Tuesday, August 08, 2017

How Gardening Improves Overall Wellness at Any Age

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Gardening is one of few activities that benefits people of all ages - from very young kids all the way up to the very old (and everyone in between). There’s really no age requirement or limit when it comes to gardening. No matter how old you are, there are plenty of reasons to get out and get planting. A well-rounded lesson for kids Kids can obviously benefit from the fruits of their labor, and getting out in the sun and getting some exercise is good for anyone at any age - but the biggest reason to get your kids involved in gardening is the constant opportunity for education it provides. “There is a myriad of scientific concepts you can discuss with your kids when planting and tending to a garden. One study showed that children who participated in gardening projects scored higher in science achievement than those who did not,” notes PBS. org Think about all the questions your kids will ask when you garden together. Why does the plant need water? Why does it need sun? Why do we water plants near the ground? How does it drink? Why do certain plants produce flowers and certain plants don’t? Why do we have to plant these plants every year? Every question your child asks is an opportunity for instruction. You kids will also learn weights and measures, basic geometry, and more math-related concepts in the garden. A break from everyday stress for adults One of the best benefits of gardening is its ability to help reduce stress in its practitioners. The stress-busting powers of gardening have been studied. One notable study pitted gardening against reading and used cortisol (stress hormone) levels and self-reporting on mood to judge participants’ levels of stress after 30 minutes of each activity. “Gardening and reading each led to decreases in cortisol during the recovery period, but decreases were significantly stronger in the gardening group. Positive mood was fully restored after gardening, but further deteriorated during reading,” notes the study. If you think about it, for busy adults with work and family obligations, how could gardening not serve as a big time stress reliever? Gardening lets you get out in the fresh air, away from the distractions of work emails, over-connectivity, and family stressors. And you can make your endeavors worthwhile and less stressful by checking out this guide. It’s a hobby that requires great care and nurturing, and one that produces beautiful, visible results. Gardening has pretty much everything required of a happiness gold mine. A way to stay physically and mentally sharp for seniors As we age, our opportunities for exercise diminish. Gardening is an activity that can provide moderate exercise opportunities in a safe, controlled environment. Think about all the things you do when gardening: squatting, lifting plants and rocks, removing debris, raking, digging, hoeing, etc. For seniors, gardening can be “strenuous” but safe exercise. Maybe even more important, however, are the mental benefits of gardening. Seniors need activities that stimulate their minds in order to help stave off cognitive decline. Gardening fits the bill. “A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease found that [gardening] can cut your risk of Alzheimer’s by 50 percent. Other research finds that horticulture therapy is very engaging for dementia patients and has a positive impact on their overall well-being,” says Rodale’s Organic Life blog. There are very few activities that provide both physical and mental stimulation, are simple enough for kids to do but complex enough to provide opportunities for education, and can be done with ease by anyone, at any age, including those with disabilities. Gardening is truly special in this way. Photo Credit: Tammy Jensen Author: Maria Cannon HobbyJr.orgSaveSave
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Starting Seeds Indoors


Seeding both indoors and out can be challenging at the best of times, but, with a few tricks and tips, you can be most successful!

