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  • 09 Oct 2017 11:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to the brand new Gardens Manitoba website. Much like how we clean our garden spaces in the fall, we figured our online garden could use a tidy as well. Some pages have gone into the compost pile, others have been re-potted, some are bulbs which will flower later.

    Plant analogies aside, we still have some exciting things to come for our site as we seek to have more interaction with our members, the public and vendor supporters. In that vein, look for an update about our legacy greenhouse project at CMU, an announcement of a new media initiative very soon, and at least a couple of more we can't quite even mention yet.

    This is all a part of our goal to make Gardens Manitoba a community and THE destination for all things northern and short-season gardening.

    Let us know how we are doing, feedback is always welcome email us at info@gardensmanitoba.com.


  • 16 May 2017 8:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Happy Mother’s Day! We hope you spoiled the moms in your life and enjoyed the beautiful weather. As always, we hosted our Mother’s Day Plant Sale and it was great to see so many familiar faces! We changed venues this year and hosted the event at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre. We had more space, more plants and more customers too.

     

     From perennials, hanging baskets and succulents, to a variety of fruit and vegetable plants, to many beautiful rose bushes, including the award-winning blooms of David Austin — the plant sale had a little something for every type of gardener.


    Check out the photos below that we snapped throughout the weekend!



     



     













    Thanks to everyone who stopped by and supported Gardens Manitoba! The sales from our Mother’s Day Plant Sale help us host great workshops and events for all our members. And a special thank-you to our amazing volunteers. We could not do what we do without you.


    Check out the event’s page to see what we’re up to next!


  • 10 Nov 2014 2:35 PM | Anonymous

    This weekend I set up the winter gardening project, and moved some plants under the lights. This is an experiment. I'm using online resources from other folks who care for plants under LED lights.


    At the moment I have a very crowded couple of trays under one metre of LED lights on a flexible ribbon or strip. The strip is designed to be a grow light, and has eight red for every blue LED, with 60 LED lights/metre. The light strip uses 12 Volt DC and draws approximately 14 watts. I have a second strip which I will need to install soon, give the amount or growth I've noticed in just 48 hours. I'm also making arrangements to purchase additional lighting; two more one metre strips, but with five red for each blue, and LEDs that are placed on a 0.5 metre solid metal strip.


    As I said this is an experiment, I'm relying heavily on online resources to glean from the experiences of others. 


    My trays are a home to several dozen kale plants, half a dozen spinach plants and a variety of brassicas (Bok Choy and Chinese Cabbage).



    winter project 1_1winter project 1_2





  • 24 Sep 2014 8:42 AM | Anonymous

    A fellow gardener sent me a CBC news video the other day that presented the story of a couple of entrepreneurs in Cornwall, Ontario who grow veggies in a shipping container using hydroponic lighting. Their company is called Smart Greens. They grow about 3,600 plants in about 300 square metres of space, and ship 200 to 300 packages of kale, spinach and basil each week to local restaurants. (watch CBC video)




    shipping container farm

    inside the shipping container farm


    The lighting comes high efficiency LED strip lights, which are super cheap. So that's my winter gardening project. Normally I start growing sprouts about this time of the year and eat them regularly through the winter because philosophically I refuse to participate in the game that presents "fresh" veggies from 1/3 of the way around the world in the winter months. I love sprouts, and use them in lots of different ways, but they're small and limited in my cuisine.


    My winter gardening project will be patterned on what I've seen in the news story. I'll try growing veggies in trays on the horizontal and I'll try growing them in soil tubes on the vertical with plants growing out at the perpendicular with water coming from a drip irrigation system.

  • 23 Jun 2014 12:14 PM | Anonymous
    Sprouting in the compost

    Anyone who knows me can tell you can tell you I'm a squash fiend. I love them. We eat them all the time, which is handy cause we put 150 of them in the basement last fall. The one depicted here is the tenth squash that remains.

