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Sneak Peak of Don’s Personal Spice Garden

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The May 24 weekend has come and gone. Along with other’s I have been working on cleaning up my yard over the last 3 weeks and taking advantage the warm weather we have had this month. Every year I purchase my vegetable plants from Vandermeer’s Nursery & Garden Centre a local business here in Durham Region. Vandermeer’s has been around since 1976 and I love their story and their huge selection of plants, knowledge and customer service.

“Peter Vandermeer sold his share of his greenhouse business in Holland and emigrated to Canada in 1974 with his wife and daughter. Two years later, he purchased 5 acres in Niagara on the Lake and started building.

He began growing commercial chrysanthemums under contract, but this was not working out to his satisfaction, so he changed over to spray chrysanthemums. Eventually he started selling directly to wholesalers, which now make up 95% of our customer base.” to read more about Peter Vandermeer’s story and to find their location please  check out:    http://www.vandermeergreenhouses.ca/.

 

Years ago, a friend of mine was  in the process of reconstructing a retaining wall at his home. I took the opportunity to take home some of that retaining wall and build a raised spice garden in my yard. Let me tell you, these blocks were heavy but well worth the hard work! I came up with a simple design with what materials I had to work with and below has been my end result. I absolutely love it!

 

I have planted my assortment of fresh basil, thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, chives, parsley and many more! Here’s a glimpse of my spice garden. Hope you enjoy!

 

 

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Gardens By Don Of All Trades : Part 1

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You may or may not know this, but one of my most favourite personal interests is working and tending to my gardens. Although some people may not understand the concept of how gardening is a “relaxing” hobby, I absolutely love it and look forward once the Spring season arrives here in Canada so I can get started.

This may sound a little absurd, but I often refer to my plants as my “children” due the amount of care, careful nurturing, planning and daily maintenance involved from the beginning steps of preparation with the introduction of a new species all the way up to appreciating and enjoying them for years to come.

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Last year was a little disappointing to come home after working to notice some of the neglect as I was too busy to look after my “Children.” This year I plan on devoting more time to make sure my gardens are in “top-notch” shape as I do personally consider gardening to be a responsibility. There’s something deep inside that is upsetting, disturbing almost “heart breaking” to me to just cut the grass and just walk away knowing that my “Children” plants, shrubs, water features etc. need to be tended to.

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One key element to a successful and beautiful garden is to make sure you keep on top of the maintenance involved. If you’re planning on creating a garden in your home, remember that the investment of your time and commitment will show your efforts through the beauty or neglect of your plants. Regular weeding, watering, fertilizing, and pruning will make your garden easier to maintain and will keep your plants healthier, happier, and more enjoyable through the spring, summer and fall seasons.

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Everyone loves beautiful, well-kept, vibrant blooming gardens. What some people don’t see behind the picture is the amount of time and care involved in order to keep them looking their best. It’s not just about planting something in the ground and walking away. If your plans include designing a garden and you are a fist time gardener, planning, understanding your soil type, choosing the correct plants that work for your busy lifestyle are just a few things to consider. Think of it as a “custom” garden that suites you as an individual. Creating that backyard “oasis” is attainable and can give you a lifetime of enjoyment and beauty if it’s done right.

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I have included some of the photos of my garden for your enjoyment.

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