gardening

Crabapples will burn if the fruit is in direct contact with intense sunlight. Typically the burn will be a brown colour and found outwards from the tree. The burnt portion will not ruin the apple unless the temperature remains above 32 C for an extended period of time. (File photo by Black Press news services)

Plants can burn: Here’s how to protect them during heat wave

When the temperature is well above the normal range for any length…

  • Jul 8, 2021
Crabapples will burn if the fruit is in direct contact with intense sunlight. Typically the burn will be a brown colour and found outwards from the tree. The burnt portion will not ruin the apple unless the temperature remains above 32 C for an extended period of time. (File photo by Black Press news services)
Dakota Dillon gives annual flowers a good watering at Parkland Nurseries on Friday. Garden centres across central Alberta are ready for a customer onslaught as more people find their green thumbs during the pandemic. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

More central Albertans finding their green thumbs in this second pandemic spring

Garden centres are preparing for a surge in customers

Dakota Dillon gives annual flowers a good watering at Parkland Nurseries on Friday. Garden centres across central Alberta are ready for a customer onslaught as more people find their green thumbs during the pandemic. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).
This undated image provided by Matthew Pottage shows drought-tolerant succulents in a window box in London. (Matthew Pottage via AP)

Going beyond the traditional window-box garden

Going beyond the traditional window-box garden

This undated image provided by Matthew Pottage shows drought-tolerant succulents in a window box in London. (Matthew Pottage via AP)
This undated photo shows lettuce seedlings in New Paltz, NY. After three or four weeks, these lettuce plants will fill their "cells" and be ready to transplant outdoors in the garden. (Lee Reich via AP)

Time to try growing some vegetable or flower transplants

Time to try growing some vegetable or flower transplants

This undated photo shows lettuce seedlings in New Paltz, NY. After three or four weeks, these lettuce plants will fill their "cells" and be ready to transplant outdoors in the garden. (Lee Reich via AP)
People hike the snow-covered path at Wompatuck State Park, in Hingham, Mass., on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. The winter storms that have wreaked havoc in large swaths of the country recently can also damage trees and shrubs. (Erin Minichiello via AP)

Gardening: How to protect or heal trees damaged by snow

Gardening: How to protect or heal trees damaged by snow

People hike the snow-covered path at Wompatuck State Park, in Hingham, Mass., on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. The winter storms that have wreaked havoc in large swaths of the country recently can also damage trees and shrubs. (Erin Minichiello via AP)
Christine Cornelius, department manager at Parkland Nurseries and Garden Centre, prepares seed racks at the Red Deer County shop. (By SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Central Alberta gardeners already buying seeds to prepare for spring

Potatoes and carrots popular choices for backyard gardens

Christine Cornelius, department manager at Parkland Nurseries and Garden Centre, prepares seed racks at the Red Deer County shop. (By SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)
Planting too deep or two shallow will impact germination rates, says a central Alberta gardening expert. Seed rows may look far apart in the spring but the plants grow fast and do best if given room to grow. (Patrick Davies photo)

Gardening: Seed displays will start appearing in stores by January end

This year’s seed catalogues are out in print or online. Seed displays…

  • Jan 7, 2021
Planting too deep or two shallow will impact germination rates, says a central Alberta gardening expert. Seed rows may look far apart in the spring but the plants grow fast and do best if given room to grow. (Patrick Davies photo)
This photo provided by The Monacelli Press shows the cover of the book "Garden Portraits: Experiences of Natural Beauty," by Larry Lederman. (Larry Lederman/The Monacelli Press via AP)

Colder months can be perfect time to photograph gardens

Colder months can be perfect time to photograph gardens

This photo provided by The Monacelli Press shows the cover of the book "Garden Portraits: Experiences of Natural Beauty," by Larry Lederman. (Larry Lederman/The Monacelli Press via AP)

Fall is a good time to take a slow stroll around the garden

Fall is a good time to take a slow stroll around the garden

  • Sep 16, 2020
Microclimates: something gardeners can do about the weather

Microclimates: something gardeners can do about the weather

Microclimates: something gardeners can do about the weather

Microclimates: something gardeners can do about the weather
Sylvan Lake resident Joel McCutcheon has about a half an acre of property where he grows thousands of flowers, fruit and vegetables every summer. The gardener spends about four to six hours outside every day. Contributed photo

‘Is this a town garden?’ Sylvan Lake resident has been gardening for 7 decades

Most summer days, Sylvan Lake’s Joel McCutcheon is in his garden pulling…

Sylvan Lake resident Joel McCutcheon has about a half an acre of property where he grows thousands of flowers, fruit and vegetables every summer. The gardener spends about four to six hours outside every day. Contributed photo
Daisies bring a sunny look to the garden

Daisies bring a sunny look to the garden

Daisies bring a sunny look to the garden

Daisies bring a sunny look to the garden

When is the best time of year to prune?

When is the best time of year to prune?

  • Jun 24, 2020

Have transplants ready to take place of harvested vegetables

Have transplants ready to take place of harvested vegetables

The popularity of container gardening comes and goes

The popularity of container gardening comes and goes

  • Apr 22, 2020

Pathways an important part of the yard

Pathways an important part of the yard

  • Apr 15, 2020

Yards are landscaped to extend the living space

Yards are landscaped to extend the living space

  • Apr 8, 2020
Jenny Nelson, who has been preparing her greenhouses for spring gardeners, suspects more central Albertans will show an interest in growing a green thumb. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

COVID-19 could coax more people into gardening

“Gardening is easy, and there’s always Google”

Jenny Nelson, who has been preparing her greenhouses for spring gardeners, suspects more central Albertans will show an interest in growing a green thumb. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)