Prairie Garden Committee Online Book LaunchSunday Nov 07 2021 2:00 pm, Virtual, Online via Zoom & YouTube
Join us for the launch of the latest edition of The Prairie Garden: Smaller Places. Editor Dorothy Dobbie, guest editor Mr. Tomato, and contributor Dr. Meera Sinha will introduce the book and give you a taste of what you can learn from it.
This year’s edition of The Prairie Garden, the 83rd, zeroes in on how to make the best of a small space, whether it is in your back yard, on a balcony, or even just a not-so-sunny corner of a room. We know there are many novice gardeners interested in learning more, so this edition concentrates on providing a lot of how-to information.
At this virtual launch, Mr. Tomato will provide tips on making your small garden look and feel better. Dr. Sinha will present on growing houseplants and their lighting need.
Guest editor Mr. Tomato created and introduced Kozy-Coat water-teepees for cold weather gardeners to get a head start on growing tomatoes. He also introduced Sea Magic seaweed concentrate and other products to the gardening world. He has received 10 top awards for home-grounds landscaping and authored a best-selling booklet titled “Secrets of Starting and Growing Seedlings Under Lights.” Mr. Tomato has designed garden catalogues, has been a guest speaker at many gardening club functions and guest-hosted a gardening radio program.
Dr. Meera Sinha recently retired from a long career as an obstetrician and gynaecologist. She is a passionate gardener, and an active member of the Manitoba Master Gardener Association. She volunteers her time to serve on The Prairie Garden Committee.
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This year’s edition of The Prairie Garden, the 83rd, zeroes in on how to make the best of a small space, whether it is in your back yard, on a balcony, or even just a not-so-sunny corner of a room. We know there are many novice gardeners interested in learning more, so this edition concentrates of providing a lot of how-to information. Guest editor Mr. Tomato shares his secrets about how to make your small garden look and feel bigger. He also tells us of a natural remedy for invasive creeping bellflower and Canada thistle. He instructs us on how to build a light table. His valuable contributions are backed up by solid information and experience. Other expert gardeners in the region pass on their tips and experience in using all available space to the very best advantage, from creating a garden fence with espalier (Mark and Ben Cullen), to building a magical rooftop garden over a garage (Greg Klassen), to the best hardy shrubs and roses to grow (Rick Durand). Sandra Venton paints a picture of growing upward in a garden. When it comes to houseplants, we learn about light and how it works (Dr. Meera Sinha), all about coleus (Igor Kaftan), cyclamen (Susanne Olver), amaryllis (Eva Patrician) and miniature orchids (Chris Bryan). No garden book would be complete without a word or two on common pests and insects, beneficial and harmful. Jason Gibbs provides a look at specialist bees. Committee chair Ian Wise explains how to manage rose weevils and sucking insects. Former editor Linda Dietrick points out how to attract pollinators. There is so much more. Would you like to grow giant pumpkins? Milan Lukes, now just starting university, has been doing this since he was 11 years old, and he tells us how. We learn how one Churchill gardener managed to feed his restaurant patrons fresh local produce (Joan Airey). Balcony gardeners get advice on what to plant under what conditions and how to deal with spent soil (Dorothy Dobbie). In all there are 65 stories with photographs that will enlighten, entertain, and delight you. There is so much practical wisdom in this little booklet that you will want to get copies of some of the fabulous past editions produced by the Prairie Garden committee.