Helpful Tips

Learn how to get the most out of your space!

Even the best gardener needs an extra green-thumb sometimes. At Sunnyside, we believe that learning about gardening helps connect people with nature from their own homes! Here are some tips and tricks we think can help every gardener get the most out of their space!

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Many people have strong opinions about genetically modified plants, also known as genetically modified organisms or GMOs. But sometimes there’s confusion around what it means to be a GMO. It also may be much more sensible to judge a plant by its specific traits rather than the way it was produced – GMO or not.

A great garden tells a story: about the land, its history and the people who forged a partnership with nature to create it. The beginning is a good place to start a story, which is why the entrance to a garden is so important and should be designed thoughtfully.

Just because your yard isn’t big enough to plant a sapling that will grow into a majestic tree (or you have no yard at all!), doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fruits trees have to offer. Consider planting a tree in a container, and perhaps, keep it indoors if it doesn’t need full sun. If you choose dwarf tree varieties, your tree can stay a manageable size.

No matter where you live, growing food in containers can be accomplished if you learn some basics. While some types of vegetables are simply better suited to growing with their roots in the ground, the determined gardener can grow almost any kind of food plant in containers.

Whether it’s delicious vegetarian or vegan recipes you’re after, or ideas for gluten or dairy-free dishes, you’ll find plenty here to inspire you.



Sharing her birding experiences in the beautiful woodlands of Western Newfoundland.

Over the past 75 years, Nature Canada has helped protect over 63 million acres of parks and wildlife areas in Canada and countless species that depend on this habitat.

Mother Earth Living is a national natural wellness and conscientious living magazine dedicated to improving the lives of its readers through an increased connection with the natural world.

Writer and naturalist Nancy Lawson cultivates compassion for all creatures great, small, wonderful and wild. A columnist for All Animals magazine, she is the author of the forthcoming book, The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Wildlife Habitat.

For 70 years, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. has been "Growing New Ideas." As originators of the Red Sunset® Maple and introducer or co-introducer of more than 50 other patented or trademarked cultivars, their company is known as a premier source of up-to-date deciduous tree cultivars and new introductions.

Rain Barrel Program

Rain barrels are used to collect and store water for outdoor usage such as watering your garden, washing outside surfaces and washing your car. Using rainwater will reduce the amount of tap water you use, which will save you money on your utility bill.