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Cairo Ferguson

Cairo is a Vancouver local, and from an early age learned about the importance of caring for the environment. This passion for sustainability trickled into her interest in gardening and creating a more sustainable and natural home. Cairo is a recipient of a Bachelor of Fine Arts, which impacted her eye for architecture and design, and developed a passion for decorative arts and design in the home. Cairo has a passion for the intersection of design and sustainability.

5 Reasons Your Strawberries Aren’t Ripening (And What To Do About It)

Strawberries are an easy summer crop and are ready to harvest in just around 3 months from planting. You can be in for a big disappointment though if your strawberries fail to ripen. There are a number of reasons why your strawberries might not be ripening, but luckily there are just as many solutions to …

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How to Gather Garlic Bulbs Without Damaging Them

Garlic is a delicious and fragrant perennial that adds flavor to any dish. It is loved among gardeners because it is incredibly resilient and very easy to grow. But things can go wrong come harvest time if you gather your garlic bulbs without care. However, you can prevent damage to your garlic bulbs if you …

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How and When To Pick Your Strawberries

With summer comes fresh strawberries, and many gardeners will enjoy the fruits of their labor with this relatively fast-growing, and low-maintenance berry. All together, strawberries take just a few months to grow into maturity, but their window for picking is rather slim. Therefore timing your harvest is crucial. Picking too early or too late will …

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How to Fertilize Your Lettuce Plants for the Best Harvest Ever

Lettuce is a great crop for any gardener because it grows rather quickly, and there are tons of varieties to choose from. Lettuce, because of its delicate leaves and shallow roots, does require some extra TLC in comparison to other garden vegetables. Lettuce plants particularly need frequent watering and plenty of fertilizer. So what’s the …

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How Can You Tell When Your Onions are Ready to Harvest?

Because onion bulbs grow beneath the soil, it can be difficult to determine when your onions are ready for harvest without uprooting them. That is if you are unaware of what other signs to look for. Harvesting your onions too late or too early comes with a number of issues as well, so it’s important …

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How Can You Tell When Your Garlic Is Ready To Harvest?

Growing garlic is super easy, but it isn’t for the impatient gardener. Garlic can take anywhere from 3-8 months to grow to maturity, and if planted in the fall will lay dormant in the winter. Garlic greens grow high above the garden bed as they reach maturity, but you won’t be able to see what …

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5 Ways to Prevent Birds from Eating Your Strawberry Plants

Strawberry crops are a summer favorite among gardeners for their low-maintenance nature, and the sweet delicious berries they produce. It’s not just us who enjoy strawberries though, birds and other pests also love to indulge in this sweet summer fruit. So how do you keep the birds from eating all of your strawberries before you …

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How To Transplant Lettuce Plants Without Killing It

Lettuce is a fast-growing leafy vegetable that comes in hundreds of varieties. While growing lettuce has its upsides, the tiny seeds and delicate seedlings can be challenged by the elements in the garden. The best way to grow lettuce in your garden for strong and hardy crops is to transplant your lettuce plants while they …

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5 Ways to Speed Up Onion Growth for a Faster Harvest

Onions are enjoyed by many gardeners as they are super easy to grow, don’t require constant care, and there are literally hundreds of varieties to choose from. However, with onions taking up to 6 months to maturate, they aren’t for the impatient gardener. Luckily, there are a number of ways you can speed up the …

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The 5 Fastest Growing Garlic Varieties

With most garlic varieties taking up to 8 months to grow, garlic isn’t the best crop for impatient gardeners. However, some varieties will grow faster than others, with some garlic growing to maturity in half the time! So what are the top 5 fastest-growing garlic varieties for impatient gardeners? Keep reading to find out! What …

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5 Bugs You Want to See on Your Strawberry Plants

Fruiting plants in the garden like strawberries will naturally attract pests. Some pests want to get to your strawberries before you do, and they could wreak havoc if not controlled. However, completely wiping out any and all bugs from your strawberries plants can be equally detrimental. There are a number of bugs that will not …

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Eggshells for Lettuce Plants? Nonsense or a Good Idea?

Lettuce is a relatively easy, and fast-growing crop. Because of the quick growth period, and endless varieties of lettuce, many gardeners enjoy making it an annual presence in their gardens. Lettuce however can be quite sensitive to the acidity of the soil they are grown in. Because of this, it’s important to keep a balanced …

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How to Tell if Your Strawberry Plants are Overwatered

Strawberries are a delicious summer treat and can be easily grown in many gardens. Strawberries are relatively low maintenance but they do typically need daily watering. Because of this, strawberries can become easily overwatered. But how can you tell if your strawberries are thirsty, or if they’ve been overwatered? Keep reading to find out how …

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Eggshells for Growing Garlic? Nonsense or a Good Idea?

With the average American consuming almost 300 eggs per year[5], that means a lot of eggshells are going to waste. Eggshells are composed of calcium, an essential nutrient for many plants. By adding eggshells to your soil you can add extra nutrients, and control the pH all with free food waste. Garlic plants love nutrient-dense …

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How Much Water Does Growing Garlic Need?

Garlic is a surprisingly easy crop to grow. It can tolerate lots of sun, cold and mild temperatures, and it requires pretty infrequent watering. Not to mention, a couple of garlic cloves can go a long way, with tons of flavor, and dense in essential nutrients. Garlic is a great addition to any garden, especially …

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How Much Water Do Strawberry Plants Need? Watering Mistakes to Avoid

Strawberries are a summer garden staple and for good reason. They are delicious, relatively easy to grow, they can be grown in a number of conditions, and they typically have a great payoff. Like most fruits strawberries require specific care instructions in order to grow their best and healthiest. Strawberries require consistent watering, and their …

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