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Fashion Update 2018

Fashion Update 2018

By Megan

Every year comes with new fashion trends, and with 2018 in full swing, this year’s trends are confidently making an appearance. Feminine yet practical, this year is all about a beautiful, earthy style. Here’s what to look for this season, from colours to style.

Pastels:

This year’s top colour trend is both pretty and perfect for spring: pastels. Defined as a soft and delicate shade of a colour, pastels are bright and bold, without being too loud. The paleness in colouring makes them an excellent choice for mixing and matching. Pair them with other pastel shades, or experiment with darker tones, too.

Pastels pair seamlessly with a gorgeous floral pattern – like our stunning Soya Concept Rose Printed Blouse ($64.99) – and will look amazing with a light-coloured jean – like these beautiful, grey Jag Girlfriend Jeans ($99.99). Keeping it cheerful, colourful, and just a little feminine, pastels make for the perfect springtime start to the year.

Patterns:

While the colour palette of pastels offers subtle style looks, this year’s fashion gets bold with patterns. From polka dots to stripes, gingham to checkers, the selection is endless and finding one that speaks to you is easier than ever!

For a soft and feminine touch, choose a floral pattern, like our rose blouse featured above. For a bolder, statement-making outfit, choose a more contrasting pattern and pair it with a brightly coloured accessory. A perfect example is this black and white Papillon Gingham Ruffle Dress ($74.99) with our gorgeous, fuschia Joy Accessories Nicole Crossbody bag ($44.99). Finish off your outfit with the perfect spring jacket – like our Tribal Grey Denim Jacket ($99.99) – and you’re set to take on 2018 in style.

Mixing Patterns:

As anyone knows, patterns themselves are not a new trend, but 2018 adds a twist on patterns by mixing them. Fashion has traditionally limited outfits to a single pattern. This year, however, is all about breaking those rules. This season we get to have fun making a statement by mixing what we have always been told “didn’t match”.

Mixing patterns may seem difficult, but you can be the master of this loud, bold trend with these simple tips and tricks:

  • Pick a Statement Pattern – this will be most heavily featured pattern and will draw the eye.
  • Keep Colours Alike – by using similar colours, or varying shades of the same colour, you will create a conversation between the patterns.
  • Have a Palette Cleanser – have a neutral piece that will balance out the patterns, like jeans.
  • Texturize – Textures add as much variety as a print, in a more subtle way, that is just as fun.

Feminine Utilitarian :

Along with colours and statement-makers, with each new year comes a new style inspiration. This year’s inspiration is perfect for the gardeners and the florists. Feminine Utilitarian is all about a working-class lady who is ready for a date night, but isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.

Comfort and practicality paired with pretty, delicate features makes this a look that both tomboys and women will love. Ruffles and lace contrast with denims and khakis, while still complimenting them and effortlessly blending relaxation with beauty.

Creating this stylish and functional look is as simple as mixing and matching. Find your favourite, feminine top – we love this delicate, ivory Dex Crochet Halter ($49.99) – and pair it with the perfect, practical pants – like these oh-so-comfortable, charcoal Dex Cargo Pants ($59.99). Add a pretty, patterned accessory – like a Pretty Persuasions Zippered Clutch Purse ($49.99) – and you have the perfect, casual look for 2018.

With ruffles and florals, jeans and joggers, this year’s style trends are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Stop by our boutique today to see more of these styles, and start spring off right with your new 2018 look.

Container Gardening Trends

Container Gardening Trends

By Erna

“The earth laughs in flowers.“  
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Container gardening is one of the dominant styles of gardening we use in our own yards and see on the covers of magazines. There’s good reason that this art form is so popular – there are so many different ways you can make something unique and personal with your container.

Additionally, you can feel free to change your style with the seasons, as each new one brings another new container.  There are a few leading trends in the container gardening world this season that are ready to be explored. Here are some new ideas for you to create your own living artwork in your backyard:

Colour of the Year:

Each year we’re told which colour will be the leading trendsetter in that season’s styles. These selections come straight from Pantone, the undisputed expert of colour in design. While previous year’s selections left a little to be desired, this season’s pick of Ultraviolet (18-3838 to be precise) is full of possibility. Each year we’re told which colour will be the leading trendsetter in that season’s styles. These selections come straight from Pantone, the undisputed expert of colour in design. While previous year’s selections left a little to be desired, this season’s pick of Ultraviolet (18-3838 to be precise) is full of possibility. 