If you are starting some of your vegetable or flower seeds indoors, it is not necessary to have an expensive “Grow Light” set-up.  An ordinary cool white Fluorescent light bulb will do (or a sunny spot in the house}.  The secret is to keep your seeds and seedlings as close to the light as possible.  This will give you a firm and stocky seedling rather than a spindly one that looks like it has been stretched and is reaching for the light.  If you are using Fluorescent bulbs, give them about 15 hours a day under the bulbs.  A sunny window will also work well, but, be careful not to let the seeds dry out. Keeping your seeds too moist or too dry will deter germination.  Drop into the garden centre for a “soil-less” mix growing medium that mainly consists of peat moss, vermiculite and perlite.  It is light, fluffy and easy to work with.  It also helps the seedlings form an excellent root system for transplanting.  The first thing to do is pre-moisten the mix with hot water and then fill your container with soil.  I often use a plastic muffin container or strawberry container.  They have a lid attached so it creates a little greenhouse – perfect for germinating seeds. There are many different containers you can use for planting seeds.  An ordinary margarine or other container will do, just cover the top with a saran wrap after planting or put into a light see through plastic bag like you would put fruit and vegetables in when you buy from a food store, to create the same “greenhouse” effect.  Other seeds don’t like to be transplanted so sow them directly into little peat pots so they can be planted directly into the soil.  Some seeds are like dust (like Begonia seed), so just tap them onto the soil from your hand.  Gently firm the soil and then cover.  I remember a number of years ago planting Lisianthus seed for the first time with a friend.  We got the giggles and at the end of the planting, we weren’t sure if we had scattered the seed in the container or on the floor!
You can also save toilet paper rolls and by making about 3 or 4 one inch slits from the bottom, you can turn them into little containers for planting out.  They will break down in the moist soil, just as the peat pots do, and will allow the roots to grow through without problem. Some plants such as cucumber, celosia and sweet peas don’t like to be transplanted so sow them directly into the peat pots.  Other plants such as alyssum and lobelia can be grown in rows without being transplanted to larger containers. Simply pull them apart in little bunches and plant them outside in the soil or into containers when you are ready to plant.
Mix a product called “No-Damp in a spray bottle and spray on top of the seeded containers.  It is an anti-fungus and will prevent your seedlings from falling over after they have germinated. Some seeds germinate best in light and others best in darkness. If your seeds prefer darkness, cover the container loosely with tin foil or even some newspaper to keep the light out.  Other seeds germinate best when merely pressed into the top of the soil so they are exposed to light. Make note of this when you are reading about different plant varieties.
Some seeds will germinate better and faster with a little bottom heat. A few warm spots in the house would be in an oven with the light on; on top of a Fluorescent fixture on a light stand or beside a heat register.
Once you have had some success in germinating seeds indoors, you will wonder why you haven’t tried it before.
If you have some seeds that have been collecting dust around your house for years and you are wondering if they are still viable, place your seeds into a jar and half-fill the jar with warm water.  The seeds that float to the top are not good.  Another way to test seed is to take some of the seeds and put into a wet paper towel and put into a sealed plastic bag.  If they are good for planting, they will be sprouting in no time!
Most vegetables, except for the root crops (beets, carrots potatoes and parsnips), can be started inside for earlier crops.  Vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, melons, leeks and Spanish onions should be started indoors early to insure you will have crops later.  Corn needs heat to germinate so if you start seeds indoors in small peat pots a few weeks before planting outdoors, you will get a great jump on an early crop. You will also have much earlier Lettuce if you start seeds indoors and just a tip – Lettuce likes it cool so plant the seedlings outside early.  They can endure a lot of cold!
Drop into our Garden Centre and pick up a few packages of seeds to try!  Growing seeds indoors is a lot of fun!

Stay tuned next time to find out what to do once your seedlings
 Arlene Wheeler
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Thanks for attending our Spring Seminars

I want to thank everyone who attended our Spring seminar day April14th, 2012. We had over 50 people over the course of the day! We all enjoyed the day very much!
Jennifer gave her first seminar - Gardening for Dummies! It was fun, humerous, and informative! Way to go Jennifer! We definitely will have to repeat that seminar!
Sue had a interesting discussion panel on all those nasty critters that lurk in your yards waiting to eat your plants!! Critter's Anomynous was a great success! Grant Dunn came and introduced some great new products. He went over all the products we carry for different garden concerns. Thanks Grant! We look forward to staff training next week. And Bill Dowie our resident Master Gardener gave 2 interesting seminars on 3D and 4D gardening.
 

ca.linkedin.com/in/williamdowie -Check our Bill's Profile

Now that the seminars are done we will be out setting up our tree, shrub, perennial, and display gardens outside. New stock starts arriving April 18th! With this weather we already have a waiting list going for trees as they come in the door! It is going to be a exciting spring! Drop by and check out what is new at Jensen's this spring!
Tammy
 
3D and 4D as presented by Bill Dowie -

William (Bill) Dowie BA, MCPM, LEED-AP (O+M)
Independent Environmental Consultant
Master Gardener Program Graduate
Guest Design Consultant

 3-D Gardening Designing to maximize all the Space in your yard and garden Many gardeners have the knowledge and skills to move vertically in their garden;

3-D gardening is so much more. Inter-spaces, nooks and crannies, cracks, edges, layers... these are key concepts to make your garden beautiful while increasing the amount of usable space – so you can plant all those varieties of flowers and vegetables you’ve been eyeing. Think you have run out of room? Wondering how to increase bio-diversity in your small yard? This first of two seminars will introduce you to spatial concepts of the space-time continuum you may have not have thought about.
Concepts Discussed…

shapes in space = x-y flat | z-vertical | beyond simple planar vertical
small cracks and openings have large volumes behind / under them
raised beds (bonus = 4-D benefits)
polar coordinates – vectors and angles in space
tree limbs and pruning – how you want the tree to grow in 20 years = where
micro-spaces in your yard (frost movement | solar gain | nooks and coziness)
plant size (intra / inter)
landscape ecology and edge
wildlife & naturalization – from the sub-basement to the penthouse
the underground world – The Douglas Fir = Mother Tree (“Smarty Plants” – NoT, CBC)
Jensen’s Nursery Spring Seminar Series


http://ca.linkedin.com/in/williamdowie
cwcdesigngroup@yahoo.ca
204-888-8012
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www.jensennursery.com/blog/post.cfm?Title=Free_Spring_Gardening_Seminars_-_April_14,_2012
William (Bill) Dowie BA, MCPM, LEED-AP (O+M)
Independent Environmental Consultant
Master Gardener Program Graduate
Guest Design Consultant

