Monday, September 14, 2020

Fall Gardening Tips and Tricks

Fall is an especially important time for your gardens.  It is a great time to make changes and take a few steps that will ensure your garden looks great next spring.  Throughout September and October, the soil’s temperature is still warm enough that transplanted and newly planted plants can still establish themselves.  
It is a great time to add some more color to your garden or containers.  Annual Fall Chrysanthemums are an excellent way to add some color to those annual areas that are looking tired.
 
Now is the time to relocate plants that are in the wrong spot.  If that perennial is hidden in the back behind everything else, move it up front where it can be seen.  Are your Hostas in too much sun? Or a rose bush in too much shade?  Now is the time to move them.  When transplanting plants, it is a great idea to apply Myke Root Supplement around the roots.  This will give them an extra boost.
Perennials should be divided when they are overgrown.  Dividing a perennial when it is not doing well will result in poor establishment.  Some perennials will start to die out in the center of the mass.  This is a sure sign it is time to divide.  This is quite common among grasses, irises and sedum.  Most perennials can be divided in fall or spring. As a rule of thumb divide spring and early summer flowering varieties in the fall and fall flowering varieties in the spring.  If you are willing to sacrifice some blooms you can divide most fall flowering varieties now.
 
 The following is a brief outline of how to divide your perennials.
* Dig out the perennial in question using a spade, at the plant’s drip line - where the leaves end.
* Clean off the larger chunks of soil, looking for insects and signs of disease.
* Using a sharp knife (an old steak knife works great) cut the perennials into several divisions.  Each new plant should contain two to four eyes (new buds).  
  This will give you a nice size plant in the spring.
* Now replant the new sections.  Adding some organic matter such as peat moss and manure around the new plants is an excellent idea, as well as using Myke
Root Supplement
* Water the plants thoroughly once planted.
 
Fall is an excellent time to plant new shrubs, trees and perennials.  The temperatures are not as extreme as they are in the summer months.  This will allow for less transplant shock.  Again, using Myke's Root Supplement is very beneficial with new plantings.  
September and October are the best months to clean up the shrub beds and add amendments to the soil.  This will help get them ready for spring.  Keeping shrub beds and gardens free of weeds will limit the number of seeds and roots that will over winter and start growing next spring.  Also having a clean shrub beds and gardens will reduce the number of pests and diseases that will over winter. 
In late October it is essential to mulch your perennials and shrubs.  This will help them over winter.  We suggest the use of GARDEN STRAW.  This comes as a clean, weed, pest and disease-free product.  It will help protect those tender perennials as well as keep moisture in the ground.  
It is also essential to protect your plant from wildlife.  Bunnies, deer and mice love to feed on your shrubs and trees over winter.  This can severely damage or even kill some plants.  For example, an apple tree that has been chewed around the trunk will not regrow in the spring.  One of the best methods of protecting your trees and shrubs is to apply SKOOT in late fall. (available in October)  This is a repellent that will repel deer and rabbits.  Skoot can be applied to trees, shrubs, and evergreens.  Remember to spray high enough to account for the winter’s snow fall.  As an extra measure using one or two tree guards around a tree’s trunk is also recommended. 
 
Finally, remember to clean out your annual containers in late fall to remove some of the soil, to prepare for a winter arrangement.  This will allow you to place a winter arrangement insert into the pot.   In early November we switch out our front door décor to winter arrangements.   Removing approximately 15” soil from the pot easily allows you to place an insert into the pot.  Using an insert allows you to make your arrangement in the comfort of your house or pick up one of our custom-made pots.
Best Wishes & Happy Fall
 
Susan Jensen Stubbe
Jensen Nursery and Garden Center.
 
 
 
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Monday, June 17, 2019

Happy Gardening

 I recently read  that more than 75 per cent of gardeners feel a sense of accomplishment when tending to their gardens, while 70 per cent say gardening makes them feel calm and relaxed.
 
Sooo, grab your gardening gloves and step outdoors this spring.
 
