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Waterford, ON. N0E 1Y0
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Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a list of some frequently asked questions and our answers:

How much space should I leave between the rows in my vegetable garden?

This depends on which crop you are growing. For some, like root crops, just leave enough space to walk through for watering. For sprawling veggies like cucumbers, consider leaving at least two feet between rows.

When is the best time to plant perennials?

The best time to plant perennials depends on the species, but we sell established plants that may be planted from spring to fall. Feel free to drop by the greenhouse and ask one of our friendly staff in person.

How often should I water my garden?

Since the weather doesn't work on a set schedule, you'll need to use your best judgment. Sticking a finger into the ground will give you a good sense as to how dry the soil is; if it feels dry, then it's time to water.

Should I trim back my perennials in the fall, or wait until spring?

Trimming back the tops of your perennials can make them look nicer, but leaving them on can help to protect the crowns from freezing in the winter. For this reason, it's better for the plant to wait until late winter or early spring.

Can I just use soil from my garden to fill my containers?

Soil from the ground tends to be inconsistent, and often contains too much clay for your potted plants to thrive properly. Instead, use potting soil. And, if your container holds more soil than your plants need, you can fill the bottom with crumpled leaves from your gutters or other organic garden debris. This will decompose over time, enriching the soil.

Do I need to replace my potting soil every year?

As long as you keep your soil enriched by fertilizing and adding compost, you should be able to re-use the soil year after year.

How wide should the pathway through my garden be?

Pathways should be at least 3 feet wide. This not only keeps your garden easy to navigate, but gives you a little extra room for over-growth.

Do plants always need constant sunlight?

It depends on the breed: While many flowers prefer the sun, there are a number of flowers that thrive in the shade, such as Hostas, Bleeding Hearts, Comfrey, Painted Ferns, and Periwinkle.

How can I prevent my grass from growing into my garden?

Keeping a sharp edge to your garden can keep your lawn from trying to reclaim your garden. Make sure you keep your trench about 8" deep. If you want to cut down on edge maintenance, you can also sink an edging material around to prevent unwanted cross-over.

How can I get into container gardening?

It's always a good idea to start with a few larger containers—this will give you less watering and more room for multiple plantings. Mix slow release fertilizer in the top 1cm of soil and plant veggies like tomatoes and peppers (look for determinate plants). Most foliage and flowering plants do very well in planters; you are only limited by your imagination!

How can I get my lawn ready in the spring?

Rake your lawn to get rid of dead growth, stray leaves, twigs, and winter debris to let light and air to the soil level, encouraging the grass to grow. Re-seed bare or damaged patches of lawn, scratching up the soil with a rake first, before mixing a shovel of soil with a couple scoops of grass seed, spreading it in the patch you're fixing. Rake level and keep well-watered until seeds germinate and the new grass establishes.

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