Beneficial Insects in the Garden

Beneficial Insects in the Garden By Ian Wise Entomologist (retired) and Chair of The Prairie Garden Committee   For any gardener who wants to have a vibrant, ecologically friendly garden, it is imperative to distinguish the good from …

Container Gardening

Container Gardening Tips to get your container garden started By Kim Sysa, Master Gardener   What is container gardening? Container gardening is growing plants in containers or pots for aesthetic reasons or when you do not have room …

Q&A: Tarnished Plant Bug Infestation

Q&A: Tarnished Plant Bug  Answered by Ian Wise, Entomologist (retired) and Chair of The Prairie Garden Committee Question: Infestation of Tarnished Plant Bug, Lygus lineolaris I’m hoping someone might have a solution for a tarnished plant bug infestation …

Q&A: Lawn Conversation into Perennial Border

Q&A: Perennial Planting Question: Lawn Conversion into Perennial Border I am planning on converting a part of my lawn into a perennial border.  I will be smothering the grass this year and plan to plant the perennials in …

In Praise of the Humble Rhubarb

In Praise of the Humble Rhubarb By Doris Mae Oulton, Master Gardener   Ah, spring – when a gardener’s (who is also a cook) thoughts turn to rhubarb. Often it is the first vegetable in the garden that …

The Rhizosphere: Delving Below the Surface

The Rhizosphere: Delving Below the Surface By Meera Sinha, FRCSC, Master Gardener   Soil has been called by many names. Some have called it “dirt” reminiscent of the 1930’s drought across the prairies, when stubble was burnt, the …

What’s That on My Flower? (Part 2)

What’s That on My Flower? (Part 2) Early spring bees and a bee mimic   By Betsy Thorsteinson   As soon as plants flower in the spring, there are bees to pollinate them. I mentioned in my first …

How Local Food Systems Support Sustainability and Food Access

How Local Food Systems Support Sustainability and Food Access *Blog article by Churchill Northern Studies Centre *Republished by permission with minor changes Do you know where the food on your plate comes from? In many cases, our food travels …

Keeping a Garden Journal

Keeping a Garden Journal By Brenda Evans, Master Gardener   If you are the type of person who keeps lists, agendas, or journals to stay organized, then chances are you already have a garden journal. Journaling in general …

Master Gardeners at Ronald McDonald House

Master Gardeners at Ronald McDonald House By Lynne McCarthy and Lisa Renner, Master Gardeners   Ronald McDonald House Charity (RMHC), 62 Juno Street in Winnipeg, is a home away from home for rural Manitobans and out-of-province families with …