Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden.
~Robert Brault

Welcome to spring! The scent of lilacs are in the air and everywhere you look there are flowering crabs in all their glory! The nights are still cool and with the occasional day of rain, it's perfect weather for planting trees, shrubs, perennials and cool season veggies (peas, lettuce, kale, spinach, cabbage). Gardeners, be aware of those nighttime temperatures and plant your warm veggies with care (tomatoes, eggplant, beans).

Growing our own food has so many benefits; from cost savings, to educating our children, to growing what we want to eat and so much more. Inspiration can be found from vegetable seeds, start-us, patio veggies, edible hanging baskets, herbs, herb gardens and more!

Visit our From the Veggie Patch page for tips on growing, harvesting fruits and veggies as well as how to eat them - YUM! Our Herb of the Week is in full swing with a featured herb each week describing the history, growing tips and recipes.

There is sunshine in the forecast! Lets dig in and get planting!!

Spring Hours:
Monday to Friday :: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday :: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday :: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Square Foot Gardening
Garden Fresh
By growing a small square-foot garden, it is easy to weed as it can be reached by all 4 sides. It is a manageable size to maintain for a busy family and by succession planting, there can be a harvest from spring to fall.

Follow the link for more information on how to start your veggie garden.

Gaia Green Glacial Rock Dust
- can replace key elements that have been depleted from the soil over the years
- replaces the missing minerals in a form readily used by soil microbes to create healthy soil
- minerals and humus are needed to improve the soil structure, moisture holding properties, nutrient availability and bacterial action
- high in natural silica and provides an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium and trace elements and micronutrients
- ecologically friendly - low environmental impact
- good for the whole season - slowly available nutrients
- feeds the soil and the plants - builds good root system - improves soil microbial activity

Gaia Green Glacial Rock Dust is a unique mineral product for all horticultural purposes. Good for garden and landscapes, transplanting and pre-mixing growing media and composting.

Available at Dufferin Garden Centre 
Muskie by Green Earth
5-1-1 Fish Emulsion
- Non-burning fertilizer for general garden use, vegetables and flowers
- Formulated from freshwater fish waste
- Organic based
- Very economical fish fertilizer
- Concentrate

To Use:
- Shake concentrate before using
- Dilute at the rate 5 mL (one teaspoonful) per litre of water
- Mix in a pail, watering can or garden sprayer
- Apply sufficient solution of Muskie to saturate root zone
- Start in early spring or when planting and repeat monthly during the growing season

Available at the Dufferin Garden Centre, on sale this week Regular $14.99, NOW $11.88 
Herb of the Week :: Lemon Balm
This comforting herb is multi-talented! Use Lemon Balm in teas and drinks, soups and salads.  This herb is also a natural bug repellent!

Follow the link for a recipe of Lemon Balm Fish Broil. 

Top 5 Plants that Repel Mosquitoes
Hidcote Lavender
With the cool damp spring weather, mosquitoes are definitely the uninvited guest to any cookout or outdoor party! Choose plants that have strong, citrus fragrance to help keep the bugs at bay.

1. Citronella (Scented Geranium): extracts are so effective at keeping mosquitoes away, they are now an important ingredient for many commercial repellents.

2. Lemon Balm: used in making citronella oil, can be invasive, best to grow in a container

3. Catnip: cats love it, mosquitoes hate it!

4. Lemon Grass: also known as the mosquito grass, can be grown in a garden or in pots to be moved around

5. Lavender: repels moths, flies, fleas and mosquitoes - use it fresh or dried!
Feature Veggie :: Lettuce and Kale Gardens
Growing lettuce in containers is fun and easy, you can harvest fresh, crispy and organic lettuce leaves to add to your salads in no time. Lettuce and Kale are cool season crops so this makes spring (and fall) a great time to grow it!

There is nothing better than a regular cut of home-grown leaves. Try it for yourself and eat fresh!



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Orangeville, ON  L9W 3Z8
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