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  • Got Cherries? Let’s Cook!

    Midsummer nights have sprouted fireflies aplenty in southwestern Ontario. Midsummer days have sprouted something just as pretty though—plenty of delicious fruit! Farmers markets are a place of bounty, but you can get your hands on local fruit at area grocery stores too. While strawberries are petering out, thanks to a cool and wet spring, cherries… Read more »

  • Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: What You Need to Know

    For every tree, there is a pest that attacks it. Unfortunately, Hemlock trees are not immune to that fact. The accidental introduction of the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) from Japan in the 1950s, was a curse for Eastern Hemlocks, but to date not a major invasive in Ontario. They are a major threat though, and… Read more »

  • Wilting Away: The Threat of Oak Wilt

    Oak wilt Black oak, bur oak, pin oak, red oak, shumard oak, swamp white oak, and white oak—these trees all have something in common. For one, they are all native oak trees in Ontario. Sadly, they are also all susceptible to oak wilt. Ceratocystis fagacearum is the fungus behind oak wilt disease. You don’t want to… Read more »