Three things I've pledged to do for nature this Earth Day

Val Deziel distributes a flat of wild rye for planting (Photo by NCC)

In the space of 45 minutes, NCC staff and volunters planted 1,500 plugs of native grasses. (Photo by NCC)

To celebrate Earth Day I’m sharing three easy activities I’ve pledged to do for nature this year: Plant with purpose I recently moved to a (relatively) quiet suburb of Toronto, into a house with a backyard! Which, as I’m sure...

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The forgotten art of gathering wild food

Oyster mushroom (Photo by Jim Tunney, Mushroom Observer, Wikimedia Commons)

Oyster mushroom (Photo by Jim Tunney, Mushroom Observer, Wikimedia Commons)

As I delve deeper into my own journey as an organic gardener, I come across many interconnected subjects that pique my interest. The art of foraging is just one of them. Historically our ancestors gathered food locally for both edible and...

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Urban composting: Nutrient-rich soil for your garden helps wildlife too

Compost (Photo by Kessner Photography, Wikimedia Commons)

Compost (Photo by Kessner Photography, Wikimedia Commons)

Supporters of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) are always working towards healthier land and increased biodiversity. And much like me, many people want to know how their daily lives can be friendlier to their environments. Perhaps one of the...

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Nature's bright ideas

Crocuses in spring (Photo by CBT/NCC staff)

Crocuses in spring (Photo by CBT/NCC staff)

Fall may be a time of endings — the end of summer, the end of the field season, the end of the veggie patch for another year. But as leaves begin to fall and nature turns dormant, it's also a time of planning for new beginnings — and...

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Urban gardens and conservation

Flowerbed (Photo by Bengt Nyman, Wikimedia Commons)

Flowerbed (Photo by Bengt Nyman, Wikimedia Commons)

Usually when you hear about land conservation, it usually refers to the conservation of places that are still “wild” — meaning they haven’t undergone any large-scale urbanization. However, we often forget about urban...

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Bring bees back to your garden

Bee pollinating a cherry tree (Photo by Jaimee Morozoff, NCC staff)

Bee pollinating a cherry tree (Photo by Jaimee Morozoff, NCC staff)

A few weeks ago, my mother texted me a photo of a shallow bowl with some rocks that she had set up beside her flowerbed. I didn’t have a clue what it was, and I told her as much. “It’s for my bumblebee,” she replied....

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Gardeners & lawn owners beware: Invasive species may be in your care! (Part Two)

Do you know which species are invasive in your yard? (Photo by Dru Bloomfield)

Do you know which species are invasive in your yard? (Photo by Dru Bloomfield)

Whether you are living in an urban centre, suburban subdivision or rural regions, manicured gardens provide a stark contrast to vegetation growing freely in forests, wetlands and roadsides. Many of us have been brought up to appreciate...

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Gardeners & lawn owners beware: Invasive species may be in your care! (Part One)

Japanese honeysuckle (Photo by Delaware Wildflowers)

Japanese honeysuckle (Photo by Delaware Wildflowers)

Recently, I discovered my family obtained Japanese honeysuckle from a friend and allowed them to proliferate into a big patch in our backyard. The flowers are fragrant and a pleasant sight, as well a common herb used in traditional Chinese...

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My native species bring all the pollinators to the yard

Bee pollinating a cherry tree (Photo by Jaimee Morozoff, NCC staff)

Bee pollinating a cherry tree (Photo by Jaimee Morozoff, NCC staff)

Now that spring has finally made its way across Canada (in some places it was slower in arriving than others), gardening season is in full swing! With all of the choices present at our local nurseries and big box stores, it is easy to get carried...

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Make the most of your garden this year: Choose plants with purpose

Gardening (Photo by Hans Bernhard/Wikimedia Commons)

Make the most of your garden this summer (Photo by Hans Bernhard/Wikimedia Commons)

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and gardening season has arrived across Canada. From melons to marigolds, gardens are a great way to put homegrown produce on your table and provide a colourful backdrop. And while most store shelves will...

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