    This particular pumpkin was getting soft on the bottom, so I cut into it and another (two 2013 pumpkins remain intact). It was soft because it was host to dozens of six inch pumpkin sprouts. I ate most of them but left three rooted in the shell, which I then pitched into the compost pile.

    Pumpkins and squashes generally have a successful formula to ensure their continuation. I'm always amazed at how successfully they exploit the environment, how prolific they are, and now upon seeing that they produce their own seed-nurture environment. I've seen seeds sprouting in other pulps like apples, tomatoes and potatoes.

    Nature is so amazing!
  • 26 Feb 2014 10:14 AM | Anonymous
    Thank you for stopping by our display at Growing Local Conference 2014

    Getting the seeds started!germinating seeds
    • start with a large pot and some good potting soil
    • sow your seeds according the instructions on the pack
    • place the pot in a spot that gets good exposure to sunlight
    • water according to the instructions, you’ll get to know your plant
    • enjoy the new growth and spend some time everyday observing
    Want more information, want to volunteer?
    Give us a call (Mon - Wed 9:00am - 3:30pm) at (204) 895-4560
    email us, and check the website often
  • 22 Feb 2014 11:49 PM | Anonymous
    The Monmonarch butterflyarch Butterfly population has plummeted in the last decade. I heard recently it's numbers are estimated to be a mere 10% of the Monarch population in 2006.

    Habitat loss is thought to be the factor contributing to this population crash. The complexity of changes across huge geographical areas that cover the migratory life cycle of creatures such as the Monarch only add to the perplexity of the problem.

    However for us who share the summertime environment with the Monarchs the loss of habitat is more specifically the disappearance of milkweed. The female Monarchs lay their eggs on these plants and the young hatch and eat their way through the caterpillar stage while eating exclusively on milkweed.

    Unfortunately this plant is disappearing do to changes in agricultural that favours GMO crops and herbicide use that eliminates all competing plants including milkweed.

    What can be done? Consider growing milkweed in your garden, if you aren't already. If you have lots of space grow lots. This is the only plant the young Monarchs eat.

    Gardens Manitoba members have worked so hard contributing to a shared vision of a butterfly conservatory in Winnipeg. Plan to introduce some milkweed into soil you tend, and encourage other gardeners to do the same. And if you do, enjoy your Monarch sightings in 2014.
  • 25 Oct 2013 4:33 PM | Anonymous
    Can I admit that I never knew what a Haskap was? Not until I participated in the most wonderful presentation by Dr. Bors (the FOGM AGM - October 22nd.) did I learn about this new prairie fruit. Cheers to Gardens Manitoba for including his knowledge & humour to the Annual Meeting.
  • 24 Sep 2013 10:37 AM | Anonymous

    zucchini pancakes

    If you find yourself in possession of zucchini, and you have 10 minutes, this is easy!

    Coarsely grate 3 cups including the rind, add 3 tablespoons of flour, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese, a couple twists of pepper and drop 6 of them on your griddle to serve on small plates.

    Enjoy!
  • 09 Sep 2013 2:25 PM | Anonymous
    Ah September, with fullness of blossoms and much fruit. What will I do with so many pumpkins?

    Fall potted plantA week ago we said goodbye to Hershey the dog, who in spite of a lifelong heart condition, was with us for almost 17 years. Such a good friend!

    And now it's fall and falling into the routines.

    I don't know how many of you are reading these blog posts, no one has ventured a comment. Maybe this will happen this month?

    The Gardens Manitoba program evenings are starting up. The first takes place on Sept 17 featuring Food Preservation with Lenore Linton. Fall image of potted plantsMaybe that's where I'll figure out what to do with all these pumpkins.

    Do check this site regularly. Plans are underway to move more of our content here.

    Make this your own by commenting on posts. Your suggestions are always welcome. Drop me an email.

    Richard, Executive Director, Gardens Manitoba
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