by Susan
on 22 September 2017
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To be considered organic, your product must first meet the Canadian Organic Standards which are enforced by the Organic Products Regulations. This means any product that you see in stores with the Canada Organic (Biologique Canada) logo actively meets the posted standards. Most consumers inherently know that to be considered organic a product must meet certain requirements. However, a majority of Canadians don’t know what those requirements are. 

 

Is There A Purpose To Organic Standards?

How do you spot the organic fruit in the supermarket? It’s easy; you look for the Canada Organic sticker! While many customers trust the Canada Organic logo, they don’t actually know what standards a product adorned with this image upholds. The purpose of these rules is to ensure that the product customers purchase actually align with the definition of organic. This is a vital part of keeping integrity up among organic companies, as well as a way to regulate product quality from brand to brand. To the surprise of many, these standards aren’t always what a consumer might expect. There are other organic certifications products can get too. For example, all of the Delicious Dirt products are also Pro-Cert Certified Organic

 

Why Does Soil Need Organic Regulations?

When it comes to organic products, the soil is typically the last item many people consider.  However, the truth is that if the ground isn’t organic, neither is the garden or the resulting plants. If the soil isn’t organic, the plants won't be either, even if you go out of your way to purchase certified organic seeds. Why does dirt matter so much? Honesty, you’d be surprised what you could find in the soil around your home! The most common culprits are pesticides and oil, as well as chemicals, brought in by rain runoff. Organic soil is an all natural product that is produced to provide the best environment and nutritional value for optimal plant growth. The standards ensure that each product meets the requirement so that customers on confident in the quality of their purchase. 

 

What Exactly Are These Standards?

The basis of these standards are the general principles guiding Canada Organic. These principles, or beliefs, are considered the pillars of the organic movement as well.

  • Actively protect the environment and decrease pollution, while minimizing soil degradation and erosion.
  • Focus on maintaining long-term soil fertility through conditions designed to optimize biological activity within the soil.
  • Ensure the maintenance to biological diversity in the soil’s ecosystem.
  • Leave the smallest mark possible. Aim to recycle materials and resources to the greatest extent possible.
  • Emphasize the accurate processing and handling techniques required throughout production to maintain the organic integrity and qualities required by Canada Organic.
  • Model your business to rely on renewable resources in locally organized agricultural systems.

When it comes to soil, these standards include which substances, methods, and ingredients may or may not be used. The environmental factors of each component must be taken into consideration too. Organic farmers are required to actively enhance soil fertility by promoting optimal biological activity within the dirt. This means organic soil needs to include ingredients that increase the soil humus levels, which promote an optimum balance of nutrients for the produce. It is also required that organic soil sources compost ingredients from recycled plant or animal residues. Any pest control additions to an organic soil must also be ecologically-based, as chemical-based pesticides are not considered organic.

 

These standards are vital to preserving the organic integrity and quality of organic products, including soil. All of our soils are 100% all natural and are consistent with the requirements outlined by both Canada Organic and Pro-Cert. We believe that these regulations are a vital part of the organic movement and ensuring that customers are purchasing the quality of the product advertised to them. For more information about organic regulations or where to find Pefferlaw Peat and Delicious Dirt, please feel free to contact us today!

by Susan
on 21 July 2017
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Due to Canada’s ever-changing weather and seasons, finding low maintenance long-term garden plants can be a challenge. This is especially true for newer gardeners who may not have as much experience or knowledge. The truth is that there are a variety of ways that you can ensure your garden’s beauty without overexertion. It comes down to the type of plant, the environments in which it can thrive and the amount of time you are willing to commit to your garden. Check out our year-round garden tips.

 

Consider Planting Perennials

When it comes to plants, each one has a variety of unique characteristics and factors. One of the factors that most gardeners look at first with outdoor plants is their life span. These can be one season or even up to several years. When it comes to long lasting, but low maintenance plants our go to is perennials. These plants don’t live for ever, but they do typically have a life span of about two to three years, with many of them lasting year round. Some of these plants may appear to die down during some months, however, their root systems are very much alive and thriving!

 

How To Choose The “Right” Perennial?

