What your garden isn’t telling you (but you can learn)!

Photo The Soil Food Web retrieved from: Soil Biology Primer; http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/soils/health/biology/ [June 30, 2021]; authors: Elaine R. Ingham, Andrew R. Moldenke, Oregon State University, Clive A. Edwards, The Ohio State University; Illustrations: Nancy K. Marshall, Marshall Designs By …

A Wet Habitat Garden Project at Albrin Lake Park

Wet garden area – all photos by Debbie Innes by Debbie Innes, Master Gardener Debbie Innes has been the primary volunteer caretaker of Albrin Lake Park since 1999. From the beginning Debbie has been supported in her work …

The Changing Garden

By Fran Wershler, Master Gardener Ever wonder why a garden that seems great in spring in June either softens its tone to a monotony of soft colour, a big green place, or becomes a great splash of bright …

On Mixing Native and Non-Native

by Linda Dietrick (l.dietrick@uwinnipeg.ca), Master Gardener Above photo – Painted lady on Zizia aurea – all photos- Linda Dietrick When I give presentations about the New Perennialist style in landscape design, I always make a pitch for including …

Life Cycle of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio polyxenes)

Life Cycle of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) By Sharon Gray, Master Gardener in Training The black swallowtail butterfly is one of the most beautiful butterflies to be found here in Manitoba. Female swallowtails, identified by larger, …

Outdoor Classroom

Master Gardener in Action Outdoor Classroom at Hazel M Kellington School, Neepawa By Glenda MacPhee, Master Gardener Years ago I took on a two week outdoor learning challenge with my grade one class. It was a wonderful experience …

Oh! For Peat’s Sake!

“File:Schultz Sphagnum Peat Moss.jpg” by Ragesoss is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 By Liz Sellors, Master Gardener It’s spring! Gardening advertisements are bombarding us! Like this one : “Peat is a natural product, sustainably harvested. Environmentally friendly. Our …

Book Review – A Scientific Approach to Companion Planting

Plant Partners: Science-Based Companion Planting Strategies for the Vegetable Garden , Jessica Walliser: (Storey Publishing, 2020). ISBN 978-1635861334 Book Review by Linda Dietrick Companion planting was popularized in the 1970s by two books: Carrots Love Tomatoes and Roses …

Drought and Your Garden

A row of interconnected rain ‘barrels’ (recycled plastic garbage cans). The barrels are elevated in a ‘step’ sequence, and the simple pipe connections capture roof run-off from a significant rainfall. A screen over the barrel under the downspout …

Garden Clean-up and Preparation for the Growing Season

Winnipeg Public Library presents Susan LeBlanc, Master Gardener Garden Clean-Up and Preparation for the Growing Season March 30/21 – 6:30 – 7:45 pm Spring is here and now is the time to think about what needs to be …