TROWEL TALK -Lanark & Ottawa MG

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TROWEL TALK -April 4, 2023

Wildflowers and Native Plants. Are they the Same? Gardening for nature: Ecoregion 5 – Shrubs, planting for American Robins, Anise hyssop

TROWEL TALK -March 3, 2023

Getting a Head Start on the Summer Growing Season, Gardening for nature: Ecoregion 5 – Trees, Planting for Owls, Aquilegia canadensis

TROWEL TALK -February 2, 2023

Interpreting your Garden, Gardening for nature: Ecoregion 5, Planting for Woodpeckers, Sanguinaria canadensis

TROWEL TALK -January 1, 2023

Wild Ginger, Angel Wing Begonia, Planting for Black Capped Chickadees, Book Review – A Way to Garden


Trowel Talk – November 2022

Documenting seeds,
Botanical art,
Book review – A Garden for the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee,
Siberian pea shrub


Trowel Talk – January 2022

  • Seed Catalogues–The pleasure of reading them and the information gained.
  • Amaryllis–How to grow your plant and regrow it the following year.
  • Understanding Soil–What’s going on beneath our feet? 
  • Charming a Snake Plant.
  • Gardener Beware: Reed Canary Grass.
  • Ask a Master Gardener answer questions about:
    • Snow Seeding
    • Saving Overwatered Plants.


Jade plant, Invasive plants, Valentine’s day gift, Microgreens  Trowel Talk – January 2021

Aloe, Clivia, Ajuga, winter garden for birds  Trowel Talk – February 2021

Sorrel, Weeds, Sage or Savory, Bloodroot, Amur Maple  Trowel Talk – March 2021

Earth day, Rhubarb, Clematis, Spring edimentals, Creeping Jenny  Trowel Talk – April 2021

Lily of the valley, vegetables in containers, Asparagus, Hepaticas, Wood poppy, Yellow archangel  Trowel Talk – May 2021

Rose pests, Water Wise Gardening, Book review, Buckthorn, Ditch Lily  Trowel Talk – June 2021

Successive planting, Harvesting garlic, Solving questions, Pollinator tips, English ivy  Trowel Talk- July 2021

Daylilies, Pesticide Ban, Ginger, Nasturiums, Periwinkle  Trowel Talk – August 2021

Trowel Talk-October 2020

  • Garden Magic: Planting bulbs with kids
  • Ask a Master Gardener
  • Who Let The Moths Out
  • Goldenrods
  • Fallen Leaves: Some Collective Wisdom

Trowel Talk September 2020

  • Drying Hydrangeas
  • Ask a Master Gardener
  • Naturalizing With Native Grasses
  • Dividing Daylilies
  • Invasive Plant Profile: Creeping bellflower
  • Abundant Lemon Verbena

Trowel Talk August 15, 2020

  • A Kale for everyone1
  • Ask a Master Gardener
  • Fruit bushes in an Urban Setting
  • Native Plant profile: Spotted Joe Pye Weed
  • From the Garden
  • Book Review: The New Canadian Garden
  • My Favourite Beets
  • Meadowscaping
  • The Arrival of Japanese Beetles
  • Herb Containers: Fragrance Plus Flavour

Trowel Talk June 2020:

  • Calendula
  • Garden Safety
  • Planting to preserve and beautify your shoreline
  • Garden Mint
  • Onions Galore!

Trowel Talk May 2020:

  • Growing Food to Share
  • Ask a Master Gardener (Annabelle hydrangeas)
  • My Favourite Radishes
  • Who Put the “Zinn” in the Zinnias?
  • Native Plant Profile: Vernonia

Trowel Talk May 15, 2020

Trowel Talk April 2020:

  • Ask a Master Gardener – Thinning vegetable seedlings
  • Planting Tomatoes to Prevent Problems
  • Grow a Pizza Garden for Children
  • Native Plant Profile: False Blue Indigo

Trowel Talk March 2020:

  • Gingko
  • Dormant Oil