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The Scarboro Garden Scene – bees and pollination

Bumble bee on Iceland Poppy
Insect on Pyrethrum

I love the buzz of bees – and our plants benefit from the pollination that occurs as an adjunct to the bees’ nectar collection. Commercially there is great interest in their ability to fertilize crops. (Another mechanism for fertilization is wind - sorry allergy sufferers – pine and grass pollen are a real pain to you). Honey of course is a product many of us enjoy, and the honeybee (“Apis mellifera”, meaning honey-bearing bee) is important throughout the agricultural world.

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celebrating spring

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March Issue

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Reducing Fertilizers

Fungal spore & threads
Pine Seedling
Root colonized by mycorrhizae
Root without mycorrhizae

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Reducing fertilizers

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The Scarboro Garden Scene – Indian Summer beauty

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The Scarboro Garden Scene – Growing Grape Vines

Larch Hills Vineyard
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Larch Hills Vineyard
Valiant Grapes
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New Guide Books for Gardeners

Lyndon Penner’s recent books can benefit us all. Two are reviewed here: The Chinook Short Season Yard (2014), and Garden Design for the Short Season Yard (2015). Both have great pictures and many ideas to share. The Short Season Yard’s first 131 pages are easily read and informative – the other 104 pages illustrate a great variety of perennial plants, trees and shrubs. If you only read part of the book, look at the chapters on location and soils. A word of caution: the text was prepared before Calgary was recognized as being in plant hardiness zone 4.

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June

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Fall reflections on the summer of 2016

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Fall reflections on the summer of 2016

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Fall reflections on the summer of 2016

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Fall reflections on the summer of 2016

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