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In the Spirit of Giving

Posted on November 24, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton

Thanksgiving in the United States tends to signal the onset of the holiday season across North America. My favourite thing about the season is the spirit of gratitude and giving.

Over the last few large business has created a crazy day called Black Friday, as a company we do not add to this fervour. We do assist folks trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on their list but we offer value all year round.

Also in the spirit of the season, we are more about the giving and participate in the Giving Tuesday tradition. It is another date on the calendar that many consumers are starting to be aware of. 

This weekend is wonderful for the economy, and Giving Tuesday is wonderful for the community.  November 28 is Giving Tuesday, a global movement for good.
Much like retailers come together for Black Friday, the giving community rallies together for Giving Tuesday. More info HERE

Every year for the last few years, staff and suppliers have come together and helped us produce thousands of jars of cranberry sauce that we and give to the local food bank Turkey Hamper program at Christmas. 

This Tuesday we are supporting the River Clyde Pageant, more about it HERE

Year round, people can support our Gardens of Hope Respite Cottage, as well. 

From our family to you and yours we want to wish a happy and safe holiday season. Remember the reason for the season and life is a gift. 

With love from Prince Edward Island, 



So much fun in the summer!

Posted on July 22, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton

What is a weed?

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”

We avoid using harsh chemicals on the grounds of the Preserve Company and the Gardens of Hope. Chemicals in weed killers are harmful to human, animal, and bird health. I personally believe they are not needed.

We use a simple vinegar spray to keep weeds under control. All you need is a spray bottle! This is extra powerful if you spray when it’s hot and sunny outside. The vinegar essentially cooks the weeds. No chemicals necessary!

For an even more effective weed killer, add an ounce of dish soap per gallon of vinegar. For something even more powerful, add a ¼ cup of salt.

For more established weeds with large root systems, try boiling water. This works best on walkways. Do keep in mind that this method will kill insects living in the soil, so save this for hard to reach areas like patio and walkway cracks.

Whichever method you choose, vinegar or boiling water, you may need to reapply.

And before you go killing the weeds, remember the word of Emerson. Are dandelions all that bad? Personally, I leave as many as I can to feed the bees.

Do you have some natural methods for weed control to share? Please leave a comment!

On to something fun and fresh...

I love when individuals turn their passion into a business. I just love what Emily Carlaws obsession has turned into. Read More here

This week we are preparing for the second annual River Festival to arrive in the village of New Glasgow. More info here.  

On August 12, and 13th we are hosting the Prince Edward Island Visual Arts Festival to celebrate the artistic talent we have on the Island and hopefully, raise some funds to help add a sunroom to the Respite Cottage.