Thursday, October 03, 2019

Fall Yard Care Products

 Fall Product Highlights
 
Claybuster
 
Is a combination of calcium, sulphur and humic acid that will break up heavy clay particles present in soils, 
allowing roots of plants to seek out rich nutrients that are usually abundant in such soils.  One bag will cover 1000 sq feet.
 
Peat Moss
Adding 1-2 inch of peat moss to your flowers bed will increase the soil’s water retention, improve the soil structure and promote good drainage.  
Peat moss does not contain many nutrients, but it will improve you soils nutrient retention ability.
 
Peat moss can also be used cover your tender perennial and shrubs, such as some hydrangea varieties and roses.
 
 
Manure or Compost 
In addition to adding peat moss to the beds, manure and compost are also an excellent amendment.  These products will add nutrients to the soil.  
This will in turn promote good root and plant growth next spring. 
 
In total you can apply 1-2 inches of materials on top of your existing soil.  Once applied it is a good idea to till or turn the soil to mix the 
amendments with the existing soils.
 
Turkey Trott
Turkey Trott is a granular, organic fertilizer that will build up in your soil, improving it year by year.  
It can be used in gardens, flower beds and on the lawn.  A little goes a long way. A 10 kg bag is equal to one cubic yard of manure.
 
 
GARDENSTRAW
Come 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.  
And because the seeds have been removed GARDENSTRAW does not attract rodents.  Garden straw can then be tilled into the soil next spring adding 
nutrients and aeration.  
Garden Straw can also be left on top of the soil all season long.  It will help keep weeds from germinating.  It will help keep the soil cool and 
moist in the hot summer. 
 
GARDENSTRAW can also be used when seeding an area.  A thin layer of straw will help keep grass seed in place, keep the soil moist and protected from harsh
winter conditions.
 
GARDENSTRAW is a clean alternative to peat moss for covering your tender plants.
 
Skoot
As the leaves turn and start falling and the grass gets covered with snow, your friendly neighbourhood deer, rabbits, voles and other critters start
seeing your plants as their next buffet. It is very important to protect your plants.  Especially frit trees and shrubs and cedars.  Although animals will 
eat almost any type of plant if they are hungry enough.  
 
Skoot is a repellent that was developed to taste bad to the animals, after one taste they won't come back for more.  It is can be 
applied  once the trees and shrubs are dormant.  But before it gets below zero during the day time.
 
You can apply Skoot by painting the undiluted product directly on the bark or by diluting it with equal parts of water and 
spraying it on the plants using a pump sprayer.  This is the easiest way by far.
For shrubs, you want to apply a light spray of Skoot starting at the base of the plant and going approximately four to five feet high.
You have to picture how high up can a rabbit reach when it is sitting on top of the snow in mid winter.  
 
For trees you want a light spray on all sides of the trunk and on the lower branches again in the 4-5 ft range.  Make sure that you get 
all sides of the trunk.  
 
SKOOT Repellent for Rabbits, Mice and Deer concentrate when applied, will protect on an 
average the following number of plants, according to size: 
 
 Age Approx. Height Trees/litre 
 
 1yr. 0.3-0.5 metres 250-400 
 2yr. 0.5-1.0 metres 125-200 
 3yr. 1.0-2.0 metres 60-100 
 4yr. 1.0-2.5 metres 40-60 
 5yr. 2.0-4.0 metres 20-40
 
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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Making Kombucha Tea

We had a awesome seminar on September 14th on how to make Kombucha tea. For more information here is Joanne's contact information. 
 
Joanne Single 
Sipology Consultant 
204-791-4689
kjams@shaw.ca
 
To make Kombucha, use clean equipment (dishwasher/boiling water) and clean hands.
 
You need:
-1 SCOBY with starter liquid (can be ordered from Joanne)
-7-8 tea bags (plain black tea or green tea)
 
-1 cup natural cane sugar
-6 cups boiling water
-6 cups cool water
 
Pour 6 cups boiling water, 8 tea bags and 1 cup sugar in glass jar.   Stir until sugar is dissolved.  Allow tea to steep all day or overnight.  Remove tea bags and add remaining 6 cups cold water.  
Add your SCOBY with the starter liquid from the package.


Let sit at room temperature with tea towel and elastic band to cover, for a maximum of one week.  Any longer and kombucha will start to taste like vinegar.
 

























After 1 week, take SCOBY out and put in glass bowl with 1 cup liquid (starter liquid for next batch).  Strain kombucha from gallon jar into pitchers.  
You can drink the kombucha at this point or do a second fermentation.  If you are done at this point keep it in fridge in sealed bottles.  
 
New first fermentation:
Make new batch as before with SCOBY from glass bowl and 1 cup of reserved (starter) liquid.
 
Second fermentation:
Strain Kombucha(without SCOBY) in another gallon jar for 3 to 4 days with flavouring.  Leave in warm place with sealed lid.  Not a tea towel.  Once it is done
bottle and refrigerate.
 
 
Flavourings:
-sprig of fresh herb
-handful of fruit - apple, pear, orange
-1-2” piece of peeled fresh ginger, sliced.
 
 
Important: Never put Kombucha with SCOBY in refrigerator. Never put your SCOBY in a plastic or metal container.  SCOBYs do not like the cold.  And remember that Jensen’s Nursery sells all types of fruit trees and shrubs so you can have your own Kombucha factory!!!
 
 
 
Jennifer - Jensen’s Nursery
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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

FREE FALL SEMINAR DAY!

 2019 FALL SEMINAR DAY – SEPTEMBER 14TH 
FREE DRAWS – FREE LUNCH – SPECIAL DEALS!
 
9:00- 9:15 Free Coffee & light snack. 
 
9:15 – 10:15        Joanne Single - “Making Kombucha Tea”
 How to make Kombucha: what is required to make the first fermentation and how to flavor the second fermentation with fresh fruit & herbs.
Joanne Single has lived in the neighbourhood for 29 years. She loves cooking, baking, canning, sewing, gardening; basically, anything domestic. She has been making homemade Kombucha for two years and would love to share her knowledge of making Kombucha.
 
10:30 – 11:30 Greg Funk – CSI Landscaping – “Fall Pruning” 
Is your yard looking a little overgrown? Are some plants looking a bit rough with the dry summer? You may not be able to get out and prune that 40’high tree in your yard, but shrubs and smaller trees can easily be done! Greg will demonstrate how to prune roses, shrubs & smaller manageable trees! Join Greg in his fun interactive pruning seminar!   
 
11:45 – 12:45 Free Lunch
 
1:00 – 2:00 Featured Speaker: Colleen Zacharias – “Alaska Grown Peonies”
 
Be prepared for Colleen's presentation on her trip to the Alaska peony farms. She has amazing photos and stories to tell about the Alaska peony industry (whose growth is nothing short of meteoric), visits to peony farms (all of which grow on steep hillsides), and then there are the fascinating stories of the individual growers who are all first-generation peony farmers -- they started their farms in the last 10 years and today ship their cut flowers to destinations around the world. 
 
2:15 - 3:15      Indoor Planting Workshop! House Plants, Herbs & Succulents 
 
Cost - Just pay for what you buy! Buy a pot or bring a pot, add your plants, soil and decor! Herbs are specially priced at only $2.69. All other succulents & houseplants will be specially priced at 25% off the regular price! New pots & miniature décor will also be specially priced at 25% off the regular price! Soil is free for pots 6” and under! For larger pots it is only 85 cents a large scoop!
 
Email tammy@jensennursery.com to register. Please specify full day or list individual seminars attending. Also confirm if you are attending the planting workshop and the free lunch. 
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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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