Leslie Cox

Duchess of Dirt: Butterfly weed named 2017 Plant of the Year

What better way to celebrate the role bees and butterflies play in…

Duchess of Dirt: Beware of snow mould

A few years ago, I wrote an article about snow mould. Looking…

Duchess takes a sneak peek to what’s hot for 2017

I have a guilty little secret. It is something I look forward…

Duchess of Dirt: Roses in November? Believe it!

In the very midst of all the rotten weather this fall, who…

Gardeners are eternal optimists

great trait and gardeners have it in spades.Admittedly, we may have spent…

Going for silver in the garden

Who thinks about leaf colour in relation to how a plant handles weather conditions?

Duchess of Dirt: Prolific plant life impinging on pathways

It is the height of summer and definitely a jungle in our…

Summertime blooms and bugs keep gardeners busy

There is nothing that yells “summer in the garden” better than sunny-faced flowers, in my opinion.

To plant or not to plant those tomatoes: the annual conundrum

It's the nighttime temperatures we should pay attention to when we are transplanting our seedlings into the ground.

Raking tips to make the task easier

Raking up the leaves is very likely one of the last garden chores you will have left to do at this time of year

Duchess of Dirt: Autumn’s fall grasses provide variety of choices


Duchess of Dirt: Ripe fruit attracts vinegar flies


Endless varieties of tomatoes on the vines

by Leslie CoxSpecial to The RecordAugust in the vegetable garden is pure…

Duchess of Dirt: Paper wasps non-aggressive

European paper wasps, or more correctly, Polistes dominula, look very much like our native yellow jacket and hornet species...

Duchess of Dirt: Plenty of insects to celebrate

Upwards of eighty per cent of all plants in the world are pollinated by insects...

Grafted tomato plants offer benefits

Well...I promised more this column about the new tomato plant I am growing this year, the grafted tomato...

Early jump on tomatoes for Duchess of Dirt

I grow tomatoes in pots mainly to see how well they will perform...with a focus on growth habit in a limited space...

Noxious or nuisance?

A noxious weed or merely a nuisance? Either way they are both invasive

Here come the caterpillars, again

Beware! It may be another bad year for northern tent and forest caterpillars if you had an infestation in your garden last year