New Year, New Garden

New Year, New Garden

It’s a new year and the world is ready for change! Whether it’s the kind of change that gets you moving, grooving or growing, the year 2022 is a fresh start for us all. If you’re looking for some inspiration for change in your garden this year, we’ve got your back. Let’s make this year’s garden your most impressive one yet with a few inspirational ideas to get you growing!

1. Conserve Water

If being more mindful of your consumption is something you’ve been considering, gardening offers many versatile ways to cut back not only on consumption but cost as well! A great way to save on your water bill is to use water from sources other than the hose. This year try one of the following alternative watering methods to take care of your plants and the planet.

  • Re-use old water from water bottles.
  • Use water retaining pots like terracotta pots.
  • Invest in a garden drip system that will allow for direct watering to your plant’s root system using less water without any waste.
  •  Use a rain barrel to collect rainwater!

2. Attract Wildlife

Inviting wildlife into your landscapes and garden beds can be a great way to create a healthier ecosystem for your plants to grow stronger and healthier! Here are a few ways to gather more wildlife in your 2022 garden.

  • Introduce native plants to attract native species.
  • Look for bee-friendly or pollen-friendly plants to grow.
  • Attract birds with bird feeders, birdbaths and bird fountains.
  • Incorporate a freshwater source like a pond or fountain. 

3. Plant Something New

Sometimes planting something new doesn’t always turn out and we can say that we tried. This year when it comes to planting something new, prepare for the best by trying some of these helpful tips.

  • Research your new plants to see what their optimal growing conditions are and if you’re able to provide them with the care they need.
  • Find a garden forum to see what other gardeners are saying when it comes to tips and tricks when growing your new plant.
  • Check your soil, this is where your new plant going to call home. To make sure they like their new home you will want to ensure your soil is healthy and suitable for your new plants.
  • Is it an easy or difficult plant to grow? Knowing the difficulty of your new plant will allow you to understand if you have enough time and resources for the plant to thrive.

4. Plan ahead

Sometimes it’s not until we see what someone else has to want it for ourselves. We experience this every year when spring comes and we wished we planted gorgeous tulips and ranunculus back in the fall, or when summer arrives and we missed out on scent of lilies because we didn’t plant any bulbs in the spring. To help you plan ahead, try..

  • Planning out your with a calendar, marking reminders of what needs to be planted and when.
  • Draw out your landscape on a piece of paper and map out where you want your seasonal blooms to appear, and consider layering.
  • Pre-order your favourite seasonal blooms to ensure you get them on time.

5. Propagate

Love what you have already? Spread the love by propagating. It may seem intimidating to propagate one of your beloved plants but in the plant world, it’s natural! Some plants even need to be propagated to grow stronger. This year focusing your skills on something you do well already could only help to grow to be an expert!

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Gifts For The Gardener

Gifts For The Gardener

If you are cutting it close to Christmas without having finished your shopping list, you’re not alone. It’s the busiest time of year for a reason! If you’re on the move for some gift ideas for the gardener in your life, you’re almost there. Not only do we know gardeners need, but we also know what gardeners love!

TOP 5 GARDENER FAVOURITES

There is nothing like the moment you receive a gift that you have no use for. It’s awkward, it’s polite and it’s about to collect dust in your closet. This year make sure you’re spending your money on gifting someone something they’ll use. Below are our 2021 top products used by gardeners nationwide that are great for that special gardener in your life.

#1 IN PLANT CARE – BONE MEAL

Bone Meal 2-13-0

The perfect source of plant food for all gardeners. Bonemeal has been used since the dawn of agriculture. A long-term solution for reducing transplant shock and providing essential and organic nutrients throughout the growing season. Important for growing the healthiest of plants.

#1 IN BIRDING – SOLAR BIRD BATH FOUNTAIN PUMP

Solar Bird Bath Fountain Pump

A great addition to most small ponds, birdbaths or fountains. The brighter the sun, the better this fountain works. It`s easy to use. Simply place the fountain in the water and allow it to float. A few seconds after the sunlight hits the panels, the fountain will run. A joyful addition to any bird watcher’s yard.

