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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Longing for the long weekend

Birding at the Tabusintac Estuary, New Brunswick (Photo by NCC)

Birding at the Tabusintac Estuary, New Brunswick (Photo by NCC)

Much of my adolescence has prepared me well for long weekends. I grew up exploring forests, watching clouds and skipping through puddles — an amateur explorer, some might say. And I can assure you that this angst to be surrounded by green...

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Robin

Robin (Photo by Lee Karney, USWFS)

Robin (Photo by Lee Karney, USWFS)

When I was a year old my parents moved to a quarter section of bush where they built a farm. I would guesstimate that 95 per cent of what our family ate was grown on that farm. To build the nutrients up in the field’s clay soil Dad planted...

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