Grow, Eat, Live Outdoors – Your Garden Expert

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Companion Planting

Companion planting is the process of knowing what plants thrive and do not grow well together. By being your own ‘plant matchmaker’ you will reap many benefits including:

  1. Increased pollination  and pest control from beneficial insects
  2. Maximizing your space
  3. Maximizing yield

Below are some of our favourite crops, as well as their compatible and incompatible partners:

Asparagus

Products to Get Your Family Gardening

The biggest trend is to grow your own food.  It is a great way to get everyone interested in growing plants, and they can eat the rewards!

Remember to start small and "grow" your garden area as you grow! Vegetables can be grown in any space that gets sunshine (6 hours a day is best)

Radish, Swiss Chard and Spinach are easy some of the easiest vegetables to grow from seed.

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Raised, self-watering container

Chinese New Year 101

The Lunar New Year, also known as the "Spring Festival", is a major holiday for the Chinese community and is a time for family reunion and to give thanks. Unlike the Christian New Year, which is based on the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year is based on the lunisolar calendar, so it is the start of the solar year, plus the phase of the moon. This is why it falls on a different date of the solar calendar each year. February 8th in 2016.

Children's Mental Health and the Great Outdoors

In honour of World Mental Health Day I thought I would share with you some facts about children’s mental health and the great outdoors. Getting kids active is a big problem in Canada, with a study reporting that only 12% of Canadian children are getting the proper amount of daily physical activity. This is something that needs to be improved greatly and I hope that these tidbits of information will inspire you to get your kids outside and moving!

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