Peat belongs in Bogs, not Bags

Peat belongs in Bogs, not Bags By Lynne McCarthy, Master Gardener   Peatlands are “the unsung hero of carbon capture1”, formed in waterlogged environments, such as bogs, where remains of plants do not decompose completely.  Partly decomposed plant …

2024 Garden Tour – Manitoba Master Gardener Association

1. Angelina’s Garden In the back, a modest vegetable-box garden provides fresh vegetables over the summer. A brick patio is partly covered by a grape-vine arbor which provides a shady, green, sitting area. The atmosphere is colourful and …

The National Mini Forest Initiative

The National Mini Forest Initiative My Journey of Discovery By Rebecca Last, Master Gardener, ON  It started with a general email invitation from a local environmental group. ”Admission by donation”, it said. Early on October 18, 2023, four …

Cultivating Climate Action

Cultivating Climate Action By Mathew Scammell Most of us in Manitoba know that the climate is changing and that humans are responsible[1]. The scientific evidence supporting the claim that the burning of fossil fuels is to blame has …

Creating a Living Legacy

Creating a Living Legacy By Elsie Kathler, MG Close your eyes and think about what you were doing 15 years ago. Fifteen years ago, the Steinbach and Area Garden Club was celebrating its 10th Anniversary. With the inspiration …

Q&A: Tomato Issue

Question: Tomato Issue Hi there, I am having an issue with all of my tomato seedlings this year (over 50 of multiple varieties) that I have never seen before. Every single plant appears like it will likely die …

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 …