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If you want to get casually involved in gardening for the first time, or you are a master gardener ready to improve your skills, I’ve put together a selection of blogs and videos to help you grow.

Watch: A Greenhouse is a Dreamhouse

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Watch: How to Attract Beneficial Bugs

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Write it Down! – Little Jobs in the Garden

Do you journal about your garden? Do you know want to be entertained and learn from your own garden efforts? Of course you do. That is why Donna Balzer wrote the Three Year Gardener’s Gratitude Journal: Part Diary, Part Personal Growing Guide. This guide is packed with fun tidbits and garden information as well as garden stories. Donna shows you how to use it in your garden.
If it is little jobs for little people you are excited about sharing then watch the second half when Donna works with her grandkids in the garden. Tips for getting kids involved? Just do it yourself and they will follow and the messier the better.

What Can You Learn from a German Community Garden?

What I learn every time I visit a community garden is that there are so many ways to do everything and this Berlin garden is an amazing example of ingenuity and inspiration. As the rain starts falling the group gets up for the site tour.  HH gives me the signal he is tired of waiting patiently so I edge my way out of the garden. I hate to leave. These are my people.

How to grow a Holiday Cactus so it lives 100 Years: Stop Trying

This year as my holiday cactus comes into bloom I take a closer look at the plant Mom called a Christmas cactus.  And I suddenly realize it is not a Christmas cactus at all. It is the more common Thanksgiving cactus. It has pointy parts on the green stems because like other cactus there are no true leaves, only flattened green stems. But both plants are the easiest gift plant ever so take a cutting of your plant now and share it with friends and family this season.

Vegetables in a beautiful bouquet?

And that’s when I saw the flower shop. Big fluffy roses packed into luxurious bundles combined with a plant we usually eat for supper. Yes, it’s true. The roses were bundled with tall stems of colourful kale.

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“This is the book that keeps you ‘on course’ in your garden. By tracking your progress, not only will you see the results, but you will have a fantastic guide of your successes for the next growing season to come! Get journaling…AND gardening with the help of these wonderful experts!” Carson Arthur, Outdoor Lifestyle Expert, HGTV and Cityline

“… perfect for all gardeners – there is great information provided, it’s a beautiful layout, [and] an all-around cheerful and enjoyable journal. …It’s an original approach to a garden journal and would make an excellent gift.” Colleen Zacharias, Winnipeg Free Press Homes

“We love the fun, friendly look and attitude of the [Three Year] Gardener’s Gratitude Journal!” Helen Battersby and Sarah Battersby, TorontoGardens.com

Globe and Mail Columnist and author of Thrifty: Living The Frugal Life with Style: “In this charming, zestful and funny book, Donna & Steve de-bunk false garden advice, gadgets, gimmicks & claims while providing great information and wisdom for both the beginner and experienced gardener. Highly recommended!” Michelle and Rob Avis, Verge Permaculture Inc.

“At last a book about vegetable gardening that doesn’t take itself so seriously…. The Fun charm of this book is that it’s a lot of fun to explore visual; easy to read even if you aren’t a vegetable Gardener; and it’s super opinionated but with good sense. Hallelujah, a sense of humour that isn’t full of manure.” Marjorie Harris

“Occasionally in a librarian’s life…a book will arrive that causes immediate bibliomania. A book that is so different, so appealing, and upon reading it, so completely perfect, that it must be shown with great excitement to everyone who loves books.” Susan Yates, Gabriola Sounder Review

Hi I’m Donna –

Garden expert, regular guest on CBC radio in Alberta and host of internationally aired Bugs & Blooms on HGTV.

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