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Just a pinch can work wonders for your plants The how and why to pruning herbs and pinching tomatoes

Growing herbs, especially from seed, requires months of work before seeing results. By this time, you just want to let your plants grow, but then all at once they’ve gone to seed. Pruning and harvesting encourages fuller growth and a bigger yield.

Two important rules apply to harvesting most herbs. One: never pick more than one-third of a plant’s leaves at once. Two: let the plant recover before harvesting again. Beyond that, everyone has their own method, from selectively picking single leaves all over the plant to snapping off entire stems.

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Basking in the beauty of art and gardens Mingle with neighbours at Alberta Avenue’s garden party

A few things in Edmonton seem to be irrefutable: the gardening season isn’t long enough and there aren’t enough adult-only neighbourhood events. The solution: a garden party.

On June 25, the Alberta Avenue Community League is holding its third annual Rubber Boots and Bow Ties Garden Party. The event is a way for people in Alberta Avenue to get to know each other, but all area residents are invited.

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The beautiful mess of the sharing economy Celebrate Global Sharing Week this June

My lawn is shaggy and ready for the first haircut of summer. It’s time to pry my creaky garage door open and unearth the old electric mower—the tiny plastic broken-handled mower. I’ll tread back and forth, leaving rows of sub-par lawncare in my wake, then hide the mower for another week or three.

My neighbours will do the same, but not on the same day. Each of us has bought a mower, only to shelve it for 355 days a year. It doesn’t have to be this way. My neighbours and I could pool our money to buy a great mower, twice the width and power of my own. We could take turns using and storing it. Our street would win an award for the city’s best-kept lawns. We’d save some cash and Mother Earth would smile.

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Pests, be gone! Creating a healthy garden How to keep destructive insects away from plants

We all want glorious gardens where pests don’t pester. The unseasonably warm weather has meant our plants are starting to thrive. But healthy plants are attractive to insects and other pests, which can decimate a garden in no time.

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Housing grants still available for homeowners Funding helps homeowners explore options and generate extra income

Homeowners considering building a separate suite or needing to make essential home repairs can still access city housing grants.

Throughout 2016, funding is available from the city’s Cornerstones II grant program, which includes the Secondary Suites, the HOPE program, and Curb Appeal grant.

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Growing the best garden, up or out Three tips to ensure gardening success

While it never really feels safe to start planting in Alberta, thanks to our unpredictable weather, it’s hard not to be excited with the summer-like weather we’ve had. With the crocus emerged and lilies not far behind, now is a great time to be out in the garden, elbows deep in cool soil.

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Garden event’s been Bloomin’ for 10 years An idea to bring community together has blossomed

That Bloomin’ Garden Show and Art Sale, which started with a focus on back alleys in 2007, is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this May.

“It started from a revitalization working group,” said Karen Mykietka, the producer of the show. A group of like-minded people sat down 10 years ago and brainstormed a project that brought beatification to back alleys.

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