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July/2020/4

Newsletter

The Manitoba Master Gardener Association (MMGA) cultivates the development and continuous education of Master Gardeners, supports volunteerism and encourages sustainable, proven gardening practices throughout Manitoba

MESSAGE FROM THE CO-CHAIR

 

Your Board of Directors has been working hard this summer meeting monthly via zoom to improve our organization and adapt to the new circumstances. We still need a Volunteer Coordinator and another Co-chair. A new position of MGIT Coordinator has been created. The MGIT coordinator will be a member of the Education committee and report to the Education Standards Director. Contact any member of the Board if you have an interest in any of these positions or would like more information.
 
The Rainbow Community Gardens (see Co-chair’s report March newsletter) are still looking for more tools and if you have any old or spare tools contact the community garden coordinator Raymond Ngarboui, at Raymond@cedawpg.org.
 
We have been contacted by Radio-Canada for a francophone Master Gardener who would do a 5-8 minute long summer segment about gardening every two weeks. This would be a great opportunity for the MMGA, so if you are francophone please consider being involved (contact Laverne Dahlin at ddahlin@mts.net
 
An excellent slide show template has been developed that should be used when one is giving a slide show under the auspices of the MMGA. It is very elegant and gives our organization a unified appearance to the public.
 
A virtual garden tour is being developed in a very exciting way. We hope to produce something to be proud of. Watch this space for further information.  
 
Please guard your health in these summer days.  It is not only COVID-19 to be wary of, but sunburn, dehydration, garden injuries, bug bites, poisonous plants. So, be wise around your garden and avoid these other summer plagues. 

Diana Dhaliwal
dianadhaliwal@mgmanitoba.com

What makes all the work worthwhile - abundant healthy produce and a little grand-nephew learning about gardening

A VEGETABLE GARDEN ADVENTURE

 
I’ve grown herbs and a few vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers and squash, for many years but I have always tucked them right into my ornamental borders. However, this year for many reasons, I decided to experiment with creating a dedicated vegetable garden. Read on here

Darlene Belton, Master Gardener

MY CHILDHOOD DREAM TO CREATE
AN INDIGENOUS GARDEN

 PART 2 OF 3
 
In order to achieve the prairie and woodland experience I wanted the garden would, in many respects, just “happen”. It would be loosely planted, not rigidly controlled by specifically positioned plants. My principal considerations for placement were light requirements, ensuring the health of my plants and their height. Formally landscaped properties tend to plan bed selections by bloom time, and often select species using a colour wheel. By comparison, my approach was a seemingly mismatched aesthetic. Read on here

Elizabeth Sellors, Master Gardener

THE GARDEN TOUR THAT DID NOT HAPPEN

 
Every July Master Gardeners and the public alike look forward to the MMGA Garden Tour. This year, due to COVID-19, the tour had to be cancelled. 

A big thank you goes out to all the gardeners who volunteered their gardens for the tour. They had certainly made plans well ahead of time to ensure their gardens would look the best at the time of the tour. Almost all were able to confirm their gardens for next year's tour and sent us photos to create anticipation. Find more pictures here

Shelley Walker, Event and Fundraising Director
 
Master Gardener Lenore Linton's abundant hascap crop

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS


To all MMGA Members
We would like to hear about your garden adventures and volunteer activities this summer. Send us a picture accompanied by a short description to newsletter@mgmanitoba.com

Lisa Renner and Jo Swartz, Newsletter Editors

NEW FOR MEMBERS

Shelley Walker, MMGA Special Events Director, has compiled a list of the videos that have been collected as a result of our film screenings.
They are for the personal viewing for our members only.
Find Shelley's contact info here to borrow a film.
            Film Library 

Title

Elevated Thinking The High Line in New York City
From Great Museums TV
Five Seasons The Gardens of Piet Oudolf 
A film by Thomas Piper
Hometown Habitat Stories of Bringing Nature Home
A Production of The Meadow Project
Megastructures - Gardens by the Bay
Produced for the National Geographic Channel
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009
The Royal Horticultural Society
The Gardener - a film about Frank Cabot who created Les Quatre Vents, a garden in Charlevoix County in Quebec.
Produced by Gravitas Ventures
Winnipeg in Bloom
Produced by Prairie Public


Master Gardener Kiyoko Ulrich and Tara Magee, Butterflyway Ranger, would like to introduce the Master Gardeners to the Butterflyway Project

The Butterflyway Project is a citizen-led movement, through the David Suzuki Foudation, growing highways of habitat for bees and butterflies across Canada. Up until this year it has been mostly focused in BC and Ontario. Manitoba and other provinces are joining in this year, and apparently our province has really shown up! 

Kiyoko and Michele (from Prairie Naturals Gardening Group) and I had discussed the Butterflyway project and how native gardens attract pollinators. That led to our talking about the opportunity to integrate the Master Gardeners’ gardens with the Butterflyway Highway! We would like to have all your beautiful established native gardens included in the butterfly highway map for Manitoba. 

There is plenty of future opportunity for involvement, for those who are interested. However, simply acknowledging the work that’s been done and habitat that has been created already would be a great contribution to this movement. There are signs available from the project that identify the space as a “Butterflyway” and promote this cause, which I could help coordinate getting to everyone. 

Anyone who is interested please contact Kiyoko at kiyokoulrich@gmail.com

For more information check out the project’s website: https://davidsuzuki.org/take-action/act-locally/butterflyway/ 

Kindest regards,
Tara Magee, Butterflyway Ranger

Caterpillar of an American Lady butterfly on pussytoes (Antennaria plantaginifolia)

GOOD READS AND RESOURCES


With the ask@ question of the month being about an insect, Lisa Renner and Jo Swartz recommend the article "Recognizing different Insect Larval Types" from the Entomology Department of the University of Kentucky with an easy to use identification key.

Manitobans give gardening a boost during the COVID19 pandemic. Read the CBC article here
        Apoecilus (a type of predatory stink bug) nymphs 

Ask@QUESTION OF THE MONTH


Question:
Hello - Happy Canada Day. Can you tell me what these bugs are? There are several clusters of them on our grapevine. They don’t seem to be doing any damage, but I’ve never seen them before.

Answer:
These insects are the nymphs of the predatory stink bug Apoecilus.
There are numerous varieties of stink bugs. Some, like the Apoecilus, are beneficial, eating garden pest insects. Other varieties of stink bugs are garden pests that feed on fruit. 

The Apoecilus nymphs can be mistaken for the more serious nymph of the brown-marmorated stink bug which is a nasty pest for many garden and fruit crops. Early feeding on apple crops can cause catfacing,  while on strawberries and haskaps they cause fruit drop and bud death. The brown-marmorated stink bug is one of the most recent exotic pests that has arrived in Manitoba and could increase in numbers as our climate warms.

Two links which show the difference:
Apoecilus nymphs
Brown marmorated stink bug nymphs

Marilyn Dudek, Master Gardener

IMAGE CREDITS
  • BANNER PHOTO, JO SWARTZ
  • AMARANTH: LYNNE MCCARTHY
  • VEGETABLE GARDEN: DARLENE BELTON
  • INDIGENOUS PLANT GARDEN: LIZ SELLORS
  • GARDEN TOUR PHOTOS: PROVIDED BY GARDEN OWNERS 
  • HASKAP HARVEST: LENORE LINTON
  • CATERPILLAR: LISA RENNER
  • STINKBUG NYMPHS:  PROVIDED BY MARILYN DUDEK
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