#1 IN SEEDS – VEGETABLES, HERBS & FLOWERS

VEGETABLE – Zucchini Dark Green 

A reliable favourite with fine flavoured dark green courgettes. Courgettes are hugely versatile and easy to grow. They need regular watering and picking for good crops. Some courgettes can be grown successfully in pots on the patio.

HERB – Rosemary

Rosemary has stiff stems with crisp, fir-like leaves and a strong, rich aroma. Dried leaves release more flavour if freshly crushed. Plant in full sun in the garden or a big container.

FLOWER – Cornflower Organic 

This hardy, drought-tolerant annual is easy to grow and self-seeds in the garden. The bright blue blooms on knee-high stems make a tasty and vibrant addition to summer salads and herbal tea mixtures – just pluck the petals and enjoy! Beautiful, delicious and easy to grow!

#1 IN TOOLS & SUPPLIES – NITRILE & NYLON GLOVES

TerraTuff Nitrile & Nylon Gloves

Dry, oily or wet condition gloves for every garden task. Breathable and Nitrile coated to protect you from punctures and abrasions. Take care of the gardener in your life by protecting them while they work!

NEED MORE?

Check out the latest episode of Get Up and Grow below, for more unique gift ideas for the gardener in your life. Too many to choose from? Give the gift of giving your gardener exactly what they want and need throughout the year with one of our new E-Gift Cards! Happy holidays to you and yours this season. Stay tuned for more from Blogs from Wildwood Outdoor Living in 2022!

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Fall Shrubs

Fall Shrubs

What’s A Shrub?

Is it a tree? Is it a bush? No, it’s shrub! Shrubs are like the middle sibling to trees and bushes. Unlike trees, shrubs are much smaller. They grow a central base with many small and woody branches stemming from the bottom to the top. Yet, shrubs are still slightly bigger than a bush with much less branches and more shape. Shrubs come in many different colors, shapes and sizes. Some with berries, some with flowers and some with both. They build beautiful landscapes, create privacy and help us breathe. Shrubs also provide food for the bees, the birds and sometimes, even us humans.

Why Fall?

If you have tried planting a shrub in the summer you know that it takes up a lot of time and energy caring for them. Summertime plantings are very stressful on all plants as it’s too hot and too dry. If you’re not outside watering your shrub with gallons of water every day, it will start to struggle and this is when you’ll notice your shrub leaves starting to fall off or it might just become droopy and sad looking.

If you’re looking to plant shrubs, fall is the best time to do so. The warm soil and crisp cool air that fall brings, promotes root growth for plants. An established root system is what you’ll want to keep your shrubs in place, allowing them to grow healthy and strong before the ground freezes. Here are a few unique shrubs to inspire you while it’s still the perfect time to plant them.

Snowberry – Native to North America, this shrub belongs to the honeysuckle family and is often left alone by the browsing deer. The Snowberry is known for it’s gorgeous pink, white, purple or red berries. Growing 1-6 ft tall and wide. Snowberry prefer full sun to partial shade with a minimum of 4 hours of indirect sunlight. If you live in zones 3-7, with dry or poor soil, the Snowberry is a great option for you as they can tolerate poor soil conditions.

Pussy Willow (Salix caprea) – Native to North America, the pussy willow is also know as goat willow. Historically used for its anti-inflammatory properties- it has been used by herbalists to treat joint and muscle pain, fever, headache and more! Pussy willows grow in zones 4-8, in full to partial shade with a minimum of 4 hours of direct sunlight each day. You can expect this large shrub to grow 15-25′ tall and 12-25′ wide. Making this a great shrub choice for anyone looking to build privacy.

