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 …

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 …

Bee Better Manitoba

Bee Better Manitoba: Inspiring Manitobans to create pollinator habitat. Join us as we discuss pollinators and what we can do to conserve them. Pollinating insects are important for ecosystem health and food production, yet these beneficial insects are …

Herbal Tea Gardens

By Doris Mae Oulton, Master Gardener in Training Inspired by the presentation that Getty Stewart made at the Herb Society of Manitoba on herbal teas, I decided to turn part of my garden into an herbal tea garden. …

Growing Plants from Seeds – It’s Easy, Fun and Economical

By Darlene Belton, Master Gardener You’ve ordered your seeds. With luck, you’ve actually received your order. The seed shortage forecast by the Manitoba seed companies I interviewed for the January Grow Column proved right – shortages are underway. …

Choreography in the Garden

Parc de Gerland. Lyon, France. Photo by John Harper, 2005. By John L. Harper, MALA John earned his Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design in 1996. Upon completion of …

Green is a Verb

By Elizabeth Sellors, Master Gardener North American’s love affair with lawns is a recent development in the human history of altering our environment. Lawns became the hallmark of homeownership in the 1800’s when North American home owners began …

Know your Manitoba Seed Companies!

By Darlene Belton, Master Gardener Every New Year gardeners eagerly anticipate the growing season ahead. This year it seems new gardeners are too! In 2020 growing our own food became as popular as hoarding toilet paper and nurturing …