 4-D Gardening Thinking about the aspects of Time for your short and long-term garden plans Time is fleeting. As humans, we are caught in a linear perception of time passing second by second, year by year. In Nature, the concept of time is irrelevant. Nature is dictated by cycles – ebbs and flows of matter and energy. So how do we reconcile such philosophical ideas to make a beautiful garden? This seminar will explore the themes of legacy planting, time-framing your designs, plant succession, and the young-to-old transition of your human and animal visitors to your yard (that rabbit seems like it is 20 years old!). This second of two seminars will introduce you to the temporal concepts of the space-time continuum you may have not have thought about.

Concepts Discussed
time and space sometimes is the same thing (for us humans and social insects)
natural cycles v. human calendar (the time honored battle)
legacy – what stage in life are you at? Stakeholder needs and alignment
time scale – shifts with weather & climate (from seconds to centuries)
maintenance time scales = mowing | watering | weeding | dividing | pruning
intra / inter-seasonality | dormancy | active growing
critical timings – veggies and growth | blooming periods
when to plant / transplant
succession – from lawn to natural prairie to forest (if that’s what you want)
garden philosophy – time and space – just have fun (please)!
Jensen’s Nursery Spring Seminar Series
April 14th, 2012 (live, on location)
Welcome to the space-time continuum of gardening... What? This sounds like science fiction - something you would hear on The Big Bang Theory... but yes, even gardeners have to know about the multi-dimensions of the universe to make their gardens beautiful and sustainable... Intrigued?

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Friday, April 08, 2011

Chuck Manigione and the Greenhouse by Jen

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I am truly hopeful and optimistic that winter is over. In the car last night, driving my daughter to her piano lesson, we decided to listen to "Chuck" (Mangione). He had been introduced to my kids as a way of remembering my high school days.

It was a beautiful evening, still sunny, and we had the sun roof open. "Feel So Good" came on. It starts slow, like the music is just waking up. Now I start thinking about spring, warm sunshine and gardening. Nature is returning to all her glory. It's amazing how music can make connections.

Listen and see what it makes you think of. And....come by and visit us on Saturday. We have seminars and coffee. Stroll around the greenhouse. I will be there watering the flowers.



Jen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RID-gqSw85o&feature=related Click on this link to hear Chuck Manigione - Feel So Good!
Jen at Jensen Nursery and Garden Center
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Monday, March 14, 2011

Gardening Saturday this Saturday March 26, 2011 at CMU

The 4th Annual Gardening Saturday will take place on Saturday, March 26th (9 a.m - 4 p.m.) at the Canadian Mennonite University North Campus

One of the most anticipated springtime gardening events for Manitoba Gardeners, Gardening Saturday will have everything you need to get ready for the spring gardening season. This year's event features 19 workshops (theme Urban Farming), an exciting Tradeshow Area ($5 admission), and delicious food in our Eat Local Grow Local Food Market.


Guest Speaker Des Kennedy
Garden Artistry: A "how to" look at the use of art works and "artistic touches" in the gardens of Ireland, New Zealand, England and China. Tickets to the keynote presentation are only $25.00 and include admission to the Trade Show.
Workshops
Register for your choice of workshops: only $10.00 per workshop. Any workshop registration includes admission to the Trade Show.
Become a Friends Member and receive a 10% discount on
keynote presentation and workshops.


Gardening Saturday Workshops


Want to learn more about gardening? Gardening Saturday's workshop presenters are local experts who will show you everything you want to know. Workshops are designed to appeal to both novice and experienced gardeners. Each workshop is 45 minutes in length and affordably priced at only $10.00 with a discount being offered for Friend's Members. Workshop registrations include admission to the trade show.


1. Landscaping: "The Wow Factor", Charlotte Tataryn. Charlotte Tataryn, Landscape and Interior Designer, Charlotte's Place, is back by popular demand to talk about the basics of landscaping: learn how to make the best of what already exists and how to get the ' wow factor ' affordably.


2. Starting a New Garden Bed, Susan LeBlanc. Wondering where to begin? Susan LeBlanc, experienced gardening enthusiast, will cover the basics from soil preparation and amendment as well as an interesting look at past and present schools of thought.


3. Chickens for WinnipEGGers, Darby & Kara Jones, of Chickens for WinnipEGGers. Urban chickens catch your fancy? The presenters will guide you through a practical approach towards the growing trend in North America of keeping a few hens in your own backyard.


