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Harvesting knife making short work of the grand hosta clean-up. In previous years I used secateurs, but my wrist couldn't take it anymore.

P.s. I don't cut many things back in the fall, but hostas get mingy! If it were my own garden, I would leave them until they dessicate enough that the leaves just pull off easily, but in client gardens, scheduling does not allow the wait. Also, things that look nasty in the winter get cut back, but leaving a good 4-6" of the stem for stem-nestinging pollinators to use in the next growing season. The fresh foliage will soon disguise these in the spring.

#gardentips #limitfallcleanup #naturalgardeningtechniques #gardeningfornature #fallcleanup
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The For Nature trailer is in-style with the trees this time of year. ...

"Ghost ferns" - as ferns senesce into dormancy in the autumn, the deterioration of their Chlorophyll causes some of them to take on a ghostly appearance. Have you seen any ghost ferns yet this fall?
#senescence #autumninontario #nativefloraofontario #nativeplantsofontario #fernsofontario #fernlove #frostcampus #Halloween plants
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A gorgeous day to garden in Peteborough! ...

New England Aster and Rudbeckia triloba (not black-eyed Susan, rather brown-eyed Susan, has smaller flowers) come in as "weeds" (aka volunteers)in one of my client's gardens. I selectively let some of them stay all summer through for this autumn reward! The pollinators are very happy about that too, as they're are few other food sources around for them right now.

When #gardeningfornature consider your garden from the perspective of the wild ones, large and small. Is there somerthing for everyone? Is there an offering at all times of year?
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Grow food, connect with the land. Feel the joy!!
Something for the wildlife and pollinators, and sormething for you. Feels especially great in tthese times of crazy grocery prices!
#growfood #feedyoursoul #lovetheland #gardensforlife
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The invertebrate activity around these native flora in the sun today was out of this world!
#theworldneedsmoreinvertebrates #insectconservation #insectdieoff #insectsforlife #biodiversity #biodiversitymatters #weneedinsects #wherehavealltheinsectsgone #insectlovers #nativeplantpower #grownativeplants
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When we bought our home almost 7 years ago, it came with golf course lawn (our first fix), 2 native sugar maples and a very healthy Norway maple. Sadly this past spring we had to remove 1 of the 2 sugar maples as it had declined to just one living branch. This summer we noticed this happening to our second sugar maple. Sadly, the end is near. ...

Post-secondary academia can look like this, at least when you're at this awesome school! #frostcampus #flemingcollege #ecosystemmanagement ...

Critters eating your plants? Don't panic! It might be okay. ...

This time of year, I ease up on the gardening and take my passion back to the classroom to help inspire and coach next generation ecologists to do the important work of collaborating with Mother Earth!

The mix of instructing at a college and running my own business is such a beautiful manifestation of my passions and desires at this stage in my life. So much gratitude for these opportunities. I am one fortunate woman!
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Does anyone know why wasps moved in to decapitate and eat the carcass of this dead wasp? At the end you can see it flew off with it ...

Isolation with covid means I have time to build my garden gate at last!! ...

Bring your love for your garden to a whole new level.