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Getting Rid of Garden Pests

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This article is written by Gardening Guru Abby Quillen and includes advice on natural and organic tips and tricks for eliminating critters, as well as provides insight for what’s plaguing your plants and how to help them!


It probably won’t surprise most vegetable gardeners that insects outnumber humans many millions of times over. While some insects can be beneficial for certain plants, gardeners are all too familiar with the destruction of many tiny crawly critters.

Fortunately, nature offers plenty of non-toxic ways to discourage and manage detrimental insects. The following six steps can help a gardener reduce pest problems without toxic chemicals. Remember: Prevention is always the first and best line of attack.

Mt. Cuba Center – A Botanical Fantastic Destination!

One of our designers brought this piece of Eden to my attention and well, I just had to share it with my fussy followers. Mt. Cuba Center is a botanical garden unlike any other on 500 acres of vital natural lands featuring native plant gardens. Thank you, Delaware! What an amazing place—and the website is fantastic. You’ll especially like the virtual tour of the properties. Make sure you watch “Tour Mt. Cuba Center – watch the full tour.”



The Royal Botanical Outdoor Theatre of Greenery Part 2

When I visited The Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington / Hamilton, Ontario last summer I was very surprised to realize how vast their different properties are. What started as a notion to spend a leisurely afternoon checking out what the RBG was all about turned into a briskly paced marathon through only three of the gardens, punctuated by drives to parking lot areas at their various locations spread out over kilometres. And there was lots more I didn’t see.


This helpful legend gave an excellent overview and helped guide my priorities for this visit.

A Summer Garden Wedding in British Columbia Part 2

I thought I’d share some additional photos from the garden wedding I recently attended at a private farm outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. Enjoy!


I’ve always loved Blue Hydrangea and they had plenty of the best examples I’ve seen anywhere. The flowers get their colour from the pH in the soil. By adjusting the pH, you can turn pink flowers into blue (or blue flowers into pink).

A Summer Garden Wedding in British Columbia

I have attended some impressive weddings over the years, but this was my first garden wedding and it was simply spectacular! A memorable day at a private farm outside of Vancouver, BC. With the history of rainfall this summer out west it was nothing shy of a miracle how perfect the day’s weather was and as a result everything was lush and green.