Ultraviolet is one of the most complex colours on the spectrum and brings all that nuance to your garden. In a container, it can be downright moody. What can be vibrant and lively under the bright daylight sun, can almost seem to transform to brooding into the evening. 

The beauty of this colour comes down to science. It sits right on the edge of the spectrum of light that our eyes can see. When you look at a rich, ultraviolet flower, your brain is busy giving you the closest estimate of a colour it can’t fully see. While insects, like a bee or butterfly, are getting the full ultraviolet show in their visible colour spectrum, our human eyes get the treat of a colour that is half real and half imagined. 

Ultraviolet in Containers:

Want to use colour science to make your containers special this summer? Here’s how to bring some of this season’s pick to your yard:

Violet and Yellow are opposites of each other, so they provide brilliant contrast. Add a cheerful sunny yellow next to your violet flowers to make your container come to life.
The depth of ultraviolet can make it get lost in the shade. Pairing it with a brighter companion, like a chartreuse foliage, will keep it in the spotlight.

Don’t be afraid of the seasons changing. Your purples will take on a new quality as the sun gets lower in the sky, towards autumn.

Water Garden Containers:

Many of us are in envy of the tranquil and unique aesthetic of backyard pond gardening. This trend is for the smart gardener that wants all the rewards with less work. Anyone can have their own backyard pond, without the commitment of digging up any of their yard. It’s as easy as taking a pot without drainage, filling it with water, and placing your pond plants inside. 

You’ll be doing similar steps to those that install a more permanent pond into their yard. You’ll need a little heavy clay soil for your plants, and specific water plants from our greenhouse.

The basics are so simple to set up that it’s easy for anyone to get a little ambitious with this project, with a few extra steps. Consider adding a pump to reap the benefits of tranquil, bubbling sounds and discouraging mosquitoes. The boosted ambient humidity will be a treat for you and any tropical containers surrounding your water feature. 

Some details to watch for:

You’ll need to scrub away algae every once in a while. Consider emptying your container once or twice a year for cleaning – if you don’t have fish, you’ll have far less algae.

If you still have mosquitoes after installing a pump, consider using a dash of organic larvicide as a safe way to get rid of them before they become irritating biters.

As water evaporates you’ll need to add water. If you’re using tap water let it sit a couple days to let some of the chlorine evaporate before adding it to your container. As beautiful as they are, avoid half whiskey barrels. Toxins from these can leach from the wood into the water, harming your plants and fish. Only use containers that are made with safe materials.

Succulent Treats:

Succulents are the focus of house plant trends and won’t be moving from the spotlight for a while. They are not only very easy to care for, but also full of contemporary charm and designer aesthetic.

While they are the clear winners of indoor design, our temperate summers are the perfect time to feature them in our yards. Your plants will thank you for the fresh air and sunlight, while you’ll get a striking container. 

While they are the clear winners of indoor design, our temperate summers are the perfect time to feature them in our yards. Your plants will thank you for the fresh air and sunlight, while you’ll get a striking container.

The best containers are shallow and have lots of drainage. Terra-cotta containers are good options. Go to your local Garden Centre and get choosing from all the delightful succulent varieties. For the best container, choose lots of different shapes and colours to mix with some of your favourites you fall in love with. Pot your succulents in a mix of cactus and a peat moss-based potting mixes. If your container has the room, consider lining the bottom with a layer of pebbles to improve drainage. 

 

This is a perfect opportunity to give a hip upgrade to an old container that is too ornate or vintage for your annuals. For the crafty and DIY, head to the Antique Mall and dig out something fun, like a bird cage, to make a planter from.

Succulents can be expensive to fill a container with. Here’s a few hints on how to trim costs and have a better looking planter:

Choose a few favourites to bring indoors in the fall. Keep these succulents in their pots when you plant your container so you can easily move them indoors when the seasons change. By nurturing them with lots of light over the winter, these will become impressive specimens over the years.

