INFORMATION OF INTEREST TO NORTHERN ONTARIO GARDENERS

MASTER GARDENERS OF ONTARIO

Master Gardeners (MGs) in the Province of Ontario are experienced gardeners who have studied horticulture extensively and continue to upgrade their skills through technical training. With this training and continuing education, Master Gardeners provide expert horticultural advice to the general public.

Gardeners Resources

CANADIAN WILDLIFE FEDERATION

The Canadian Wildlife Federation’s mission is to conserve and inspire the conservation of Canada’s wildlife and habitats for the use and enjoyment of all.

Bird Feeding

Gardening For Butterflies

Natural Insect Control

Pollinators

Certify Your Garden

Gardening 101

Gardening For Wildlife

Gardening Resources

EVERGREEN FOUNDATION

We believe we can solve even the most pressing urban environmental issues by bringing diverse people together, inspiring them with possibilities and engaging them in identifying solutions and taking action. The need has never been more urgent.

Guide to Backyard Composting

Building Healthy Soil - #1

Building Healthy Soil - #2

Food Gardening For Schools

Gardening In Small Spaces

Managing Weeds and Pests Organically

Native Plant Database

Fruit Tree Production

Fruit Tree Budding

Fruit Tree Canopy Management

Integrated Pest Management for Fruit Trees

Organic Food Gardening

Caring for Plants Organically

PROFLOWERS

It can be pretty heartbreaking when your plants look less than stellar. Sometimes an easy remedy to restore plant health is adding more water or moving to a sunnier spot. If that doesn’t work and you’ve tried many options, it could be a sign of a larger problem. Your plant could have a disease.

14 Common Plant Diseases

HUMBER NURSERIES LTD.

Humber Nurseries Ltd. is Ontario’s largest all season garden centre. Located on 24 acres in the southeast corner of Brampton with a 100-acre growing farm in Caledon East to support the demand for quality landscape plants, locally grown and available at competitive prices.

Green Thumb Gardening Guides

COMMUNITY GARDEN NETWORK
OF OTTAWA

Community Gardening Network of Ottawa is an information and resource-sharing network that supports the sustainable development of community gardens within the City.

Garden Guide

Front Yard Edible Gardens

CANADIAN COUNCIL ON INVASIVE SPECIES

Originally named the 'National Invasive Species Working Group,' this working group formed as a result of a joint meeting early in 2009 where 10 provinces and two territories voiced the desire to share knowledge across Canadian borders, as invasive species ‘know no boundaries.’  

Together, members agreed that a national working group would help build bridges across Canada to work together in the battle against invasive species.

Giant Hog Weed

Invasive Plants Fact Sheets

BUILDIUM'S SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING GUIDE

Are you thinking about fixing up your yard or garden? Give back to the environment as you sculpt your own aesthetically pleasing outdoor space. Learn some of the best practices for green landscaping, including tips for specific situations such as living in an urban area without a lot of yard space or growing native plants for your environment.

Sustainable Landscaping Guide

CANADIAN BIODIVERSITY INFORMATION FACILITY

The CANADIAN POISONOUS PLANTS INFORMATION SYSTEM presents data on plants that cause poisoning in livestock, pets, and humans. The plants include native, introduced, and cultivated outdoor plants as well as indoor plants that are found in Canada. Some food and herbal plants are also included that may cause potential poisoning problems.

Canadian Poisonous Plant Information

GARDENMAKING MAGAZINE

Garden Making inspires and informs home gardeners with useful, practical information you can use in your home garden. We serve expert and beginning gardeners — anyone who really wants to know the what, when and how of gardening.

Plant Ideas

Container Gardening

Food to Grow

Tips and Techniques

NATUREWORKS

Nancy DuBrule-Clemente is the owner of Natureworks Horticultural Services, an organic garden center, landscape design, consultation, installation and maintenance service in Northford, Ct.

