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Contents Local Dirt


Gardens A glistening garden


Outdoor decorating trends The dirt on containers Notes for the novice Pretty patio peppers Growing cucumbers


Vegetable companion planting guide


Beauty in a bulb Creating a garden


10 neat things about buying plants


Why composting is good VOLUME 16 ISSUE #1, 2015


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Dahlia. Photo by Dorothy Dobbie.


Columns Garden fresh recipes Deadly beauty


American goldfinch


Gardening with kids: Growing green


What we love for spring Classifieds


Save the Monarch Butterfly


Plant Milkweed


Ontario Gardener magazine has launched a campaign to help save the monarch but- terfly. You can help by planting milkweed at home to attract butterflies, as it is the only plant upon which the butterflies will lay their eggs. We are offering free seeds to those who want to get involved. For more information, visit us at:


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