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Salt Deposits

To remove the salt deposits that form on clay pots, combine equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to the pot and scrub with a plastic brush. Let the pot dry before you plant anything in it.

Dirt Under Fingernails

To prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails while you work in the garden, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap and you'll effectively seal the undersides of your nails so dirt can't collect beneath them. Then, after you've finished in the garden, use a nailbrush to remove the soap and your nails will be sparkling clean.

Collecting plant material for indoor displays

Do you want to collect plant material for use in your Christmas indoor or outdoor display?

Carol Bergman, a MB flower farmer/arranger suggests that to keep greens such as cedar and pine fresh, put it in a plastic bag and leave it outside or in a very cold garage until you are ready to use it. It can be totally frozen and it won't harm the greens.

Holiday Arrangements

When cutting greenery for holiday arrangements, use clean, sharp cutters to cut, crush the ends of the woody stems promoting maximum amount of moisture absorption and immediately put cut ends into water until ready to use.

Red Lily Beetle

Start checking your lilies early in the spring for the emerging Red Lily Beetle. Later, their bright orange eggs are also really easy to spot.

Tomato Blight

How are your tomatoes doing this year? Are the leaves getting discoloured? Check out this article by Sage Garden Tomato Blight

Starting Seeds Indoors

Thinking of starting seeds indoor? Here is a great article by Getty Stewart on Tips for Starting Seeds Indoors . She has developed a handy guide for right here in Manitoba on when to start your vegetable seeds. She also has information on providing the right growing conditions for your little seedlings.

Successive Planting

Are you getting ready to plant your cold-weather seeds (peas, radishes, lettuces, spinach etc)? Put aside some of your excess seeds, mark your calendar for the third week in July and plant these again for a later crop.

Gardening in the New Weather

February 14, 2018

Charlotte Tataryn of Charlotte's Place, a Winnipeg Landscape and Interior Design Consultant, will present the topic of Gardening in the New Weather.

Manitoba Horticultural Association (MHA) Annual Convention

January 25, 26 & 27th, 2018

Neepawa United Church, Christian Education Centre, Neepawa MB

Fall Gardeners' Market

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who donated, worked at or supported this year's event. With our expanded Gardeners' Market that also included our Canada 150 Tea and our oversized garage sale it was quite a feat to pull it off. Everyone's contributions to this successful event are very much appreciated.

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