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Spotlighting Environmental Projects
Climate and Environment Spotlights on Environmental Projects

Spotlighting Environmental Projects

The Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN), Green Communities Canada (GCC), and Conservation Ontario are the three organizations selected for the first of many such posts. Read on to learn a little bit about each of these initiatives and what they are doing to help protect our province.
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The Story Of A Gardener Who Inspired Me
Gardens and Farms Story Times

The Story Of A Gardener Who Inspired Me

There was a story about small me that my grandmother loved to tell. As my family loves to fish, my grandmother would always pick the biggest worms in her garden to bring on the trips. At that time, she gestured for me to come over. I was only 3 then and had never seen a worm before. “Put out your hand,” she told me, plopping the worm on my palm. As I felt the wiggling worm, little me was frightened li‎ke never before and fell right back on my bottom! “Nǎi nai! How could you!” Retelling this always got a chuckle out of her. My grandma was one of my earliest introductions to gardening.
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How to Maintain a Garden
Gardens and Farms

How to Maintain a Garden

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, gardening has quickly become one of southern Ontario’s favourite pastimes. Almost one-in-five Canadians tried their hand at gardening amid lockdowns, and the enjoyable hobby continues to surge with each passing month. But despite its great appeal, gardening is no easy task. Many aspiring southern Ontarian gardeners fall victim to unfavourable techniques right off the bat―with overwatering plants, over planting seeds and providing insufficient sunlight all becoming increasingly common. So here is a rundown on how YOU can properly maintain a garden in Southern Ontario, in five easy steps!
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Spotlight On: Dandelions
Spotlights on Species

Spotlight On: Dandelions

They’re yellow, they have tiny petals, and you can make a wish with them too. You know what I’m talking about - dandelions! They grow wherever grass lies and never seem to want to leave once they’ve got their roots in. While they may be a flower of true beauty to some, others would beg to differ. So what are they really?
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Spotlight On: Sunflowers
Spotlights on Species

Spotlight On: Sunflowers

A sunflower is a large, daisy-like flower known for its beautiful look and edible seeds. The flower head has anywhere from 15-30 petals and is 10-30 cm in diameter. The head of the flower rests on a green stem with many oval-shaped leaves all over. Did you know that the sunflowers stem can reach up to 15 feet tall? That’s like 3 of me stacked on top of each other!
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