In June of 2001 I started writing a weekly gardening column called 'The Gardener's Corner' for our community paper The Innisfil Scope. I was invited to contribute to the quarterly magazine 'Footprints' that the publisher also produced and enjoyed writing for both. The beautiful coffee table magazine that we were all so proud of was discontinued a couple of years ago when The Scope was sold to a new publisher. Unfortunately The Scope was recently sold again to a larger group and has been discontinued with any news absorbed by the small paper they already deliver in our area. The advantage of our long standing community paper was that it was mailed to the residents. However, with the increases from Canada Post on April1, our paper became more of an expense and not able to hold its own any longer.
I know a number of residents read my blog and the above information is for you to know and pass on, as well as where my weekly column can be found please.
Occasionally my articles may appear in the New Tecumseh Times and/or Shelburne Free Press as the last editor of The Scope is willing to run them when there is space.
For my blogging friends and anyone else who stops by for a visit, we all restructure our blogs from time to time and after giving it some thought, I'm going to continue The Gardener's Corner here every Thursday. There is no label specifically for it as any gardening information I've shared in the past is under Garden Musings. Gardening events of interest will be shared for our corner of Ontario as well.
This is the logo the paper created for me years ago which will be at the top of each column I post.
“All Things Plants” ( http://allthingsplants.com/apps/calendar) is a fantastic website with a spring and fall growing calendar for use by Canadian and US gardeners. Entering Innisfil or my postal code brings up Barrie each time, but that’s close enough to discover our last frost date this year is May 26. The suggested planting times for transplanting or direct sowing a large list of vegetables is available, and a handy guide to have. There’s also a link at the bottom to Margaret Roach’s planting guide, the long time garden writer for Martha Stewart Living. Just enter your last frost date for her chart.
The Biology Department of Carleton University (Ontario) is again soliciting our help to track the lily leaf beetle.
The larval stage that is supposed to look like a bird dropping, and therefore not tasty to a predator.
Many gardeners, myself included, felt it was easier to remove the lilies. If you’d like to participate in tracking the beetle, visit their site at http://lilybeetletracker.weebly.com.
The weather is warming again and it's time to get out and do spring cleanup in the garden!
Many thanks to the followers of my blog, new followers and visitors that like to have a look. Comments are always appreciated and if you are unable to do so, my contact information is along the top to contact me with questions or comments regarding the articles I post.