Category Archives: horticulture

Manitoba Government Sells Out Pineland Forest Nursery

“The Manitoba government has concluded a deal to revitalize and bring new economic opportunities to Pineland Forest Nursery and the surrounding region, with the successful bidder being a company that plans to grow and develop hemp, Growth, Enterprise and Trade … Continue reading

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The Buzz

I’m taking a little break from Trump and thinking positive thoughts for the future. There aren’t a lot of bees around my yard most times. I see the occasional one in the caraganas or the dandelions but I fear there … Continue reading

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Why, Iowa? Why?

“President Donald Trump’s trade war with China sent soybean prices to 10-year lows just as new steel tariffs drove up the cost of equipment and devoured the year’s profits.   “As soon as the tariffs were put on steel, the … Continue reading

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The Dedication Of The Acorn

It’s been more than a month since I planted my acorns of White Oak (Quercus alba). Today, I was checking a pot for moisture on a work table and discovered an acorn of White Oak that had been dropped and … Continue reading

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Voting Day USA and Other Special Days

Like many, I’m impatiently awaiting news of a rejection of Trumpism south of the border. It’s also been a month since I received a shipment of seeds for more trees. One species of which I had concern was White Oak … Continue reading

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To Maple Or Not To Maple, That Is The Question

Maples love my yard. They grow like weeds here. The wind blows seeds in from somewhere and they grow. I’ve collected a few seeds along the road when I walk and they grow. So far, I’ve collected these kinds: Manitoba … Continue reading

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Grand Kids

Life is always interesting with the grand kids visiting. Tonight when I did my walkabout to make sure the house was in order, I discovered that I had spilled some oil when I topped up the damned ICEd vehicle… In … Continue reading

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On The Good Dying Young

It’s sad when the good die young but it happens too often, except in my yard. Lately, I’ve had a hare chewing the leaves off some of my seedling fruit trees. I hate that. Today, one of the grand kids … Continue reading

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On Asparagus

Asparagus officinalis is one of the few vegetables that I can reliably grow in my garden. It’s tough and rides out the winter wonderfully well. Its roots are aggressive and compete well enough with weeds. Especially, I love it because … Continue reading

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No Acorns Today

I went to collect the mail today and stopped by a local oak that overhangs the road allowance to collect acorns. I found none. I saw none on the trees. I guess the oaks are preparing to smother the ground … Continue reading

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The Plight Of The Butternut

I wouldn’t care much about the butternut. It’s just a tree, but it has a bunch of useful characteristics: It’s a walnut, so it has beautiful wood, its nuts are rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, it will grow … Continue reading

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Days Of The Chokecherry

We’ve had an interesting couple of days. On Friday, our first real thunderstorm came by. It was scary. We could see it on the radar hours before, a chain of thunderstorms 100km long. It even spawned a tornado which wrecked … Continue reading

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