Alternatively, you can bring your entire container indoors, if you have the space. Spray a few times to get rid of bugs and pests before you bring it inside.Mix your succulents with some less expensive bedding plants in your container. Most of the costly designer annuals will overwhelm your succulents, but classics, like marigolds, zinnias, and portulaca, will be great accents to your container.

Containers are a fun way to explore the latest trends without having to make any long commitments to your designs. They are the best way to take advantage of new styles that you fall in love with and to give a fun new upgrade to your yard and home each year.      

Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring

Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring

By Erna

April is one of our favourite months for its idealism: with dreams of freshly ripened garden vegetables on our tables and colourful flower blooms dancing in our heads. Funnily enough, it’s also the ugliest month – a muddy brown stretch between winter and the fresh green of spring. The warm days tease us, but the cold snaps prevent us from planting away.

The receding snow can be brutal. We wish for it to reveal rich, black garden beds that are ready for spring crops to be sown into. More often, however, the snow melts to unveil soil that is either too muddy or too dusty for the veggies we’ve been dreaming of. But with the right tips and tricks, none of this is to fear!

Drainage:

Healthy dirt is the most important foundation for a healthy garden, but it’s not as popular a topic as the hottest new plant trends in the glossy magazines. A healthy root system needs healthy soil, and it will be impossible to have the blooming, fruiting garden you want without good roots to back it up.

Good drainage is about creating a healthy balance between managing water levels and keeping enough nutrients at root level. You’ll want water to move through your soil to avoid drowning your roots, but still need your medium to be rich with nutrients.

The science to testing drainage is actually in the palm of your hand: Grab a handful of moist soil from your garden and squeeze it tight. If the clump holds together as you open your hand, but falls apart with any poking or prodding, you are lucky to have great soil – not too little or too much of anything.

Soil That’s Too Sandy:

If your soil falls apart as soon as you open your hand, it’s probably too sandy. It’ll have excellent drainage, but could be lacking in some nutrients. Even a healthy garden plot can eventually turn dusty after years of growing. All your garden plants, but especially your edibles, greedily devour nutrients like nitrogen and potassium, which also drain away naturally over time in your water.

Fixing your sandy soil is simple. Start by measuring your garden space to get an idea of how many square meters it is. Get a 40 litre bag of compost, or Sea Soil, for every square meter of ground. This will give you a 4-5 cm layer that is ideal for an annual touch-up. If your garden looks like a dust-bowl and needs more than just a little boost of nutrients, double up to an 8-10 cm layer.

Blend your layers in evenly with a shovel or a pitch fork. If you use a rototiller, make sure your blades are going deep enough to mix your soil properly.

Soil With Too Much Clay:

If your clump of soil looks more like a golf ball when you open your hand, you’ve got an abundance of clay in your garden. Clay retains tons of nutrients to feed your plants, which is awesome, but is not very good at draining. Your soil could become waterlogged, and young, fibrous roots will have a hard time growing in it.

Amending sandy soil is all about adding nutrient retention, but amending clay is about opening up the pores so your roots can breathe. You’ll want to pick up some peat moss from your Garden Centre. These bags come compressed, so one bag will go a long way – it’s the most affordable garden amendment. Adding it to your soil will improve your drainage immensely but, unless your clay-heavy garden also has lots of black loam, you’ll also want to add some compost into the mix to feed your garden.

Having garden soil that isn’t perfect is far from the end of the world. With just an afternoon of work, you can easily give your plants the nutrition or drainage boost they need to be blooming and growing their best this season.

Snow Mould and Spring Lawn Care

Snow Mould and Spring Lawn Care

By Pierre

Our lawns take up the majority of our yard space. Even with popular tastes favouring perennial beds and edible gardens, turf care is still important to care for our yards as a whole. With winter fading, and a new season of growth approaching, here are some tips to have a lush and healthy turf.

Waiting Game

It’s easy for the temptation to set in as soon as the snow starts to recede and you can see your lawn peak out! For a lot of us eager gardeners, our first instinct is to grab a rake and leap into action – sometimes even when our yards are still caked in ice.

You must resist this instinct. Working your lawn while it’s still wet and recovering from the winter can do much more harm than good. Heavy feet can compact the soil or break emerging shoots. All of your early work could end up being for nothing if you damage your grass and give the weeds a head start.

