Flowering Echinacea with trees in the background show good gardening to combat climate change.

7 gardening ideas for fighting climate change

As Earth Day approaches, I can’t help thinking about how many indicators of climate change can be found simply by looking out my own back door. We’ve all seen them, from plants flowering and songbirds arriving earlier than ever to wonky weather patterns. Should we start changing the way we garden? Can what we plant…

The Growroom by SPACE10 and architects Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm

The Growroom redefines container planting

Sculpture? Gazebo? Multi-tiered plant container? The Growroom, an “urban farm pavilion” is all that and an elegantly presented political statement. Swedish architects Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm teamed up with Space10, an innovation lab supported by DIY furnishing mega-brand Ikea, to promote local agriculture and came up with the Growroom. They’re hoping the globe-shaped structure…

Close-up of Petunia Night Sky.

Three spectacular container plants new for 2017

Like the perfect T-shirt you reach for every May, you probably have your favourite tried-and-true plants you return to when it comes time to fill those patio containers. But, like that awesome pair of sunglasses you a) didn’t realize you had to have before you saw them and b) are wildly, mezmerizingly fabulous, here are…

A white plate with flower and herb seeds.

Seeds of change and controversy

Do the seeds we use to grow vegetables have an untold story? In a new video documentary presented by TVO, the “battle for the future of our seeds” is presented with fascinating viewpoints that certainly aren’t mainstream. But this collection of personal stories from a wide variety of impassioned people–from “the Noah of the seed world”…

Snowdrops in the spring garden.

Spring gets sprung with the thermometer molecule

Ever wonder how plants know when to start growing again in the spring? We know that temperature and light have something to do with it. Well, scientists led by the University of Cambridge have discovered the real mechanics behind what stimulates plant growth: a ‘thermometer’ molecule. Science Daily reported October, 2016, that: ” Researchers have revealed…

A daffodil is lit up by a sunbeam.

Plants Of The Year and then some

In the calm of late winter, just before interest in seed-buying and plant-planning gets truly serious, gardening aficianados and various plant brands herald their choices for Plants Of The Year. Sure, we know that these accolades almost always coincide with various public relations and marketing campaigns but what’s the harm? If the Vancouver Courier can…

Indicator weeds

Can’t beat invasives? Eat ’em!

Got an invasive weed overtaking your garden? If you’re a glass-half-full kind of person, there are a couple of reasons why that might not be such a bad thing. First, weeds are actually great communicators. If you’ve got two or three kinds of weeds that thrive way more vigorously than any other kind, they’re likely indicator…