Choosing the right plants for your garden can come as a challenge, even for an experienced green thumb. The truth is that it comes down to a variety of factors including the size of your garden, the expected weather conditions for your area, and the plant’s care needs. This is only naming a few of countless factors. One of the easiest ways to know if a perennial will survive in your garden would be to research the plant hardiness zone in your area. This color coded map makes it easy for gardeners of any skill level to choose the right plants based on where they live. This tool can also help you with choosing other plants that do not fall into the perennial category as well. 

 

A Few Of Our Favourites

When it comes to perennials, some are easier to grow than others. For new gardeners, we always suggest starting with some of the lower maintenance plants. Then, as they gain experience they can take on plants with more extensive care needs. These are a few of our favourite perennials...

  • Blue Speedwells: These beautiful blue flowers typically bloom from early summer to late autumn. They can survive winters as cold as -40C, making them a great option for many Canadian gardeners. They typically grow between 18 and 24 inches.
  • Blue Pincushion Flower: While they are stunning on their own, these plants are great in pairs. They typically bloom mid-summer and into the fall. They can survival freezes down to -34C. They are known to grow from 24 to 30 inches.
  • Threadleaf Tickseed: These gorgeous yellow flowers brighten any garden they adorn. They bloom from early summer to the fall. During the winter they can survive temperatures as low as -37C. They usually reach a height of 16 to 18 inches. 

 

When it comes to perennials, we recommend adding at least a couple to your garden. That way you aren't having to completely replant every year. This makes the long-term planning for your garden space a lot easier. It also allows newer gardeners the opportunity to gradually raise the responsibility level of their garden as they are ready. For more information about the types of plants we recommend or to learn where you can purchase Delicious Dirt and Pefferlaw Peat products, please feel free to contact us today. 

 

by Susan
on 23 June 2017
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When it comes to gardening, there are many different types of plants you can choose to grow. While many organic gardeners cultivate plants to eat, we have countless customers who also grow botanicals. We absolutely love both! In fact, we are also fascinated by the amazing botanical gardens located all over Canada and have decided to share a list of the ones we consider garden lover must-sees!

 

Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

This luscious 17-acre horticultural paradise calls Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia home. This garden isn’t a new addition to the area though, as it boasts over four hundred years of local history. While the land that these historical gardens inhabits has been associated with gardens since the 17th century, the gardens as we know them came into existence in 1981 as a way to promote their rich local history. They have even implemented aspects that honor the Acadian settlers of the area and their bond with the native Mi’kmaq people who assisted them in adjusting to the new world. 

 

High Park

Located in Toronto, High Park is known as the city’s largest park and you may be shocked by what all it offers visitors! When if comes to visiting Toronto, High Park is listed as a destination you cannot miss with 399 acres right in the middle of downtown. As expected, they offer hiking trails, a diverse array of vegetation, playgrounds and a dog park. What you may be surprised to learn is that they also host a zoo, a few restaurants, and several garden areas. They are known for their beautiful cherry blossoms, especially during bloom. In fact, many locals and tourists visit the park just to see these fascinating trees. 

 

Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens

The amazing part of this particular park is that consists of 99 acres of beautifully maintained gardens. They feature over 2,400 roses in their world-famous rose garden, as well as perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, a parterre garden, herbs and even vegetables. Not to mention that they even have a school of Horticulture for guests who are interested in learning more about plants. Another unique addition to the magnificent park is their butterfly conservatory, where visitors can get up close and personal with these wondrous creatures. 

 

Butchart Gardens

Found outside of Victoria, Butchart Gardens is one of our favorite show gardens in Canada. This garden, which was started over a hundred years ago, was once a limestone quarry. It has since become one of the most treasured parks in our country. They have a variety of gardens including a sunken garden, rose garden, Japanese garden, Italian garden, Mediterranean garden, and a concert lawn walk filled with beautiful dahlias. The lush history and the vast array of botanical beauty would make this park a wonderful stop on your next adventure in British Columbia! 

 

At Pefferlaw Peat, we believe in finding inspiration in the beauty around us. As a gardener, it is important to observe and soak in the beautiful smell and colors in the world around us. This allows us to transform our own passions into a breathtaking manifestation in our own gardens at home. For more must-see botanical gardens around Canada or to learn where you can purchase Delicious Dirt and Pefferlaw Peat Products, please feel free to contact us today.

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