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.

by Susan
on 16 June 2017
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The concept of organic goes beyond grocery labels, in fact, it honestly starts in the dirt. In order for a fruit, vegetable, or flower to be considered organic, it must meet a set criteria. It may seem elementary to some veteran gardeners, but you’d be surprised how little some Canadians know about being organic, as well as the regulating standards. Simply put, for the final product to be organic all components involved must also be organic throughout the entire process. From the ground up, literally!  

 

Organic Starts In The Soil

This means the soil it is grown in must be organic. To some people, this may not make sense. How is the organic dirt in the store any different than the dirt outside their own home? The truth is that our soil, especially in heavily populated areas, as well as near nonorganic farming lands, have quite a bit of soil contaminants. These often including industrial chemicals from construction, chemical based lawn care products, and a variety of other potentially harmful impurities. Even if you don’t use these harmful chemicals in your yard, over time they have the potential to seep in when a neighbor uses them, especially if your property experiences run-off. 

 

The Seeds Themselves Must Be Organic Too

Genetically modified seeds are not considered organic. In order to grow organic plants, the seed must meet organic regulations too. The key of organic is to eat crops similar to what our ancestors ate before we began modifying them. However, many of the seeds sold in stores today are modified in some way. So ensuring you purchase organic seeds is a vital part of the process that some may accidentally overlook. The next time you are at the grocery store, compare an organic fruit to its nonorganic counterpart. Do you see any differences? There are some. Most of these visual differences came from the variations between their seeds. 

 

The Whole Process Matters

The organic status of a plant doesn’t just rely on soil and seed alone. Only organic pesticides, fertilizer, herbicides and other products can be used throughout the process. These avoid the use of toxic chemicals that can affect human health, as well as the health of surrounding wildlife.   The first thing you need to understand is that pesticides, in comparison to most chemicals we come in contact with daily, are deliberately added to the environment for the purpose of killing or injuring some form of life. These chemicals cannot discriminate between their victims, such as the 9 incidences per year of fish being killed in large numbers due to pesticide runoff from nearby farms during heavy rain in Montague on Prince Edward Island.

 

Organic is more than just a label, it’s a dedication to unaltered food. It’s a belief in consuming natural products. It’s a commitment to a healthier lifestyle. It's hoping for a brighter future. “Organic” means so many different thins to a vast variety of people. To us it means leaving the earth better than we found it, starting from the ground up. For more information on organic standards or where you can purchase Pefferlaw Peat and Delicious Dirt products, please feel free to contact us today. 

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