Snow mould (typhula blight) is very common for us, thanks to our long, snowy winters. It can be ugly to look at – fungus forming silvery-grey patches on the lawn – and it can be tough on seasonal allergies, but, thankfully, it goes away as your lawn dries off. Unless it’s thick enough to choke your grass or cause you discomfort, don’t even bother raking it off, let time work its magic.

If you’re itching for something to do as the lawn dries, consider sharpening your mower blades. Waiting while your lawn is in plain sight can be tough, but improving the condition of your mower will set you up for a summer with a healthy lawn. Sharp blades will shear the grass instead of tearing it, resulting in healthier turf. While you’re working, remember to change the oil, spark plug, and filters regularly, too.

For the most impatient and keen gardeners among us, the waiting can be hurried by spreading out leftover snow from the shady spots of your lawn. Your lawn will dry sooner, more evenly, and you’ll be left with less snow mould in the most protected areas of your lawn.

Raking and Top-Dressing

Once the thatch is dried, your lawn is ready for you to “spring” into action! Give everything a good rake, especially with older lawns or those that have a half inch or more of thatch. You don’t need to clear all the thatch, but excessive amounts can be a breeding ground for pests and mildew.

Once you’ve got your thatch down to a healthy quarter inch or so, you can work on nurturing your lawn. Top dress any sparse areas right away so your lawn still has a chance to beat out the weed seeds that are swiftly germinating.

Top Dressing How-To:

Start by throwing a quarter or half inch of potting soil across sparse patches. The organic nutrients in the soil will help feed your lawn for the upcoming growing season. Top seed over your new soil – if your area has a lot of hungry birds, dusting some more soil over your new seed will disguise their lunch.

Fertilizing and Aerating

Spring is all about giving your lawn what it needs to be healthy and lush all summer! Aerating your lawn pulls plugs out to give your lawn’s cramped root system some air. Whether you rent a machine yourself or hire a company, this is great for the long-term health of your turf. Aeration is an especially important step in lawn care for older lawns or those that have been compacted by high traffic.

Fertilizing gives your grass the fuel it needs to grow healthy and strong. Your grass won’t be awake and hungry as soon as the snow melts. Fertilizing your dormant lawn is not only a waste of time, effort, and money, but it could end up giving fuel to weeds that wake up quicker in the spring.

You’ll have the best results if you wait to fertilize when your grass is green and growing. If you’re an eager gardener, this could be a tough task for your patience, as it won’t be for a while after the snow melts.

Thankfully, the days of blasting your lawn with a high-nitrogen mix and a hose are over. Most lawn fertilizers are now slow release, so they will feed your lawn steadily over weeks and months, and you won’t have to worry about burning your roots.

Behind the Scenes at Oakridge, March 2018

Behind the Scenes at Oakridge, March 2018

Spring is here, and the greenhouse is bustling with activity as pots get potted, and sprouts start sprouting! Our team has been working hard to ensure that this year’s plants are looking (and growing!) their best.

It’s the perfect time of year to come in and get your green ‘fix’. Come in and be surrounded by the oasis of tropical plants! Grab a latte, take a walk around, and start choosing your seeds for your vegetable and flowering gardens. Need help? Our knowledgeable staff is always available to discuss all things germination. 

Easter Decorating Tips

Easter Decorating Tips

By Megan

Easter is about the beginning of spring and the season of rebirth. In addition to getting hopeful about all our gardening dreams to come, it’s a time to freshen up the house. Flush away the last bits of a dark, cold, and gloomy winter with a bit of indoor life.

Here are our favourite easy and kid-friendly ways to bring a little bit of spring inside:

Wheatgrass:

This is the easiest way to get some vibrant and freshness in your home! If you have kids, they’ll love to help with this one. Wheatgrass is a breath of life that is so green it can’t help but make you smile as you wait for spring to arrive.

All you will need is a container, some normal potting soil, and some wheatgrass seed. If you can’t find any wheatgrass, and don’t plan to eat your harvest, catgrass might be easier to find and grows the same. Here’s how to grow your own:

  • Soak your seeds in water for 12-24 hours. You’ll want a generous amount of seeds to have lush grass. Soaking your seeds will soften them and speed up their growth.
  • Add a few inches of soil to your container. If your container is deep, feel free to fill the bottom with rocks or almost anything to take up space.
  • Moisten the soil and plant your seeds. You should layer the seeds thick enough that you can’t see any soil underneath. The more seeds, the fuller your grass will grow!
  • Place your container by a window and enjoy your beautiful grass in just a few days!