Hydrangea  With over 75 different species the Hydrangea is native to both Asian and America. Depending on the variety you choose, Hydrangeas can blossom in the spring, summer or fall with large scented or unscented flowers. In zones 3-7, this shrub loves morning sun but not afternoon sun. Plant your Hydrangea in well drained soil, facing north or south. Hydrangeas are famous for their beautiful color variations, making them a popular shrub choice for those looking to add some some color to their landscape.

Viburnum – Belonging to the Adoxaceae family. Viburnums can grow anywhere between 2-30ft are there are both evergreen and deciduous varieties.  They have clusters of blooms at the end of each branch, ranging from sweet to unpleasantly scented depending on the type. Grown in zones 2-9, Viburnums prefer moist and well-drained soil with plenty of sunlight. These shrubs provide both berries and flowers which are great for attracting the birds and bees! If you are looking to attract more wildlife to your garden- a viburnum will do the trick.

Pyracantha  – A very thorny evergreen shrub that is native to Europe and Asian is not on the deer menu. This perennial shrub can grow up to 12 ft tall and wide which makes a great privacy screen. Pyracantha have fragrant white blossoms in late spring with long lasting orange, red or yellow berries thereafter depending on the type you choose. A tasty treat for the birds, the bees and the butterflies. The berries on Pyracantha can last through winter giving you a much needed burst of colour. This shrub is a fan favorite for gardeners looking to get a fresh summer feel all year round.

American Elderberry – Native to Europe and America, the Elderberry is one of the easiest shrubs to grow. With many variations, you can grow this shrub in wide variety of growing conditions and zones. The American Elderberry can grow up to 12 ft tall and 6 feet wide. In zones 3-9, this shrub prefers full sun to partial shade and almost any type of soil that is well draining. Once fully ripened in August or September, the Elderberry can be harvested for cooking or eating raw. The perfect shrub for snacking!

Don’t Forget

If you’re ready to take the next step by introducing a shrub to your yard, just be sure to read the care instructions. Each shrub comes in many different varieties, and you want to make sure the shrub you choose is the going to thrive in your growing conditions. For more shrub inspiration, check out this episode of Get Up and Grow: Shrubs and Tree’s That Add Brilliant Fall Color to Your Garden, with President of Wildwood Outdoorliving, Gord and Chek News Journalist Jasmine Bala, below. Happy Gardening!

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Summer Watering Tips

Summer Watering Tips

Watering during the summer can be tricky, especially during a heatwave, but we have some tips for you!

 

💧Choosing the right time: Water in the early morning when possible. If you can beat the heat, this gives your plants enough time to soak up all the water they need before it heats up and the water begins to evaporate. If you’re not an early bird, then choose a time of day when your garden is a little cooler.
💧Water deeply: Water deeply & right at the roots. Soaker hoses with wand attachments work great! Watering deeply ensures you’re getting right to the roots. It’s better to water deeply, less frequently when possible. We also recommend watering right at the base of the plant. Not only is it a more effective way to hydrate your plants, but letting water sit on your plants’ leaves in the hot sun can cause damage and scorching.
💧Don’t overwater: Just because it’s toasty out there, doesn’t mean your plants want to be drowned! Keep an eye on your soil. It should never be so wet that water is pooling, and you should allow some time to dry a little between waterings so the roots can get oxygen between waterings.
💧Mulch: Adding 2” – 3” of mulch makes a huge difference! Mulching helps your soil retain its moisture longer, so your plants have an opportunity to absorb more water before drying out in the hot sun. It’s also a great way to conserve water, as you’ll need to water less frequently on hot days.

💧Self-Watering: Take the guesswork out of it! Self-watering planters let you sit back and enjoy the sunshine while your plants remain optimally cared for over a long period of time! Just fill the water reservoir and let it do the rest. Our favourite brand of self-watering planters is Lechuza Canada. We have some smaller sizes available online with a few more sizes available in store.

p.s. Lechuza’s sister company is Playmobil! How cool is that?!

We hope these tips help keep your garden cool all summer long. Do you have any watering tips? Let us know!