Building a Toad Shelter
A quick and easy outdoor project, adding a toad home to your backyard is a great way to provide a cool spot for these shade-loving creatures. Not only will the toad thank you for the chill out spot, your garden will thank you too — 90 percent of a toad’s diet consists of garden pests!
Cold FramesFor Canadian gardeners living in the cooler regions of the country, cold frames are an easy and inexpensive way to extend the growing season. By retaining heat and protecting plants from wind, you can use it in many different ways.
DIY Vegetable TrellisIf you have limited space to grow food, consider growing vertically. Several vegetables can thrive as they grow vertically rather than sprawling across the ground. In addition to the commonly trellised tomatoes and pole beans, consider applying a similar approach with cucumbers, small squash and melon varieties.
Five Reasons to Walk in the Great Outdoors
Get outside with your friends or family and explore nature as it comes back into bloom.
Grow Seedlings of Hope
We take trees for granted. Without them, life on our planet would end. These arboreal beauties supply oxygen, conserve water and fertilize soil. Trees also provide habitat for everything from millipedes to grizzly bears. One of the most wonderful things you can do for wildlife is to plant a diversity of native trees. You can buy seedlings or saplings from nurseries or, better still, start your very own from seeds.
Ice Ice Baby!
Ever wonder how icicles are formed? When the ice or snow sitting on your roof gets warmed up by the sun, it starts to melt and trickle down from the eaves of your house. If it runs off into an area where the environment is below zero, it starts to refreeze. Drip after drop, the water solidifies and becomes an icicle, growing longer with every drop.
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like ChristmasForget the halls. Deck your yard to the nines this holiday with nature-inspired decorations!
Know Your Snow
We happily catch it on our tongues and begrudgingly shovel it from our sidewalks, but how much do you really know about snow?
Make a Butterfly GardenWatching Butterflies flitting about and landing on flowers is rewarding for children and adults alike.
Restore a Ribbon of Life
Help promote biodiversity along Canada’s shorelines by providing a buffer zone of lush greenery for our aquatic friends.
Roll Out the Barrel
April showers traditionally bring May flowers, but they can also bring vegetables, fruit and other plants, too! You’d be amazed at the amount of free water that falls from the sky and rolls off your roof every year. By collecting this run-off and saving it for a not so rainy day, you’ll be able to use it to nurture planting projects and replenish birdbaths and ponds without depleting water resources. Just follow these simple instructions for building a rain barrel in your own backyard!
Searching for Signs of Spring
Spring. Leading groundhog authorities and the calendar tell us it’s just a few weeks away, but depending on where you are in Canada, looking outside your window might bring on more of a spring chill than spring fever. As unpredictable as Mother Nature can be at this time of year, we do know that she won’t let us down. With the promise of warmer weather, singing birds and blooming flowers just a short wait away, make sure you keep your eyes open for these sure signs that spring has sprung.
Spring Cleaning the Great Outdoors!
Everyone likes a little help with spring cleaning, and Mother Nature is no exception. So grab some gloves and a (biodegradable) garbage bag and head outside!
The Twinkle of Mother Nature’s Sky
Discover nature’s night lights with some summer star-gazing.
Tracking Down Winter Wildlife
The morning after a snowstorm is the best time to find your inner sleuth and go tracking in the backyard. Many animals are nocturnal and conduct their business under the protection of dense cover. But thanks to freshly fallen snow, we can garner clues as to how they live.
You Won’t Be-leaf It ‘Till You See It!
As the days become cooler and shorter, it is time to go outside and see what we don’t really see every day: the colours of our changing landscape. The multitude of shades comes to us via tree leaves, shrubs and grasses changing colours. Why not try and preserve them?