Eggshell Succulents:

This craft takes advantage of the constant popularity of succulents and adapts it to an Easter theme. This spring, use succulents to take your Easter Eggs to the next level:

  • Start with some eggs – we would recommend 6 to 12, so you can use the carton – and some succulents. You’ll be looking for tiny succulents, the 2” seedling plugs work very well, and Oakridge carries many varieties in that size. Pick whatever type of succulent catches your eye. Anything that will fit in your egg works perfectly.
  • Use a dull knife to notch and cut the top off the pointy end of the egg. Try to take just enough off that you can pour out the egg (optional: pouring eggs on to a hot frying pan for breakfast is recommended).
  • Wash out the egg and let it sit for a day to dry.
  • Carefully take your chosen succulents out of their pots.
  • Remove as much soil as you need and gently put it into the egg. Our recommendation is to use a cactus or succulent blend, but any well-draining potting mix will work. We also found that chopsticks were a great tool to carefully push soil into every air pocket.
  • Water your eggshell succulents sparingly, only until the top of the soil is moistened. The end result is some adorably Easter-themed succulents!

Enjoy your calcium-munching, miniature plants for a breath of spring all year, with just a sprinkle of water occasionally.

Fresh Air:

Spring is the season when we can finally open the windows and sample the fresh air. You can bring freshness inside with some houseplants that clean your air by getting rid of stale water and toxins.

Houseplants have enjoyed a surge of popularity focused on their air cleaning abilities. All plants do a little to freshen the air, but some have been found to be toxin-screening powerhouses.

Try making a garden of these air cleaning specialists – even if it’s just a little garden of small plants – to bring the spring indoors. Here are our favourites:

  • Spider plant
  • Peace Lily
  • Gerbera Daisy
  • Ferns (we love Boston, Plumosa, and Maidenhair)
  • Palms (especially Parlour palms)
  • English Ivy
  • Mum (pot mum is best)

This Easter, enjoy the freshness of spring with your family by freshening your indoor living space. All that new green inside will make the anticipation for the first glimpse of spring outdoors even better. We all love the bright, fresh green of spring, so why not have a little of that at home all year?

Keeping Your Succulent Alive and Happy

Keeping Your Succulent Alive and Happy

By Erna

Succulents are the darlings of contemporary gardening. These beautiful plants have a striking aesthetic unlike anything else in your garden. It’s no mystery why their look captivates trends so easily! The unique beauty of succulents is matched by their habits, which play by different rules than some of your other favourite houseplants. You aren’t alone if you’ve brought home a new succulent, only to have it struggle. Fortunately, the succulent code isn’t hard to crack, and a few guidelines will have your plants thriving in no time. It isn’t hard to have healthy succulents to brighten your home all year – from houseplants to living DIY decoration.

Succulent Rule of Thumb

Green thumb or not, the guidelines for succulent care are simple. You’ll always have the healthiest and most attractive plants if you try to replicate the environment that they are adapted to survive in. Succulents have become super successful at growing in their native, arid habitats. By creating growing conditions they are comfortable with, it’s incredibly easy to keep your succulents looking their best.

Watering

One of the most common succulent problems is also the easiest to fix. A lot of complaints come from people who end up doting on their plants much more than they need to. What succulents actually need is some neglect, so put down the watering can! They won’t like to be on the same watering schedule as your tropical houseplants. When you do water, be thorough. Instead of a small trickle, drench them until water flows out the bottom of the container. This will help to wash accumulated salts out of the soil. You’ll then want to let the soil dry out before you water again. In the summer, you’re aiming for watering once a week. In the winter, your plants will be dormant and only need water about once every two weeks.