4. Get to Know our Native Grasses, Shirley Froehlich. Come and see how beautiful and versatile they are and how to use them in your garden. Some nice combinations with our Manitoba wildflowers will also be shown and discussed


5. Attracting Birds to your Yard, Sherrie Versluis. Attracting Birds to your Yard Sherrie Versluis Sherrie Versluis of The Preferred Perch tells us how to attract birds to our gardens. After all, what is a garden without birdsong, or the flutter of wings.


6. Herbs, Dave Hanson. Fragrant, tasty, home grown and organic! Herbs are one of the best choices for urban organic gardens, adapting easily to containers and beds of all shapes and sizes. Dave Hanson, owner of Sage Garden Herbs, will show you how to grow a bumper crop of herbs to complement your kitchen garden, leveraging the advantages of all natural growing techniques and the value of intermingling and diversity in the landscape.


7. Container gardens for balconies and small spaces, Jim Beckta . Jim Beckta has been involved in creating lush, beautiful gardens in the smallest of spaces. From container options to raised beds, everyone can have their very own garden!


8. Gardening with Children and Youth, Jeannette Adams Master Gardener . Jeannette Adams will pique the curiosity of our youngest gardeners with tips on getting started in gardening. Parents will enjoy learning how to inspire children to garden at home as well as information on gardening with community organizations and schools.


9. All About Lilies, John Rempel . A household name in Manitoba`s gardening community, John Rempel will talk about new and different varieties, cultivation and propagation as well as an overview of the spread of the red lily beetle.


10. Panel Discussion "What’s New, What’s Hot", Joanne Jones (Growing Pleasures); Erna Wiebe (Oakridge Garden Centre, Steinbach); and Chad Labbe (Shelmerdine Garden Center); Richard Zelke (Cook's Greenhouses) and Ken Land (St Mary's Nursery and Garden Center). Panelists will discuss the newest and latest trends in gardening and all of the exciting new choices awaiting you at the garden centers this spring. Joanne Kelly, Host/Producer Shaw TV will moderate the panel discussion. Sponsored by Bylands Nurseries.


11. Irresistible Irises, Barbara Jean Jackson Master Gardener . Barbara Jean Jackson, Brandon MB. is a Mater Gardener and member of the CanWest Iris Society. This presentation will look at many different varieties of the beautiful Iris species and how to grow them successfully in the prairie garden. Attendees will also take a pictorial walk through Barbara Jean's iris gardens in Brandon.


12. Covering Lots of Ground , Linda Dietrick. Using slides, Presenter Linda Dietrick explores over fifty hardy ground covers for our region. Every gardener has a problem area. Linda suggests solutions for sun and shade, moist soil and dry.


13. Plants for the (Small) Home Landscape, Susan Jensen Stubbe of Jensen's Nursery & Garden Center . Oversized plants taking over your landscape? Susan will recommend which perennials, shrubs and trees are suitable for the smaller landscape and which ones to avoid.


14. Drainage Problems? Create a Rain Garden!, Jodi Goerzen from the Seine-Rat River Conservation District and Chris Maxemuck from C & S Country Gardens. A rain garden is a colourful, perennial planting within a shallow depression that is designed to capture and use rain water that may otherwise run off. This presentation will include discussion of rain garden theory and a demonstration rain garden at C & S Country Gardens being used as a case study.


15. How to Can and Preserve Your Garden Harvest, Judy Schwartz. Jellies, pickles, chutneys, anyone? And don’t forget the tomatoes! Judy will provide information on how to preserve the produce from your garden.


16. Caring for Fruit Trees, Mike Allen. Fruit trees are all the rage. With many new and interesting varieties available to be grown on the prairies, Mike Allen, respected Arborist and owner of Viburnum Trees Experts will explore the topic of fruit tree maintenance.


17. Creating Edible Urban Spaces, Urban Eatin. The experts at Urban Eatin Gardeners Co-op know all about creating vegetable gardens. Want to be part of a co-op? They can tell you everything you need to know!


18. Propogation, Karen Loewen . A fast and easy way to expand your garden affordably. Learn how to propagate your perennials, trees and shrubs with Master Gardener Karen Loewen.


19. Container Gardening, Sharlene Nielsen. Observe Sharlene in action as she provides instruction to 10 participants, who will be creating their own Spring Garden containers in front of you


Workshop Information 2011 Gardening Saturday Registration Form


Please consider lending your time and talents to Gardening Saturday by volunteering . Volunteers receive free admission - we have many interesting opportunities to connect with other gardeners, assist in workshops or in the Trade Show/Food Market areas

If you would like to volunteer,
please contact Helene Fairbanks at 895-4560, execdir@mts.net  OR CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


Hope to see you all there!!
Tammy & Sue!

 Jensen Nursery and Garden Center
2550 McGillivray Blvd
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(204)488-5042

MARCH HOURS: Monday to Friday 10am -4pm






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