Special reports

The world of gardening is as vast as the imagination of each of us gardeners can make it. These reports highlight some of nature’s surprises.

In fall and spring, succeed in planting

If planting is one of the most enjoyable things to do in the garden, it is also one of the most crucial phases in the life of a plant, tree or shrub. We owe it to them to perform it well!
Succeed in planting

How does Russian olive impact the environment?

Russian olive is a beautiful shrub, but in North America it’s declared unwelcome! This invasive shrub tends to out-compete native plants. In time, entire ecosystems are altered forever. So what makes Russian olive invasive? It hurts the environment! Interestingly, regular olive (Olea europaea) is also detrimental to the environment in some areas! Impact on the […]
Russian olive tree with many fruits

How to winterize your plants

So you splurged and treated yourself to a eucalyptus tree, an oleander, a mimosa tree, a lemon tree or an olive tree? Here is how to protect these plants over the cold season.
Winterizing plants

Cuttings and propagation, guiding principles

Preparing cuttings is a very simple plant propagation technique that many plants tolerate perfectly. Its main advantage is that it allows you to reproduce the same exact plant
Cuttings

Harvesting Mahonia berries – easy, abundant for tasty toasts & desserts!

Mahonia berries are an unexpected addition to the many fruits and berries you can grow in your garden! This oft-planted ornamental shrub hides a surprise treat for the fall: its delicious, tart berries! Learn all about how and when to harvest them. Key Mahonia harvest facts Harvest season – late fall Northern Hemisphere – September, […]
Mahonia berry harvest

Affordable garden ideas that are cheap and look great

Deck, hedge, plants, lawn, garden furniture… Setting up a garden often runs up quite a bill, especially when moving in. Turn into a landscaping pro with these few ideas that’ll help landscape a garden for cheap.
A lawn chair with comfortable pillows in an affordable garden setting.

Miniature man-made aquifer

Ever dreamed of having a garden that stays green throughout droughts? Do your water-hogging plants keep you from taking more than a week-end off?
Two large pans filled with hydrogel water crystals crossed by an irrigation pipe provide a miniature man-made aquifer for plants.

Hydrogel water crystals to beat drought

This is a product that goes by many different names: Polyter, Water Crystals, Orbeez, Watergel, Hydrogel, Hydrosource, Water drops, root watering crystals, super-absorbent polymers, PAM, water retention granules, hydrating crystals, water beads, water pebbles, hydrobeads, crystal soil, water jelly, jelly balls, soil moist, super slusher… The list seems endless and shows how much hope is […]
The sun is reflected in a swollen bead of hydrogel balls.

Blooming Summer Garden Boxes

Don’t know what to plant in your garden boxes in Summer? Perennials and annuals, take a look at our summer container plant insights as a source of new inspiration.
Summer garden box planting arrangement ideas

What if we gardened with the moon?

Gardening with the moon, sure! But how? Gardeners have always observed with fascination the impact of the moon on plants they were growing.
The moon in a blue sky influcencing hazy tree leaves in the foreground.

Indoor living plant wall, easy and impressive

Tiny apartments or one-room studios can also be home to rich plant life. Even if you don’t have a single flat countertop or windowsill to place your nice pots and containers! An amazing indoor plant wall
Indoor living plant frame with a few plants growing in it.

Use dead leaves to fertilize and protect plants

In fall, when trees and shrubs lose their foliage, a thick blanket of useful dead leaves forms in the garden. It is the season to unclog gutters and pick up leaves, and use them for gardens and vegetable plots
Dead leaves about to fall in the garden

A beehive in your garden

Bees are endangered, especially because of the massive use of pesticides. One thing you can do to protect them is to
Beekeeper opening a hive

Make soil mix from household items

Turn many items throughout the house into perfectly good soil mix! Especially useful to get started on gardening without needing to go out.
Soil mix can be made from household items

Mulch, it protects and decorates your flower beds

Mulch is a trendy product that protects, decorates and supports plant growth for all your plantations. A natural product, mulching is very beneficial to your plants and your garden, all the while reducing that most cumbersome of garden tasks: weeding!
Mulch

Watering – we’re all involved

Watering is an essential part of gardening – but how should we go about it? 40% of American rivers and 25% of Western and Central Europe’s rivers are extremely polluted.
Watering, a critical garden task

How to save bees

Now that governments are starting to ban insecticides that are the most dangerous to our honey-making friends, a reminder of the situation and the best practices to implement on how to save bees.
A bee hovers near a lavender flower.

Using rainwater for the garden

Wondering about harvesting rainwater for the garden? Apart from the usual environmental and ethical considerations that may drive you to find something better than tap water to water the garden, there’s also that simple reality check we sometimes overlook: your wallet! Indeed, tap water as provided by utilities tends to be quite expensive, and prices […]
Rainwater tank connected to gutter spout

Designing a sensory garden: why, where and what

A sensory garden has a simple goal: maximize the sensory experience of its visitors. Designing such a garden isn’t very difficult. You can follow various themes, set portions up into dedicated areas, or fuse all the experiences together as a whole. They’re generally very guest-friendly and inviting,
Sensory garden design

How to make children like gardening

Whether in an apartment or in a house with a garden, gardening with children is a true pleasure that also has very educational benefits! Arousing curiosity, teaching patience and respect, this time of family bonding
How to make a child like gardening and nature

Landscape a small garden with 5 simple features

A small garden is definitely an excellent opportunity to showcase what’s really most important. Discover our tips and advice to transcend your small outdoor space and, through astute landscaping ideas, make it seem larger than it is! Read also: 5 ideas to set up a shaded courtyard Clever ways to organize a long, narrow garden […]
Small garden terrace landscaped with brilliant ideas

Swing set, perfect for the garden

Choosing the right swing set is important when you have children, especially if you want the swingset to last a long time. They can come either in wood or in metal
Wooden swingset with 5 activities.
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