June blooms!   
June 2020

"It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside." - Maud Hart Lovelace.

Summer Solstice - Saturday, June 20, at 5:44 P.M. EDT. The official beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day and shortest night of the calendar year. 
Watch the summer solstice LIVE from Stonehenge, wherever you are in the world! ☀

Upcoming Events

  

Until June 21 - Ottawa Garden Days/Garden Days Canada celebrates the joys of gardens and gardening and its many benefits to our physical and mental well-being. This year’s Ottawa Garden Days will be quite different from previous years. Garden Days is online via GardenDays.ca and our social media channels. Ottawa Garden Days will introduce you to experts in the field of health and wellness, as well as Canadian gardening gurus, to reinforce and celebrate the important part that gardens play in our lives and our communities. We will be posting daily on Garden Promenade Facebook and Instagram. We also encourage you to visit the GardenDaysCanada website and Gardens Canada Facebook page to see what's going on right across the country.


June 2020 - Ottawa Horticultural Society – “Bringing the Outdoors In” with Amber Tiede of Riverwood Gardens. Amber is an Ottawa area floral designer and flower farmer. Her presentation has been moved online. She has shared tips and a video to spark some inspiration on how to bring nature into our homes. Thank-you, Amber! 
 
POSTPONED - Sat., June 20 & Sunday, June 21 – Friends of the Central Experimental Farm 2020 Used Book Sale

If you enjoy online webinars, here are a few free courses you may find interesting:

Wed., June 17 - Workshop: Grow Your Own Food 101 #3, 6-8 pm, City of Victoria, BC
Want to grow your own groceries but not sure where to start? This is a crash course in veggie growing designed for beginners who want to start growing their own fresh produce. We will touch on site selection, timing, growing from seeds and plant starts, easy plants to grow, diseases, pests and more! 

Thurs., June 18 - Gardening with Native Plants, 7-8:30 pm
Join Long Point Basin Land Trust and native plant expert Stefan Weber to learn about native plant gardening in Ontario! Explore what it means to be a native plant, and the value that plant communities provide us. We will review some underappreciated native plants for the home garden, share some design tips, and explore the "In the Zone" Garden Tracker with Carolinian Canada. We will wrap up with a quick virtual tour of Stefan's brand-new native plant garden, and answer your questions, live from the potting shed! 

Thurs., June 18 - Compost 101: Scraps to Soil, 7 pm (University of Saskatchewan)
2-hour class. Compost is a vital part of building and maintaining healthy garden soil. This course will give you a solid understanding of how to make rich compost at home out of kitchen scraps and yard waste. 

Thurs., June 25 - No Till Gardening, 7 pm (University of Saskatchewan)
2-hour class. If you love to garden but hate weeding and watering, join us as we explore no till gardening with Kim Ross. Through the use of permanent seed beds and mulch, no till gardening protects the soil's structure and can reduce the amount of water needed on the garden, prevent weeds from growing and increase yields through an improvement in the quality of the soil. 
 
Saturday, June 27- Composting Basics by Eco Centro, 11 am – 1 pm  
Composting is one of the best ways to reduce our own waste, produce new life for plants, drastically improve soil quality, increase moisture retention, and so much more. Participants will learn about various composting methods that can be done at home and how to decide which method suits your lifestyle best by exploring in depth variables of each method. 

 And here’s one ticketed event recommended by Just Food Ottawa:

Starts June 20 - MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR
This event will offer "courses," and each course features pre-recorded video workshops hosted by the esteemed experts that make up the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR family, along with supporting materials and handouts. Each workshop video is 20 to 30 minutes long. The online program features eight courses, each covering the MOTHER EARTH NEWS key content areas. These courses function similarly to stages at a physical FAIR. Each topic features 6 to 8 workshop videos . Courses in: DIY Skills, Food Independence, Modern Homesteading, Natural Health, Organic Gardening, Practical Skills, and Real Food. 

 
 
Protect Your Garden In Harsh Summer Weather

11 Ways to Protect Your Garden in Harsh Summer Weather

Summer is a season that is harsh not only for humans but also for plants and crops. The scorching heat can dehydrate the plants and that can lead to damage. Some plants even die due to excess heat and dehydration. Every gardener and farmer tries to water their gardens and farms every day to save them from the summer heat. Read more of Emily Bartles article here.  

You'll find more articles like this one in the Magazine section of gardeningcalendar.ca
 
But what if it rains....?

I don't want to jinx it...but what if it's a rainy day?

OK - some of you enjoy gardening in the rain but some of us take that as a sign that we're supposed to put away the garden tools for a day and do something different. You've read every article on Gardening Calendar....now what? You could watch a movie about gardening!

Garden blogger Meg Summerfield lists these as her favourite movies about gardens:

Fiction
Greenfingers
Dare To Be Wild
The Secret Garden
This Beautiful Fantastic
A Little Chaos

Documentaries
The Gardener
Portrait of a Garden
Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

What is the best scene from a movie shot in a garden? Discuss.
Here's what Emily Maltby of Prolandscaper thinks:
Famous movie scenes in gardens.

We are thrilled to announce our new Native Plant Information Base!
Designed to save you time searching for the right plant, our new plant information base is under construction. 

With the help of students from the Algonquin College Business Agriculture, new plants and new information about plants are being added daily.

Check it out and let us know what you think.
What if Dad Doesn't Want to Cut the Grass?
What if Dad doesn't want to cut the Grass?

Fine Gardening magazine went to visit a subruarban garden without a blade of grass. The owners opted for shrubs and stone instead of a lawn.


 
Happy Father's Day!

Some gift ideas for Garden Dad         
If you're stuck for ideas, maybe you'll get one here. Or just have fun browsing and making your own wish list.
 
International Picnic Day
 

And finally, Thursday, June 18th is International Picnic Day!
Here in Canada, too. What a great reason to get together with the family. Most of us are allowed to include family members in our bubble, plus it's an activity in the open air.

You favourite picnic spot might be your own backyard, but if it's a lovely day and you want to venture out (abiding by social distancing protocols, of course), here are the results of CBC's Best Ottawa Picnic Spot poll.


International Picnic Day celebrates gathering together outdoors to eat and enjoy one another's company, which has traditionally been called Picnic. The true origin of International Picnic Day is unknown, but can be traced back to the end of the French Revolution and the Victorian Era. Picnics were ways for people to escape the restrictions of etiquette and formality. As an informal food holiday, there are few rules and lots of options. The word picnic first appeared in English in a letter from Lord Chesterfield 1748, who associates it with card-playing, drinking, and conversation. Dictionaries agree it entered the English language as a respelling of the French word pique-niqueInternational Picnic Day is observed on June 18th each year.

Have a gardening question? Ask an Ottawa Master Gardener: mgoc_helpline@yahoo.ca

 

Ask a Lanark County Master Gardener: Contact through Website: http://lanarkmg.blogspot.com/p/contact-us.html

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