Category - Garden

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The Essentials of Deck Planning and Construction
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Recommended Reading: “Secret Teachings in the Art of Japanese Gardens” by David A. Slawson
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Plant Profile: Periwinkle, or Myrtle (Vinca Minor)
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Recommended Reading: “Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way” by Jake Hobson
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Plant Profile: William Baffin Rose
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Yes Virginia, It’s Yucky: Compost Management for Neat Freaks
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Ten Design Lessons from Frederick Law Olmsted, the Father of American Landscape Architecture
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Product Review: Lee Valley Tools Peony Support is Worth the Expense

Plant Profile: Periwinkle, or Myrtle (Vinca Minor)

Periwinkle (or Myrtle, Vinca Minor) is hardy in Ottawa and a wonderful, shade-tolerant ground cover. With its glossy leaves and easy-going ways I love this plant – but people in other climates should beware, as it can be invasive. Learn the full roster of pros and cons in this post.

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Recommended Reading: “Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way” by Jake Hobson

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to shape your trees and shrubs so they look like a classical Japanese garden, this book is for you. Jake Hobson’s “Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese way” is a great read and provides step by step instructions on techniques.

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Plant Profile: William Baffin Rose

Tough, thorny and pretty, William Baffin is a great choice for gardens with brutally cold winters. It can, perhaps be too vigorous…as I learned when I planted it. It eventually earned the nickname “the rose monster”…find out why.

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