Pascal Yan

Pascal is a tree planter and naturalist from Quebec, Canada. His fascination for nature fuels much of his writing.

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Clay Soil: What it’s Made of & What its Best For

Clay soil is a tricky soil type to work with before you become familiar with it. It's hard to dig in, the drainage is almost non-existent and it's so packed it sometimes you doubt your plants...

Shrimp Compost: What it’s Good For & When to Use It

"Where's the shrimp compost?" The famous question! Every year before the tree planting season starts, I work as a horticulturist in a garden center in Montreal. At this point of the year (April to May), the plants...

Peat Moss: What it’s Made of & What it’s Good For

Every year, before the tree planting season kicks off, I work as a horticulturist at a garden center in Montreal. At this point of the year (late April to May), the plants have barely come...

How to Propagate Siberian Peashrub (Caragana arborescens)

This guide is meant to teach you how to propagate Siberian Peashrub (Caragana arborescens), a very hardy zone 2 perennial shrub native to Siberia. Hardiness Zone: 2-8 Soil Type: Well-drained Clay, Sand, or Loam. Water: Normal Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade. Siberian peashrub...

How to Propagate Currant Plants (Ribes)

Currant plants (genus Ribes) are one of the lesser-known wild berry species. Not necessarily because they're not tasty, but more because they had been banned in the states back in 1911 up until 1961. The ban...

Cow Manure vs. Sheep Manure: Differences, Uses & Gardening Tips

Every year, before the tree planting season kicks off, I work as a horticulturist at a garden center in Montreal. At this point of the year (late April to May), the plants have barely come...

How to Identify & Propagate Rock Harlequin (Corydalis sempervirens)

A field guide on how to identify & propagate Rock Harlequin (Corydalis sempervirens). Learn how to grow the seeds and take stem cuttings.

How to Identify & Propagate Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium)

A field guide on how to identify & propagate fireweed epibolium angustifolium. Learn how to grow the seeds and take stem cuttings.

How to Identify & Propagate Lady’s Slippers (Cypripedium reginae)

A field guide on how to identify & propagate Lady's Slippers (Cypripedium reginae). Learn how to grow the seeds and take stem cuttings.

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Clay Soil: What it’s Made of & What its Best For

Clay soil is a tricky soil type to work with before you become familiar with it. It's hard to dig in, the drainage is almost...

Shrimp Compost: What it’s Good For & When to Use It

"Where's the shrimp compost?" The famous question! Every year before the tree planting season starts, I work as a horticulturist in a garden center in...

Peat Moss: What it’s Made of & What it’s Good For

Every year, before the tree planting season kicks off, I work as a horticulturist at a garden center in Montreal. At this point of...

How to Propagate Siberian Peashrub (Caragana arborescens)

This guide is meant to teach you how to propagate Siberian Peashrub (Caragana arborescens), a very hardy zone 2 perennial shrub native to Siberia. Hardiness Zone: 2-8 Soil Type: Well-drained...

How to Propagate Currant Plants (Ribes)

Currant plants (genus Ribes) are one of the lesser-known wild berry species. Not necessarily because they're not tasty, but more because they had been...