Garden Matters

Vegetable of the year 2019: Mixed carrots

Why is the lowly carrot the vegetable of the year? And if carrots, why mixed carrots? There is no vegetable I eat more often than carrots.  They are delicious in so many ways—boiled, roasted, mashed, steamed, grated, or in a stir fry.  Best of all is a carrot pulled fresh from the soil with most […]

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Garden Matters: Do Marigolds deter bugs?

Do Marigolds deter bugs? If so how? This is something I have wondered about several times. The obvious answer is because the marigolds are smelly. This was brought out at a recent information session I attended about emerald ash borer. They didn’t mention marigolds but did mention elm and of course ash trees. It was […]

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Sugar Tyme – Crab apples in winter

  Have you been lucky enough to drive down Wilson Street in Perth shortly after a snowfall?  If yes, you are likely wondering, “What are those beautiful trees with all the little red berries?” These trees are a variety of flowering crab apple, known as Malus ‘Sutyzam’ Sugar Tyme.  They were planted as a part […]

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Garden Matters: Use the bounty of fall leaves to enhance your garden

Submitted Now’s the time to start thinking about all the leaves that will be coming down shortly. They make valuable compost, leaf mould, or can be used as a mulch. Gone are the days when we used to make large bonfires, fill the street with smoke and stand and gossip while the leaves slowly dwindled […]

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Garden Matters: 10 tips for preparing your lawn and garden for winter

Gemmell’s Garden Centre Falling leaves signal the beginning of the fall clean up season. Maybe you haven’t spent that much time in the garden over the past few weeks with the kids going back to school or you have managed to get away enjoy the last bit of summer beautiful, but there are a lot […]

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Garden Matters: Fall gardening bring benefits to spring flowers

Kelly Heath Gemmell’s Garden Centre It may be the end of summer but it is definitely not the end of gardening. There is still plenty of time to add a few more plants to your garden, divide perennials or plant a tree. Fall is a great season for planting with less heat during the day […]

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Late Summer Style in the Garden

Kelly Heath Manager & Garden Designer Gemmell’s Garden Centre In many of gardens June is usually the most spectacular show for shrubs and perennials but in my opinion the late summer garden can be equally as fabulous if you choose the right plants. This year with all of the rain many gardeners are rediscovering how […]

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