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, …

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 …

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 …

Master Gardeners Partnering with the St. Vital Agricultural Society

Master Gardeners Partnering with the St Vital Agricultural Society Year 2020 – Manitoba’s 150th Anniversary By Karen Fontaine, Master Gardener What was to be a year of celebrations turned out to be one of postponements and cancellations due …

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. …

Book review – The Living Landscape

The Living Landscape Designing for beauty & biodiversity in the home garden. Authors: Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy Publisher: Timber Press, 2014 Book review by Derek Yarnell, Master Gardener In my humble opinion Douglas Tallamy is a bona-fide …