Autumn is a great time to tidy up your yard and garden; and knowing the right things to do in terms of plant and lawn health is key. You will find some useful tips for winter garden preparation here:

One of the most common ways to preserve the bounty of our summer berries is by turning them into jam. The process can be a bit intimidating because the right temperature, sugar content and pectin levels have to be spot on. Out of the nutrition world has come a simpler process that utilizes chia seeds as the thickener.

Clay soil is typically what we find in new developments and we identify as heavy, yellowish and very soggy when wet. There are only a few advantages to clay soil; and so it is recommended to amend soil for planting landscapes in more favorable growing conditions. There are some plants (listed below) that will tolerate clay though tolerate is not the same as thriving.

Seaberry is an easy to grow plant that can thrive on dry sites. Plants are either male or female, which means that you need a male pollinator for fruit production. Fruit is orange, grows in clusters and ripens late August to early September. Because of the thorny structure of the plant, it can be hard to harvest the berries, but it is well worth it to make your own juice, syrup or oil.

The cottage garden is a distinct style that uses informal design, traditional materials, dense plantings, and a mixture of ornamental and edible plants. The cottage garden is more about charm than a grandeur formal style. It is relaxed, colourful, fun and reflects an easy-growing beauty.