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Canada Blooms opened the door to Spring on Thursday and continues until March 18. This is the 31st year for the show and I've attended most and enjoyed most. I have fond memories of when it stood alone at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre south building. Today it's co-located at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place with the huge National Home Show and there have been times in recent years when I felt it was morphing in that direction.

Did you know that a good part of your honey may have come from insect poop?
Yes, you heard that right, and I apologize if you're drizzling honey on your cereal right now. A study of the DNA in honey carried out by Noah Wilson-Rich, an entomologist who founded The Best Bees Company, revealed that fact and other valuable information. The study sampled urban hives in major cities across the U.S. and the preliminary results are surprising.

In the Garden: Is finding that rare plant a challenge?
So, you saw an amazing plant growing in someone's garden last year. You asked for the name, and even wrote it down, determined to find seeds and have it growing in your garden this year. For weeks you've been scouring seed catalogues and spent hours Googling the name, yet never finding seeds, at least from a legitimate seed company. Oh, you may have found something similar for 99 cents on eBay that ships, if you're lucky, from a source far, far away.

Starting plants indoors? Think about the soil
Seeds are arriving in mail and I'm thinking about planting them, but as they'll be growing under lights, I'm only thinking. It's still too early to start most. With exceptions, March or April is soon enough; however, this is a good time to think about the soil that you're going to be starting your seeds in.