Handouts

ONTARIO MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE FOOT & RURAL AFFAIRS

The ministry extends practical and financial assistance to farmers to improve their techniques, rehabilitate their land and upgrade their livestock and crops. It supports research and education at agricultural colleges, laboratories, research institutes and universities. The ministry conducts an extensive marketing program for Ontario farm products both domestically and internationally. The Foodland Ontario Program of the ministry aims to increase consumer consumption of Ontario fresh and processed food products. The Ministry has the mandate to encourage rural economic development.

Ontario Weeds - Weed Gallery

Pollinator Health - Discussion Paper

Horticultural Crop Information

I CAN GARDEN

ICanGarden.com began in 1995 by Master Gardener, Donna Dawson, with a view to providing information to gardeners. Since its origin, ICanGarden has grown to include information on over 500 garden clubs, almost 300 public gardens, over 8000 articles from over 150 garden writers, gardening events from around the world, over 1200 links, over 900 suppliers and thousands of forum and member items.

Gardening Articles

NORTHERN SHADE GARDENING

My garden is located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, which is in gardening zone 3, where winter temperatures can drop to -40°C (-40°F). It is usually covered in snow for about 5 months of the year, so the growing season is short. Northern Shade Gardening contains information about the types of hardy perennials, shrubs, bulbs and trees that perform well in these cold climate conditions.

Plant Selection Ideas for Zone 3 Gardeners

ORGANIC GARDENING

When Organic Farming and Gardening magazine premiered in May 1942, only a few voices warned of conventional agriculture and the global chemical revolution’s dangers—to our health, to our environment, and to our future. J.I. Rodale, the founder of the American organic movement and what later became Organic Gardening, held firm in his belief that organic agriculture was essential to our survival. Back then, if you thought that organic food was important, your only choice was to grow it yourself. Organic Gardening was your essential guide.

Gardening Articles

Gardening Downloads

Gardening Videos

NORTHERN GARDENING

Northern Gardening is an excellent resource for all gardeners–especially those in a colder climate. I am a Minnesota Master Gardener with over 30 years of hands-on experience working in my own zone 4 northern gardens.

Gardening Articles

Plant Guides

Archived Articles

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
MASTER GARDENERS

Master Gardeners in the Portland metro area deliver educational programming through 10-Minute University (TM), a program designed to pack research-based information into short presentations.  Accompanying handouts have been reviewed by OSU Extension faculty for factual accuracy.

10-Minute University Handouts

HGTV BASIC LAWNCARE TIPS

 To get that perfect lawn you may have to change your mindset, says landscape designer Gary Alan. The basics, he says, are pretty simple: sun, water and fertilizer. Once you get those down, everyone's happy — you and your lawn.

Eight tips on keeping your grass green

GARDEN BUILDINGS DIRECT

I volunteer my time as a tutor in the evenings, weekends, and summers working with students between the ages of 12 and 15. Recently we worked on a project about food/gardening and part of that project was creating an infographic all about fruit and vegetables.

What does the colour of your fruits and vegetables tell you?

MARK CULLUM
10000 GARDENING QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Television, radio and newspaper gardener Mark Cullen presents a searchable library of articles and gardening information and a virtual tour of his own garden.

http://markcullen.com/

 GUIDE TO GROWING YOUR OWN ORGANIC FOOD

Those against the idea of organic gardening and farming would suggest it’s impractical and expensive. However, organic growing is no different to what our ancestors practiced in the past – when herbicides and pesticides wouldn’t have been available.

https://www.eckman.co.uk/resources/organic-gardening/introduction/

TORONTO MASTER GARDENERS

Part of an international non-profit community service network, Toronto Master Gardeners are a group of more than 130 trained horticulturists who volunteer their time to provide advice to home gardeners in the Toronto area.

