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Katie Dawson

Katie Dawson and husband Chris Martin own the Cut and Dried Flower Farm, a family owned greenhouse business located close to Glencairn, Ontario.

white tailed deer head shot

Are deer eating your gardens?

May 13, 2016

Who me? With a little planning you can design a garden that deer and rabbits may pass over.

Snow on Violas

Harden off your annuals

Apr 30, 2016

For the best selection buy early and harden off your annuals at home.

Mulch your garden

Mulch – Get the low down

Mar 12, 2016

Shredded bark or wood chip mulches will last longer, but usually have to be topped up every 3 years.

Fall is time to plant bulbs

Fall Garden Prep

Oct 11, 2015

Fall garden tasks – relax, most plants will come through the winter without any special treatment.

Drying flowers and herbs

Sep 20, 2015

Drying flowers and herbs – Herbs can be crushed and stored, flowers can be left hanging as decoration or used to make dried arrangements.

To Deadhead Perennials or Not?

Aug 20, 2015

The general rule is there is no rule, remember they are all perennials and will grow back again next year.

Growing Fruit Bushes

Growing Fruit Bushes

Jul 12, 2015

The benefit of growing fruit bushes (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries etc) as opposed to fruit trees (apple, pear, plum etc) is that they will start to produce fruit soon after planting – in many cases, the same year.

Red Lily Beetle

Check your Lilies for Red Lily Beetle

Jun 29, 2015

The best way to control this nasty pest is to continually scout for the adults, larvae and eggs. Wipe the eggs off with a soapy cloth and drop adults and larvae into a bowl of soapy water.

Spring garden clean up

Spring Garden Clean Up

May 10, 2015

No time like the present to start working in the garden! Use these tips to clean up and get ready for new plants.

Heritage Tomato

Heritage Tomatoes

Apr 8, 2015

Heritage tomatoes are available in a huge range of sizes, shapes and colours and have fantastic flavor.

Ground cover perennials moss

Ground Cover Perennials

Feb 9, 2015

We are often asked to recommend perennials for ground cover – whether it be sun or shade, so I thought I would list my favourites.


Attracting Butterflies to your Garden

Jan 15, 2015

It is especially important to have flowers in mid to late summer when most butterflies are active.

Avocado Seedling

Grow your own Avocado plant

Dec 26, 2014

This is a great project for kids or adults and is fun to do at this time of the year when you can’t get into the garden yet!

Protecting Tender Plants for the Winter

Nov 12, 2014

Any plant designated a zone 5 or more needs winter protection.

Fall Garden Tasks

Oct 7, 2014

Add a few new bulbs every year. Some multiply well (Daffodils), some die out with time or get eaten by animals (Tulips).

Perennial Garden Renovation

Sep 16, 2014

Make some spaces for some new plants, and give away extra plants.

Superbena Royale Peachy Keen

Fertilize your annuals!

Aug 13, 2014

Keep your plants happy and healthy with soluble fertilizer.

In The Hills

In The Hills is an independent, locally owned print and online magazine that has earned its reputation as the best-read, best-loved magazine in Headwaters.

The magazine is delivered to more than 40,000 homes and farms throughout Caledon, Erin, Dufferin, Orangeville and Creemore – up to double the circulation of any other local publication. And it is available to visitors at local inns, restaurants, specialty retail stores and other tourist locations.