Stories Tagged - weather
June 10, 2021 | Tyler Difley
Here are five tips for keeping your home cool without A/C this summer:
March 01, 2021 | Gerald Vander Pyl
Nov. 16, 2020 | Gerald Vander Pyl
Oct. 07, 2020 | Tyler Difley
Here are a few ways you can stay active and social in and around Calgary this winter:
Oct. 19, 2020 | Natalie Noble
As summer days give way to cooler weather, good times had on the patio or balcony need not end – especially, when outside is one of the safest places to be thanks to COVID-19. From simple additions to more elaborate fixes, there are many ways to winterproof outdoor spaces for year-round enjoyment.
Aug. 26, 2020 | Geoff Geddes
Aug. 26, 2016 | Donna Balzer
What's with crazy gardening terms like "deadheading?" It sounds like something done in a dark alley, in private, after midnight.
Patrick Horner, a reader and fairly new gardener, wasn't sure at first, but he figured out from an online search that it meant cutting flowers off after they fade to encourage more flowers. He sent me an email: "If I am deadheading [my dianthus], what do I remove?"
Horner's plant in question is a perennial dianthus – a hardy dwarf relative of the common-cut flower the carnation. If he deadheads it, it may bloom again a bit this season, and will certainly bloom more heavily next year because it won't use up its energy making seeds this year.
May 27, 2016 | Donna Balzer
It's early spring and it seems like time to plant.
Well go ahead and shop 'till you drop. But consider holding back on planting the tender plants such as Hosta, Begonias and even Marigolds unless you have a backup plan this spring.
I'm not talking a big plan like a home greenhouse or sturdy cold-frame. The backup plan can be as simple as a few meters of insulating fleece, also sold as Reemay or spunbond polyester. This light fabric is sold in packages at hardware stores and by the meter from rolls in garden centres.
It is sold in different thickness levels and is good for different degrees of frost. Even the thinnest, lightest fleece materials will give a few degrees of frost protection, and that is what we need in May in Calgary.
Feb. 26, 2016 | CREBNow
Nobody arguably knows more about how to succeed as a gardener in Calgary than Donna Balzer. The noted horticulturist and speaker is author of No Guff Vegetable Gardening, a regular CREB®Now columnist and trusted messiah for countless Calgarians trying to discover their green thumbs.
On Feb. 26 and 28, Balzer will take the stage at this year's Home + Garden Show to talk about how we can change our world, one cabbage at a time. CREB®Now recent sat down with Balzer to get a sneak peek.
CREB®Now: Why should I start thinking about my garden now when there's still snow on the ground?
Balzer: Gardening is two parts dreaming and three parts doing. The best ideas might be waiting for you right now at a talk, on Pinterest or in a gardening book. If you are serious about starting a garden, you will want to start looking and reading now because by the time the weather is perfect for doing it is too late.