A Vegetable Garden Adventure

  By Darlene Belton, Master Gardener I’ve grown herbs and a few vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers and squash, for many years but I have always tucked them right into my ornamental borders. However, this year for many …

My Childhood Dream to Create an Indigenous Garden

by Elizabeth Sellors, Master Gardener Part 2/3 In order to achieve the prairie and woodland experience I wanted the garden would, in many respects, just “happen”. It would be loosely planted, not rigidly controlled by specifically positioned plants. …

Roses are Considered to be Picky

By Sandra Venton Master Gardener Roses are considered to be picky, fussy, finicky, and a host of other pejorative adjectives denigrating them, but they strike a chord in the hearts of many gardeners, including myself. I planted by …

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Garden Plastic

By Jane Zoutman, Master Gardener Spring has sprung and Manitoba gardener’s thoughts have turned to planting. We should also be thinking of what products we are using and how we dispose of them. Gardeners use a lot of …

Gardening Question of the Month

Question: Last year I had flea beetles in one of my vegetable garden boxes (thankfully only one) and I couldn’t get rid of them. I tried diatomaceous earth, neem oil, and planting some trap plants to lure them …

Tropical Foliage Plants

By Colleen Zacharias, Master Gardener As gardeners, we have a deep interest in plants – even those we may not personally grow in our gardens or homes. As Master Gardeners, we have a deep interest in sustainable solutions …

Gardening for a Lifetime – How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older

By Sydney Eddison, Timber Press, 2011 A Book Review by Lenore Linton, Master Gardener Sydney Eddison is a garden writer who has lived and gardened in Newtown Connecticut [zone 6b] since 1961. By 2004 both the author and …

A Canada Nursery Inbound Trade Mission – Travelogue part 1 of 2

Alaska Peony Growers – on left: Rita Jo Shoultz, peony grower/owner of “Alaska Perfect Peony” farm By Colleen Zacharias, Master Gardener In June I was invited to participate in a Canada nursery inbound trade mission to Alaska, Washington …

Winter Bulbs

by Diana Dhaliwal, Master Gardener Having put our gardens to bed for the winter, we can now turn our thoughts to gardening indoors. The first thing that comes to mind is to start bulbs indoors. Amaryllis (Hippeastrum spp. …

Preparing your Garden for Winter Birds

Preparing Your Garden for Winter Birds by – Richard Staniforth It is the middle of October; we have already had snow and cold weather. But today as I write, the sun is shining, the snow has gone, any …