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    Eat what you grow

    Has anyone here tried growing sugar beets for a sweetener? There used to be a sugar plant here in Winnipeg, so there was a lot grown in southern Manitoba. It ultimately shut down and, without a market, farmers switched over to other crops. There are plants that process beets for sugar just...
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    Hello from Montana

    I grew up in central Saskatchewan and am now in Manitoba, so yes a cold weather gardener. We had a decent sized garden in Saskatoon, but when we moved to Winnipeg, we bought a place with a small lot, less sun, and had young children so it took a back seat for a while. Derek
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    Question How to maintain Raspberry and Blue Berry in a cold climate?

    Blueberries are native to the boreal forest of Canada...compared to that, I don’t think any of Australia is cold. Blueberries need acidic soil...from where I grew up, we picked wild ones north of us in clearings in coniferous forests...so if you have access to something like pine needles to...
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    Sanitizing Garden Tools

    I spent a summer working as a landscape labourer. For the pruners and loppers, if we were dealing with a diseased plant, we dipped them in a bleach solution between cuts. That was about 25 years ago. I never did the mixing, so I can’t say what sort of ratio it was. Derek
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    Sour Cherries

    Very nice. Those look a bit like the semi-sweet cherries we have. I’m currently growing two varieties - SK Carmine Jewel and Crimson Passion. Both were developed at a fruit breeding program at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. One year, we measured from the Carmine Jewel we have...
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    Hello from Oregon

    Welcome! I have in-laws that used to live in Depoe Bay / Lincoln City and we visited a couple times. It’s a beautiful part of the world you live in. On one trip we visited the aquarium in Newport (if I remember correctly) - that was a great experience. Good luck with getting a garden. Does...
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    Greetings from Manitoba (centre of N. America)

    Greetings and salutations! I’ve learned in the past I have to be careful with forums...I have a bit of an addictive personality. Anyway, early in COVID-times, we started watching Sunday mass online...we found greater success watching it on YouTube than through the parish’s web site. After the...