Soil

Even the best watering schedule relies on the right soil as a foundation; we are still trying to copy the natural habitat of your succulent. You should aim for something that has great drainage, but isn’t pure sand. Your plant still needs some soil for the nutrients to grow. Our favourite happy medium is peat moss, or a specialized succulent or cactus soil mixed half and half with sand. Too much soil can choke the roots of your plant, but too much sand will starve your plant, so a healthy balance is important. If you don’t think that your soil is a good fit for your succulent, repotting is a simple fix. Take extra care with the delicate roots of your plant as you move them from one medium to another. While succulents certainly don’t need fertilizer to thrive, some prefer it to give their plant an extra boost. A half-dose of all-purpose fertilizer during spring and summer is the best choice to feed your plant without overwhelming the roots.

Location, Location, Location!

Like any of your other plants, your succulent has its preferences for sunshine and temperature to be comfortable. Room temperature is great for your succulent. If you feel like taking your succulent care to the next level, place it close to a window during the winter. The drop in temperature by a few degrees could encourage your plant to bloom in the spring. The more important guideline calls for 6 hours of light a day minimum. This can be a tall order in our dark winter months. Placing your succulent close to an East or North-facing window can squeeze a few extra moments of sunshine into the day. With South or West-facing windows especially, take care to keep your plant a few inches off the glass. The UV rays from the sun are magnified by windows and can give your plant a sunburn, even in the winter. Less than 6 hours of sunlight certainly won’t kill your plant, however, it could cause your plant to stretch, changing the look of the plant that you originally brought home.  

These popular plants are easy to take care of once you know the secrets to meeting their needs. There are so many fun options for things to do with your succulent that are open, once you know what to do! A quick look on Pinterest or Instagram can provide all the inspiration you need – feel free to dream big in your container designs or decorating at home. A happy home includes healthy plants with your own personal flair!

Can We Eat Healthier in Winter?

Can We Eat Healthier in Winter?

By Megan

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon”

– Doug Larson

Comfort Food in the Winter

We’ve had a chilly winter, even by Canadian standards! As the mercury drops, we have a tendency to reach for comfort foods. Looking at the bleak and frigid weather outside, all we want to do is curl up and be cozy! Your body and brain are demanding carbs and fat for warmth, and between the winter darkness and the freezing temperatures, it’s hard to say no to them.

In the winter, we always end up reaching for foods that make us happy quick. It’s unavoidable and not the end of the world, especially when teamed with a hit of extra-healthy nutrients to keep us feeling our best. Microgreens pack more nutrition per pound than any other food you could grow at home! They give you a much-needed energy boost, and their nutrients and vitamins will keep you and your family feeling healthy until spring.

Buying microgreens at the store comes with a price that could make them impractical. Growing your own is cheap and easy, making this a simple way to cheat winter blues! All you need is a South-facing window, a container, some potting soil, and, of course, some seeds.

Our Favourite Grow-At-Home Tricks

Microgreens are common garden plants grown normally but harvested before they’ve matured, so you won’t need to bother with any fancy seed mixes or designer names. Most varieties sprout in 2-5 days, so it doesn’t take long to start reaping the benefits of your microgreens.

The best results will come from common varieties that you’re already familiar with. Look for broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, mustard, sunflower, cilantro, or chia. If you buy bulk packs and keep the extra seeds in the fridge, you can keep lots of homegrown treats handy, even on the coldest days.

All you’ll need is a container with some drainage. You could use an old container or even repurpose a milk carton.

Mason jars are a popular container for growing – their size and shape make them ideal environments for sprout growth. Avoid anything painted on the inside to keep your seeds and food clean. Add a few inches of soil and you’ll be ready to plant!

Sow your seeds thickly. The guideline is that the seeds should be one seeds’ width from each other. This shouldn’t be a complicated chore, simply sprinkle them on, making sure they don’t pile up anywhere. Cover your seeds with a layer of potting mix that is also the width of the seeds.

Water your improvised garden gently until it comes out the bottom. You’ll want to keep the soil evenly moist for a few weeks as your seeds sprout and grow a few inches. The best time to harvest is when your plants are a few inches high, so you can leave an inch at the bottom (you might even get another crop as a bonus).

Picking Microgreens

There are so many choices for microgreens that there’s an option for every vitamin and nutrient. These little plants can pack up to 40x the nutritional value per pound than their mature plants. If you grow an assortment of varieties you’ll be able to get everything you need to feel healthier in the winter.