Gardening Guides

ONTARIO CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION

With eighty-eight per cent of Ontario chiropractors reporting that gardening is the most common source of back and neck pain during the warm weather season, the Ontario Chiropractic Association's Plant and Rake Without the Ache public education program is aimed at helping gardeners to avoid the stiff and sore joints, muscle,
neck and back pain that sometimes accompanies
work in the yard.

Plant and Rake Without the Ache - Brochure

Plant and Rake Without the Ache

Tips for a Healthy Back in the Garden

Stretch Before You Start

The Right Moves

Bend Your Knees to Lift with Ease

BURPEE

Burpee Home Gardens presents "Garden Fresh" – an insightful yet fun vegetable gardening guide that answers your questions on everything from what to grow, to how much and when. This companion offers ideas, inspirations, and the support you need to explore – and succeed at – the world of home vegetable gardening.

Garden Fresh: Burpee Vegetable Garden Guide

Burpee Home Gardens brings you the best, tried-and-true annual flowers as garden-ready plants, helping create a garden that's uniquely yours. Click on the plants below to find foolproof guidelines for planting and growing.

Burpee Annual Flowers Guides

“I Can Grow” is our national program to support a new, popular interest in home vegetable gardening among younger and novice gardeners. This new generation of gardeners is looking for fresher, more nutritious food and is feeling the need to connect with their community and nurture their environmental responsibility. They’re also finding personal satisfaction through home gardening – and are saving money on their grocery bill as well!

Burpee: I can Grow Program

ON NATURE:
FEDERATION OF ONTARIO NATURALISTS

Ontario Nature is a non-profit organization based in Toronto that promotes the preservation and conservation of natural areas in the Canadian province of Ontario. It was established in 1931 as the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, and changed its name in 2004 to
"refresh its image".

Backyard Habitat

LANDSCAPE ONTARIO

Started in 1973, Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association (LOHTA) is a vibrant association representing over 2000 horticultural professionals.

Green for Life:
Garden Style & Plant Resource

NORTH AMERICAN
NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY

NANPS was founded in 1985 by a small group of dedicated conservationists as the Canadian Wildflower Society. As our American membership grew, and acknowledging that plants don't recognize political boundaries, we changed our name to the North American Native Plant Society in 1999. 

Downspout Bog Gardens

ONTARIO INVASIVE PLANT COUNCIL

The OIPC is a non-profit, multi-agency organization founded in April 2007 by a group of individuals and organizational representatives who saw the need for a coordinated provincial response to the growing threat of invasive plants.

Invasive Plants Management Handouts

Grow Me Instead (Northern Ontario)

Garden Smart in Ontario

WEBINAR SERIES

ONTARIO HORTICULTURAL ASSOCIATION

For over 100 years, the members of the Ontario Horticultural Association have been keeping Ontario beautiful.

Roll Out the Barrel

Roadsides:
A Guide to Creating a Pollinator Patch


GREENING UP WEBSITE

ONTARIO MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES

"We are working to protect Ontario's rich biodiversity for future generations while we continue to promote economic opportunities and outdoor recreation."

The Tree Atlas - Northeastern Ontario

What Tree Grows Best Where You Live

 NORTHERN SHADE GARDENING

With such a short gardening season I try to extend it by planting many early and late flowers. To get a quick start in spring, I plant a number of early spring bulbs. Then the woodland plants start flowering. I also have many foliage perennials that look good all season, and the ones with evergreen leaves make a colourful early spring and late fall garden.

Most of my garden is in shade or part shade because of the mature trees. I’ve included information about how different plants have performed in low light conditions, as well as how much direct sun or dappled light they receive. Some plants do well under deciduous trees, where they get extra light in the spring, before the trees leaf out.

http://northernshade.ca/about/

J & L GARDEN CENTRE

J&L Garden Center was established in 1958, in
Centerville, Utah.

Handouts

ANDY'S NORTHERN ONTARIO WILDFLOWERS

Illustrated on this site are photographs of some common wildflowers that grow in and around the city of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.  All flowers illustrated were photographed in their wild setting or habitat in, or close to, the city of Sudbury.  Wildflowers photographed at other locations are labeled accordingly.

