Monday, April 29, 2013

Slippery, Slimy Slugs, Yuck!

 This is the time of year our hearts and minds turn to gardening and the great outdoors!  We live in Winnipeg, wait 5 minutes and the weather will change!

Think of some of the problem areas of your garden instead and this is the time of year to deal with them. 

Slugs are slimy creatures resembling snails that come up from the ground at night and make holes in your beautiful plants (they really love hosta), leaving a slimy white trail in their wake.

If you have had a problem with slugs in a particular area of your garden, now is the time to get out the fan rake and lightly rake the soil.  In giving the area a light raking, it will bring up all the eggs the slugs have laid and you will be providing food for all the birds coming into your yard, while reducing the number of slugs.  Often times they love to lay their eggs all along a sidewalk or walkway so rake the soil lightly along these areas. Be careful not to compact the soil by walking on it.  Take a long board out to the garden area with you to use to walk on so as not to compact the soil by walking on it. To encourage birds into your garden area, place some drier lint out by a shrub or tree.  They will soon find it to help build their nests and will help rid your garden area of slugs at the same time. 

Here are a few more tips to rid your garden area of Slugs.

  1. Ammonia Spray:  Mix 1 part ammonia to 10 parts of water.  Spray on slugs in early morning or late at night when they like to come out and do their damage.  It does not hurt the plants; however, you should be careful not to spray everywhere as it will kill the good insects as well.
  2. Barrier method: Around the base of the plants under attack, right around the stem, use baby powder or talc which will stick to their gummy bodies.  They will not go through it, or, if they do, it will kill them eventually.  An inch of sand, the coarser the better, like a moat, the sharpness of the grains make it unpleasant to impassable for most slugs.  Copper bands apparently cause a shock to slugs.  This can be bought in a tape form at most garden centers.
  3. Boiling Water: In the very early spring pour boiling water along any hard edge that is in contact with the soil of the bed.  This would be like a sidewalk, fence or edging material including large stones or rocks.  This will kill the eggs.  This can be challenging if you have huge spaces that fit this definition.  Apply in areas where there is a lot of moisture or shade where you are having a serious snail colony problem.
  4. Egg Shells – Save your egg shells, break them up and add around the plants in your garden that are affected.  They will help cut their skin and they will tend to keep away from your plants.

 If your slug problems persist, drop into our garden center and pick up some slug bait to rid your garden of the nasty, slimy ones!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Free Gardening Seminars

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It's Spring!
At least in our Greenhouse it is!
The flowers are blooming,the plants are growing, the greenhouse feels like summer!
We are having FREE GARDENING SEMINARS all day Saturday April 13, 2013
We are quite booked already from our Garden Club Members - but bring a lawn chair and we wil make room for you!
A FREE LUNCH will also be served! I ordered extra food so we won't run out.
If you are planning on coming for sure send me a email to let me know at tjensen@mts.net
As a bonus all gardening supplies, outdoor containers, and giftware will be 15% OFF the regular price for the day!
So drop by.....visit our summer room....attend  some great gardening seminars....and Save money!
See you Saturday!
Tammy Jensen

Saturday April 13th Seminars
9:15 - Jan Pederson from Bylands Nursery
"What's New and Exciting for 2013" a sneak peak of exciting new shrubs and trees for 2013! Followed by a question and answer session with Jan!

10:15 - Michael Allen, M.Sc.F, R.P.F.
Consulting Urban Forester, Tree Diagnostician and I.S.A. Certified Arborist - Viburnum Tree Experts
What is wrong with my tree?
Find out why there is no simple answer to this question!
Find out what the O.O.A.D. Approach to Tree Problems is.

11:15 - Gregory Funk from Jensen Nursery
Pruning 101 - An interactive and entertaining seminar on proper pruning techniques

12:15 - FREE LUNCH!!!

1:00 - William Dowie | BA, Master Gardener, LEED-AP O+M
Independent Consultant / Engaged Citizen - Helping Community through Sustainability
It's Hip to be Square! A permaculture Viewpoint on Square Foot Gardening

2:00 - Arlene Wheeler from Jensen Nursery
Arlene's Spring Gardening Tips! New Products for 2013! Everything you need to know to get started in your yard this spring!

3:00 - William Dowie | BA, Master Gardener, LEED-AP O+M
Independent Consultant / Engaged Citizen - Helping Community through Sustainability
Sharpened your tools? Now sharpen your mind - tips and tricks to design and build your yard

OPEN THE ATTACHMENT ABOVE TO CHECK OUT WILLIAM DOWIE'S GREAT SEMINAR DAY OFFER FOR AT HOME CONSULTING!

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Thursday, April 04, 2013

The "Alex" Basket by Jennifer

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 Alex is one of my favourite girls.  She was diagnosed with bone cancer - Ewing's Sarcoma - about fifteen months ago.  What do you do?  You sew her a quilt, make her a couple of hats and you get her favourite popcorn sent from Chicago.  In November you find out that she won that battle. 
But in December she was diagnosed with Leukemia, cause by the chemotherapy treatment for the bone cancer.  Now what do you do?  You bring food to the hospital to feed the family.  And then you ask your boss if you can plant some hanging baskets containing only pink flowers.  And that's what we did.  They are starting to grow and by May they will be beautiful.  For every one we sell $5 will go towards cancer research.
 
Alex is still in hospital, but she is a fighter. In May, when the weather is warm and the snow is finally gone I will bring her an "Alex" basket.  I'm sure she will like it.  
 
It's just what you do.
 
Jennifer

 
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