If you want Vitamins C, K, and E, some great options that taste great are red cabbage, garnet amaranth, daikon radishes or red radishes. Alfalfa and red wheat are also two of our favourites. Cilantro will give a boost of lutein and beta-carotene for eye and skin health. Arugula tastes delightfully peppery and has a generous serving of calcium. For expecting moms, the folate in chard helps keep pregnancies healthy. For growing microgreens with the kids, Mung Beans are a great choice as they’re easy to grow, and most kids like the taste of them as well.

But if you’re looking for a simple place to start, here at Oakridge Garden Centre, we carry West Coast Organic Sprouting seeds, 100 grams for $3.49, which is a super affordable option for this type of project.

Staying healthy this winter doesn’t have to be a chore. Instead of saying no to every craving for comfort food, try using microgreens to boost your health and immune system. Growing microgreens at home is easy – and a little spot of vibrant green sprouts at home can be quite the winter pick-me-up, as well.

Welcome to the new Oakridge Café

This winter we got to work creating a new space for the café. The idea was to expand on our existing menu and offer an all day dining experience! Along with our Coffee favourites and staple Baked Goods (all made fresh right here at Oakridge!) we have brought in a Breakfast & Lunch/Dinner menu and even a Beer and Wine Bar! Offering fresh-made selections like our Breakfast Panini, Cashew Chicken Wraps and Oakies Sliders – all made with fresh & local ingredients.

We love to support and shop local – which means that we are able to offer some very special products in our store and now also in our Café! We are lucky to have some pretty amazing resources available to us right here in Steinbach – our bread is made in store by our wonderful DeeDee (who is also responsible for all those amazing desserts!) and also brought in from Old Church Bakery. We are also very fortunate to be serving our meat selection from Earls Meat Market, both of these are located on Main street! Our honey comes from local Honey Farmers – and we now offer only local Manitoba Beer!

          


One of the most exciting parts (& our new favourite!) is the Beer and Wine Bar. Now you can have a cold one with your favourite menu item or sip a glass of wine and catch up with friends!




Come in and see all the changes that have happened around here. Now open Monday – Saturdays for breakfast (served from 9am-11am), lunch and dinner (available from 11am – close). We look forward to serving you soon!




Don’t worry – not everything has changed! We still have your favourite coffee available fresh all day!

Choosing The Best Food For Your Winter Birds

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Winter is well upon us!
We have started to feel the effects of the cold and the piles (and piles) of snow we have received this winter have taken a toll – so we can only imagine how these frigid and harsh winters affect our winged friends. For those of us who delight in the spoils of bird watching, there is nothing easier than attracting the birds that tackle our cold Canadian winters to your own yard (and watching them from the comfort and warmth of your home!).

Over the winter a birds natural food source becomes scarce and many of them become reliant on backyard feeders to survive, so offering a high quality and consistent variety of food will be sure to attract visitors all winter long. Birds need a high fat or oil content in their food to give them the energy that they need to outlast the winter, the most popular way of providing this to them is Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Suet Cakes, Peanuts and a well-balanced quality blend seed never hurts!

Peanuts offer a high calories for many winter birds and are perfect to store outdoors because they wont freeze in your feeders! Mixing peanuts into suet cake is another fabulous way to give the birds a high fat and calorie treat, both of these options you can find right here at Oakridge!
Sun Country Farms says Black Oil Sunflower Seed is “hands down, the favourite choice among most seed eating birds. The high oil content, along with a high fat content, provides instant energy for birds. The shell of the black oil seed is thin and easily broken by birds, even those with small beaks.” Pick up a bag here at Oakridge and check out the other varieties from Sun Country Farm we carry.

Here at Oakridge we have committed to carrying a well-respected and leader in “economically, environmentally and socially sustainable birdseed companies” Sun Country Farms. Learn more about their philosophy and how they are changing the game on virtually emission-less farming, production and even the delivery of their birdseed on their website.

We want to make it easy for you to feed our feathered friends – so we have made sure to provide quality food and even feeders – everything you need is here at Oakridge! Whatever your choice for feeding birds in the wintertime, you can be sure that they will thank you by flocking to your feeders and come springtime will have very loyal visitors who know where to find the best food!