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GARDEN GATE: Episode 231 -Last minute Christmas gift ideas (Dec 17, 2021)

On this episode I share some ideas for last minute gift ideas. Beautiful Stitch by Stitch ornaments are always popular. Hand made and Fair trade. We also have an interesting suet feeder that looks like a cute owl, compressed seed gifts for the birds, beautiful soaps and hostess napkins by Michel Design Works, tea towels, … Read more

GARDEN GATE-Episode 230: Christmas ornaments (Dec 3, 21)

At this time of year the shop is filled with beautiful gifts for Christmas. One of our favourites are the Stitch by Stitch ornaments. These are hand made in South-East Asia by artisans in their homes. While we tend to avoid items made over seas so we can support our own Canadian artists, these items … Read more

Winter Birdwatching Tips

There are far fewer bird species around during the winter months, which can, perhaps counterintuitively, make bird watching more enjoyable. For newcomers to birding, fewer species means a less overwhelming learning curve. Many of the species that overwinter here stay for the spring and summer, making winter a good time to establish a solid knowledge … Read more

Garden Gate: Episode 229-Heated bird baths (Nov. 19, 2021)

Winters in Canada are tough on birds. They spend all their time looking for food, water and shelter. Anything that we can do to help these beautiful little creatures is a good thing and will help them to survive the cold nights. Birds must eat from dawn until dusk just to survive the -30C nights. … Read more

More isn’t always better… birds and windows

Can you guess how many bird species have been documented in the Peterborough region? 307! With a blend of urban areas, lakes and rivers, agricultural fields, and forests, the Peterborough area encompasses a huge variety of habitats. On top of that, we sit in an area know as “The Land Between,” the transition zone between … Read more

GARDEN GATE: Episode 227 (Oct 22, 2021)

It’s that time of year again. Time to clean and set up your bird feeders! If you don’t feed all year then now is the time to get your feeders out again. It’s very important that the feeders are clean and that you use good quality fresh seed. And to get the most enjoyment from … Read more

GARDEN GATE: Episode 226-Canadian Made Wall Art (Oct 8, 2021)

Check out this super cute VW Van! Also known as a Westie (Westfalia). These vans are making a comeback! Just like our vintage trailer, these vintage Westies have almost a cult following! In addition to this piece we have many other stunning pieces of wall art and it’s all made in Canada! Super quality and … Read more

GARDEN GATE: Episode 225 – Beautiful fall themed soaps, napkins and art (Sept 24, 2021)

Fall is a beautiful time of year when all the colours of the leaves and flowers are so glorious. It’s also a great time of year to decorate with oranges, reds and yellows. Many of our napkins, flags, soaps etc. are these beautiful colours right now. Drop by to see our selection before the time … Read more

Garden Tips: For the love of (su)et

Love feeding woodpeckers and nuthatches? If so, suet feeders are the way to go, but suet attracts more than woodpeckers and nuthatches, and not all suet is created equal. First, suet is a firm usually animal-fat-based cake filled with fruit and seeds that are eaten by birds. Many bird species frequent suet feeders in the … Read more

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