Let your garden go to pot(s) this summer

Gardeners in Muskoka must cope with two unalterable realities: the season is short, and the soil is shallow. We can’t do much about the length of our summers, but we certainly have options when it comes to the soil. We can bring in truckloads of topsoil, compost and mulch and transform an entire property. Or […]

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Blooms that chase the snow away

By the middle of March, we northern gardeners are chomping at the bit to get our hands into the soil. Some of us scratch the itch by poring over seed catalogues, starting seedlings in sunny windows, or just obsessively watching HGTV. Growing season for most of us is still a month or more away. But […]

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Bringing garden ideas home

It’s easy to get jealous if you spend any time in subtropical gardens this winter. Everywhere you look you’re surrounded by gorgeous plants that just won’t grow in Muskoka. We know because we often get photos from our clients, showing us gardens they’ve seen on their travels and asking if we can create something like […]

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Seeing shapes in winter

Photography isn’t just about capturing what you see: it can also be a way of changing the way you look at the landscape. To get a truly different view of Muskoka this winter, try photographing it in black and white. Black and white landscape photography has a long and honourable history. Ansel Adams is undoubtedly […]

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Crops on the windowsill

All summer we’ve been talking about growing herbs. But who says you need to stop now that winter is here? Herbs are perfect for indoor gardening, giving you greenery as well as a taste of summer freshness. And best of all, they can be incredibly easy to grow. As long as you’ve got sunny window […]

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Herbs of the season

There is more sage used at Thanksgiving and Christmas than at any other time of year – what would turkey stuffing be without it? But the ancients used it for much more, including cleansing rituals on both sides of the Atlantic. This remarkable herb was said to encourage fertility, promote breast milk production, clean wounds, […]

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Healthy and lucky

It’s great on pizza and essential in spaghetti sauce, but oregano has long been prized as a bringer of good luck and good health. It’s even been reputed to cure overdoses of opium and hemlock. Like many ancient herbs, oregano goes by a variety of names, including dittany and marjoram (which is a mild form […]

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Help the bees

To help the bees, find their homes For bees to thrive, they need food, a summer home, and a place to winter. The flowers we plant are fantastic food sources, but what about their homes? Researchers at York University are asking for help to figure out what we can do to create and protect summer […]

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Summer of herbs: basil

Ah, there’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh basil. Cooks know it as a fantastic addition to salads, lovely ground up into pesto, or used as one of three ingredients in a pizza margherita. Herbalists, on the other hand, have a much more complex understanding of the plant. Any plant this distinctive and pungent […]

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Is it time to plant thyme?

You can walk on it and bathe with it, eat it, drink it, or just enjoy its scent. It’s supposed to boost your courage and decrease your melancholy, repel snakes and attract faeries to your garden. It’s a trouble-free garden plant that asks for nothing more than dry feet and a decent amount of sunshine. […]

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