Gardening with Candy Venning

Gardening with Candy Venning

PLANTY TO DO IN JANUARY

SUBMITTED BY CANDY VENNING Wooot woot! This stimulating time of the year is prime time to pore over the online Dahlia & seed catalogs, I mean, what else ya got goin’ on??? Dahlias have been one of my favourite cut flowers, they’re stunning in a garden, easy to...

Gardens and Other Comforts

Gardens and Other Comforts

By Candy Venning Did you find solace in the garden this summer? Was it the buzzing bees, the wind sighing across branches, the birds you had never seen before or the tide lapping in the bay? Perhaps the simple act of working with your hands in the soil, coaxing plants...

Gardeners’ Cheeky Checklist

Gardeners’ Cheeky Checklist

by Candy Venning The end of the gardening season is in sight, a relief in some ways but as always, a little sorrow mixed in. Put down that mocha-chaca-spice-latte whatsit and pull up yer booties for a final fling round the yard, it’ll give you a satisfied grin to go...

GARDENING IN THE NORTH END

GARDENING IN THE NORTH END

SUBMITTED BY CANDY VENNING What a spring we’re having! Hot, cold, panicky, rainy with a chance of Covid? The following is a point of view with some collected observations loosely grouped around gardening. As a landscape designer I’ve never, ever been so busy creating...

Gardening

‘Desperate times call for desperate measures’ seems to be the refrain dancing around most of our heads, at least some of the time. Combine that phrase with ‘stay at home’, add a bucket of springtime enthusiasm and you’ve got yourself a recipe for garden mania with a...

Losing the Lawn Part 2

Losing the Lawn part 2 Plans and Plants By Candy Venning Last issue I discussed removing some or possibly all of the sod, cautioned against rototilling, encouraged working in phases and suggested having a plan. There are a multitude of reasons for planting perennials...

Sod it, I’m losing the lawn!

Are you considering turfing the turf? Are you aiming at a pollinator friendly, native plant matrix, ‘No Mow’ or natural look? You’re definitely not alone, although you may be the first on your block. Many of my landscape consultations start with clients requesting how...

I double dare you!

A couple of weeks ago I heard a loud, odd ‘squaaawk auwkkkk’ and looked up to see two huge Red tailed Hawks in the top branches of our big old Maple trees. That may not be unusual in some areas, but we live in the downtown core, near Barton and Mary streets, so I was...

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