Add some hardscaping; like boulders, a picket or rustic fence, or arbour.
Add vintage garden accessories; a focal point;  a planter, an old wagon, arches or arbours.
Add a path through the garden; makes it look welcoming and easier to maintain
Add a water feature and or lighting;   solar .... check out these cool new pots in our shop “DESERT “ Pots
Add some drought tolerant annuals as they survive hot & dry conditions like; Zinnias, Periwinkle, Cosmos, Petunias, Sunflowers, Salvia, Celosia.  
Add some low-maintenance perennial as they require little care except for removing dead branches in fall or early next spring,  such as Daylilies-Stella de Oro;  Hostas - king of shade;  Shasta Daisy, Purple Coneflower or Echinacea,  Lavender or Russian Sage,  White Spirea;   
Ornamental grasses are a great addition, soft plumes floating in the slightest breeze. For a medium-sized grass, consider Flame Grass, for taller Karl Forrester. 
Rudbeckia or Black-Eyed Susans, take over the landscape when other flowers are done for the summer. They will bloom in summer through fall and their bright yellow color are noticeable from quite a distance. 

Happy Gardening & remember JUST ask!
hanging baskets, outdoor flower containers on sale
 




 
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Saturday, June 08, 2019

Cottage Gardens

 “Cottage Garden” style is relaxed, colorful, scented, fun and almost no rules should apply, whimsy.  The best thing about cottage gardens, .. there is always room to squeeze more plants in - use hanging baskets & window boxes.
 
Tips for Creating a Cottage Garden
 
Keep it small,  lol.
You need a good mix of plants, native plants  / sturdy plants / deer & rabbit resistance.
Avoid straight lines, gardens & paths should be winding.
Start by planting large clumps of like flowers/plants.  Tulips, daisies, allium, coneflowers, sage …
Repeat both plants and colors, to create a flow and harmony.
Tall plants add archetypal (spikes); scatter liberally through the borders; hollyhock, lupins, foxglove, wisteria, catmint, delphinium, phlox, grasses. 
Invest in Good Soil
Water source via soaker hose, rain barrels, ?   .... check out these cool new pots in our shop “DESERT “ Pots  

The right plant in the right place -  aka full shade .. to full sun etc.,
Select sturdy garden plants, spring-flowering bulbs, purple coneflower, Irises, wild indigo,  Stella d’oro or happy returns daylilies, asters, Russian sage, an old fashion rose climber, peonies…, for foliage interest try blue fescue, lambs ear,
Don't forget scents, honeysuckles, roses, peonies, rosemary, mock-orange  and lavender.
 Create a special place to sit and enjoy the garden.  
Need help ASK US, … 
 
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sweet Potato Slips

Time to Order your Sweet Potato slips!
Sweet Potato slips
 
Now taking pre-orders!
Want to know more about growing Sweet Potatoes?
Go to Winnipeg Sweet Potato website for more information.

Arriving May 11th or earlier.

Pricing
- single slips - $4.00  
Pre-order discount - $3.75 (order by April 29th)
- 6 slips - $20.00
Pre-order discount - $18.75 (order by April 29th)

Ordering 
- online at jensennurserygiftshop.com
- call 204-488-5042
- email tammy@jensennursery.com 
 
 
We will contact everyone who orders in advance to let you know when they will arrive.  We are also going to have Tiffany Grenkow from Winnipeg Sweet Potato come by in May and do a live planting demostration.  Details of this will follow when we confirm a date.

sweet potatoes
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring is in the air!

 Spring is here hopefully to stay! It's too early to get out and plant shrubs and trees. You need to let the ground thaw. It is a good time to plant some onions...they can handle some frost. We will have onions and potatoes in on friday! It is also a great time to get out and clean up your yard. I like to amend my soil this time of year. Worm castings, Turkey trot or clay buster can be added to your beds now. I also like to sprinkle turkey trot over the entire lawn to give it a boost. If you have questions about your spring cleanup...drop in and talk to our staff for Succulents, spring plants, plant indoors, trendy plants, Jensen Nursery some advice. We are here to help you with all your spring gardening needs. 
If you really want to get planting we have succulents and herbs you can grow indoors. Once it warms up usually the end of May...you can transfer your treasures outdoors. I like to keep a few herbs going in the kitchen window for the beautiful aroma and easy access! Drop by today we are looking forward to your visit! Send us a quick email if you would like to be added to our email list. You will get gardening advice and advance notice of special events and sales. Email - info@jensennursery.com 

Cheers!
The Jensen family and staff.



