Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring is here!

 Wow….I think Spring is finally here! The chill in the air is gone and the sun feels very warm. Our greenhouse is incredible right now, blooms and leaves everywhere.The first shipment of trees and shrubs came in today.One of the new hydrangeas appeared - Sweet Summer, and a new weigela - Sonic Bloom!  
At this time of year it is important to start watching your trees or shrubs for the first signs of spring. When the plant is still dormant and the leaf buds do not show any sign of green, it is time to use Dormant Oil. It is a spray that you mix yourself, using Horticultural oil and Lime Sulphur. It can be used when the temperature stays above freezing for 24 hours. This product will control insects - scale and aphids, and treats apple scab and powdery mildew.It works by smothering the insect or egg, or poisoning them. It will not harm benifcial insects because of the time of year that it is used. Those insects are just not around. Dormant oil works best on fruit trees, roses, high bush cranberry and snowball viburnum. For roses, you can spray the soil to control powdery mildew and black spot. For all shrubs and trees, start spraying from the top and completely drench all the branches and stems. I have used it at my own house on my snowball bushes with great success.It is important to remember that it may damage Amur maple, cedars and junipers. Colorado Blue Spruce can become discoloured. If you use it after the leaf buds are green, those leaves will either die or the edges will turn black. But for the plants mentioned above it is like a miracle spray.I hope you will consider giving this wonderful product a try.
Jennifer
 
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Oh No My Evergreens look brown!

 As the snow recedes and we are spending more and more time outside we are starting to see what the winter has done to our yards.  One of the first signs of how tough the winter has been is the color of our evergreens.  A lot of the cedars, spruce and pines around the city are a lovely shade of brown.  Most people’s first reaction is that the plant is dead.  This is most likely not the case.  The buds for this years growth will still be alive, they are just waiting for some heat to start growing.  Once the new growth flushes out it will cover up the brown needles .  To help the process along you need to start fertilizing and watering your evergreens as soon as the snow is gone.   A fertilizer that is high in Nitrogen ( the first number on the formula) is the best.  Miracle Gro  water soluble Evergreen and Acid Loving Plant Food is an excellent source of nitrogen with a formula of 28-10-10.  In a typical watering can ( 2 gallon) you add 2 tablespoons of fertilizer.  Soak the soil that is around the plant to feed the roots.  For best results apply the fertilizer every two weeks throughout May and June.  As for watering, a deep watering every week unless it rains.

 

Susan Jensen Stubbe

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring Fling Seminars

 Well..I think Spring has decided to show it's face finally! This Saturday April 12th we are having our annual Spring Fling Free Seminar Day! We have filled up most of the seats already! There might be a seat or two left! Feel free to drop in for any seminar...just please bring a lawn chair along! We also will be having a 35% off sale on all gnomes and dwarfs for the day! Praire Garden books will also be on special! We actually now have almost a complete collection, some as far back as the late 70's! They will be on sale for $3-$13 depending on the year! So stock up on a Gardening book written by Prairie Authors about gardening on the Prairies!
Everything else in our store and greenhouse will be on sale at 15% OFF for one day only! Any plants purchased MUST be taken home with you!
Here is the list of seminars we are offering!!!

9:15: Jan Pederson from Bylands Nursery – What’s New for 2014!

 Jan will talk about new trees, shrubs, perennials, and edibles for landscaping in Winnipeg. He will also talk about some not new, but very interesting varieties. To be followed by a question/answer session with Jan!

10:15: Grant Dunn – Eddi’s Wholesale products – Spring Lawn & Plant Care

After a long cold winter your yard will need a bit of help. Grant will talk about all the products you can use to help your lawn and yard.

11:15: Arlene Ortiz (Wheeler) and Susan Jensen Stubbe - Got Questions?

A great chance to get the answers to all your gardening questions. Bring a notepad with all your questions! This will be a casual, fun and informative session.

12:15: FREE LUNCH!!!

 1:30: Michael Allen, M.Sc.F, R.P.F. – All About Bugs!
Consulting Urban Forester, Tree Diagnostician and I.S.A. Certified Arborist - Viburnum Tree Experts

Michael is going to talk about what to do about all those creepy crawly bugs that affect our trees, shrubs and lawns.

2:30 Jennifer Fletcher and Arlene Ortiz – All about Hydrangeas!

Join us to learn about the three types of hydrangeas and how you can better care for them.  Find out what new types are coming in and why you will want to include them in your garden.  
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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Thank you for attending Gardening Saturday!

 What a great day on Gardening Saturday! Lovely to see everyone. Especially this year…. it felt like the kickoff to Spring. And as I am writing this, I am thinking that Winnipeg will be missed by this blizzard that they are forecasting.! I thought it would be helpful to the people that stopped by our booth on Saturday if I tried to better answer the “Most Asked Questions”. So here goes:!
 
Dahlias - There are many types that differ by size of bloom, style of bloom and height of plant. So many that I can’t even begin to name them here. Tubers are readily available right now andcan be planted indoors about one month ahead of being transferred outside. Or they can be started in the ground at the end of May. They like part to full sun and would not like to be overwatered. You can also pinch off some of the blooms on each plant to encourage theflowers left to put on a better show. But, best of all, they are low on the favourite foods list for Deer!!
 
 Jerusalem Artichokes - They are not traditional Artichokes. Instead, it is a root vegetable thatJamie Oliver likes to cook. Plant in full sun as early as possible, while still avoiding frost. They need a long growing season. The plants will get quite large and be quite prolific. If any tubers are left behind at harvesting time, they might show up again next year. Check out recipes on Jamie Oliver’s site. !
 
Fairy Gardens - Well…….the new trend for the season. We have tiny everything at work right now. But I think you should hurry in as they are going to go fast. Little gnomes with little furniture and little plants. You can create these in a pot or in a special place in your garden. But they are so tiny, that “Giant Winnipeg Bunnies” might come along and wipe them out. Myfavourite place for ideas is Pinterest. Here’s the link.!
 
 
 Well off to work now, I think I have to help clean the greenhouse today. See you soon.!
 
Jennifer 
 
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