by Susan
on 21 July 2017

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

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 02 June 2017

Despite what some people may believe, gardening has a number of benefits to our health. In fact, most Canadians would be surprised to learn exactly how beneficial exercising their green thumb could be. Yes, gardening can cultivate a healthier diet and ultimately a healthier lifestyle, however, its benefits even go beyond that! We’ve discussed some of the other ways that gardening can benefit your life by reducing depression, limiting anxiety, adding exercise, and even increasing vitamin D. Although, today we want to talk about a more specific way that gardening can benefit you and your loved ones. There is now evidence that gardening can decrease a person’s chance of developing Alzheimer’s. 


Alzheimer’s & The Movement of Gardening

As shocking as this may be for some readers, there is a correlation between Alzheimer’s and gardening. It comes down to the movement involved in building, cultivating and maintaining a garden. According to a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease risk of developing Alzheimer’s can be reduced by 50 percent by engaging in activities such as gardening. The same study also shows an improvement in overall cognitive functions as well. In fact, this particular study is one of the largest samples sizes studied so far in the search for methods of reducing the chances for developing Alzheimer’s. It has been incredibly enlightening for many facets of Alzheimer’s research.


Cultivating The Garden of Your Mind

Is it due to the physical activity involved in gardening that cuts the risk of developing Alzheimer’s in half? This is quite the question, as anyone who has ever gardened before, even if they’ve only planted a few seeds, knows that it takes some brain power too. It seems, the more you get into your gardening and the larger your garden grows, the more cognitive effort you must devote to the project. The truth is that studies also show that both social engagement and intellectual stimuli are also associated with lowering the risk of developing Alzheimer’s as well. 

In fact, many gardeners and doctors will tell you that the physical and mental aspects of gardening both play vital factors is its benefit of reducing this disease. There are so many factors involved in planning, growing and maintaining a garden. The ability to think through solutions regarding location, weather changes, as well as a variety of other situations truly does strengthen the overall cognitive ability of gardeners. These cognitive exercises taught by nature don’t just strengthen a gardener’s mind, they also freshen their adaptability as well. As we age, we must adapt to many things, often including health setbacks and loss. This too is a gift many gardeners receive with each harvest. 


When it comes to gardening, there is more to it than beauty and nutritional sustainability. There are countless reasons for why people choose to exercise their green thumb and preventing Alzheimer’s is one of them. The best approach to quality lifelong health is proactivity, as well as nourishing your body both physically and emotionally. In almost every way fathomable gardening accomplishes these things. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of gardening or where you can purchase Delicious Dirt and Pefferlaw Peat products, please feel free to contact us today.  

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