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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Seedy Saturday at CMU Saturday February 14th

 Share seeds with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day - Winnipeg Seedy Saturday is a chance to share food and a love of gardening with your Valentine this February 14. 
 
Winnipeg, Manitoba – February 9th 2015 – It may be cold now, but spring is just around the corner and for gardeners that means the beginning of a new season of planning, planting, tending, harvesting and preserving. And while there is much to think about, it all begins with a seed. 
 
The 15th annual Winnipeg Seedy Saturday will be held on February 14th from 10am-3pm at Canadian Mennonite University (600 Shaftesbury Blvd). Entrance fee will be by donation. The collaborative event put on by Seeds of Diversity Canada, Winnipeg Community Garden Network, The Friends of Gardens Manitoba, USC Canada, and CMU Farm is one of hundreds of similar events taking place across Canada every spring. 
 
Regardless if you are a farmer, avid gardener, less-than-mediocre plant tender, or just an interested, everyday citizen, this gathering is for you! Heritage, local, and open-pollinated seed varieties will available for sale or trade, while a film and workshops on seed saving and sharing knowledge will round out the day. Seeds are the promise of new life, of spring, the bounty to come, and change. World-renowned physicist and activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva, explains the power of seed by saying, “We need to decentralize our food system, and if we need to decentralize our food system, decentralize seed provisioning. Seed sovereignty must become very central to food sovereignty”.
 
When Laura-Lynne and Jordan were married they chose to incorporate seeds into their wedding ceremony. During the ceremony, they planted the three sisters - corn, beans, and squash as a symbol of their love. When you plant the three sisters together they support each other interdependently. The beans fix nitrogen in the soil for the corn, and the corn acts as a trellis for the beans to climb up. The squash acts as a ground cover to prevent weeds and retain moisture, supporting all three plants. This symbolism is carried into their relationship as they hope to grow together as unique individuals and on a shared journey, a journey that includes their community. They write that, “We chose to plant the three sisters because with our marriage we 'planted a seed' and started a new chapter in our lives, and wanted to symbolize it in a new way that honoured our new connection to each other.”
 
Schedule is as follows:
10:30 – Basic Seed Saving with Prairie Garden Seeds
11:30 – Building a Seedy Library in Manitoba
12:30 – Seeds and Farmer’s Rights to Protect Seeds
1:30   - Film: Open Sesame
 
For more information visit:
www.winnipegseedysaturday.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/WinnipegSeedySaturday 
 
Or contact:
winnipegseedysaturday@gmail.com 
Kenton Lobe and Julia Laforge
 
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Thursday, April 07, 2011

Free Gardening Seminar

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The snow is melting, the sun is shining, and the tulips are poking through the soil! What a perfect time for a Gardening Seminar! We have just a few spots open! The seminar is this Saturday April 9, 2011. It will be held at Jensen Nursery and Garden Center at 2550 McGillivray Blvd, Winnnipeg, Manitoba. The seminars are at 11am, 12 noon, and 1 pm. I have include a PDF  attachment detailing the 11am seminar and I will be doing the noon seminar. The 1pm seminar will be a followup to the 11am seminar. If you would like a PDF of that file email me(tammy@jensennursery.com) and I will send it to you. Yikes! My first seminar! I will be showing you a selection of our new annuals and perennials for spring! Yes you get to see plants and flowers! (not just pictures) After the seminars are over you are welcome to go through the greenhouse and feel the heat, smell, and see all the flowers! It is most theraputic after a long cold snowy winter! Email me if you wish to attend at tammy@jensennursery.com.  I do have limited spots left though.As a bonus for everyone attending there will be a 15% discount on everything in the store. What better time to stock up on your gardening supplies for spring! Happy Spring! Tammy Jensen
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