My goal is to increase the awareness of the types and habitats of wildflowers and some associated plants that grow near the City of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, and wildflowers that grow in other localities in northern Ontario, Canada. 

Wildflowers of the Sudbury Area

PLANT PARADISE

Plant Paradise Country Gardens is an award winning botanical garden & organic perennial nursery on 24 scenic acres in Caledon. With spectacular plant combinations for sun & shade, the gardens showcase the vast selection of fascinating perennials we grow and sell in our on-site nursery & garden centre.  The botanical gardens demonstrate how you can have a beautiful garden without pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers.

Gardening for the Birds and Butterflies

Attracting Beneficial Insects

RENEE'S GARDEN

Renee Shepherd is widely regarded as a pioneering innovator in introducing international vegetables, flowers and herbs to home gardeners and gourmet restaurants. She founded Shepherd's Garden Seeds in 1985 (later selling the company) and established Renee's Garden to do what she likes best - searching out the very best seeds from around the world, testing them in her own gardens, cooking and developing recipes around their unique characteristics, and sharing them with other gardeners.

Articles, and Advice

Gardening Videos

NORTHERN ONTARIO PLANT DATABASE

The Northern Ontario Plant Database (NOPD) is a website that provides free public access to records of herbarium specimens housed in northern Ontario educational and government institutions. 

The goal of the NOPD is to provide up-to-date and accurate information on the flora of northern Ontario.

The Northern Ontario Database project was developed by and is managed by Susan J. Meades, a field botanist and adjunct professor (now retired) at Algoma University College. Administration is handled through the Upper Lakes Environmental Research Network (ULERN).

Links to plant-related websites

CTV GARDENING VIDEOS
CTV has archived a collection of Mark Cullen gardening segments from Canada AM for gardening enthusiasts.

Archive of Mark Cullen Videos

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension publications offer research-based, peer-reviewed objective information in a wide range of topics.  Written by specialists and educators in UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, publication topics range from crop production to flower gardening and from managing your wildlife to managing your finances and communicating with your teenager.

Lawn and Garden Handouts

BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS

You don't need a degree in horticulture or even a green thumb to learn how to landscape your yard. What you do need is patience and a little bit of inspiration. Nationally known garden designer and author Jon Carloftis breaks it down for gardeners of every skill level.

How to Landscape Your Yard

RICHTERS SEMINARS

Richters has been growing and selling herbs since 1969. Our first catalogue dedicated to herbs came out in 1970. We have lived, worked and breathed herbs ever since.

View their gardening videos a the link below:

https://www.richters.com/show.cgi?page=events/events2014.html

COMPOSTING 101

You can buy ready-made, organic compost to get a jump start. But it’s easy and inexpensive to make your own with the right materials and good equipment.

http://www.planetnatural.com/composting-101/

BEGINNERS GUIDE TO SEED SAVING

Everything you need to know to get a repeat performance of your favorite edibles next year without ever buying new seeds again.

http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/beginners-guide-seed-saving

EKMAN: PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS FOR THE GARDEN
Although this is a British website,  it contains valuable information about growing food organically.

https://www.eckman.co.uk/resources/organic-gardening/

BUILDING YOUR OWN HOME GARDEN

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While there are many changes that homeowners can do relatively inexpensively, one that can have an impact on the overall look of a property would be changes to the landscaping of the home. Landscaping could include trees, flowers, plants and overall look of the lawn. All could be taken care of by every homeowner regardless of their experience, with minimal cost.

To assist new and experienced homeowners, we have provided a number of useful resources to help make your home and garden beautiful. We hope that this information will help in your do it yourself gardening projects. Please feel free to bookmark this page and refer to it as often as you need. Also, if you feel this information can be useful for others, please feel free to share it with others.