Have a very berry summer
Raspberries, blueberries, and cranberries are an attractive, delicious addition to an edible garden.
You might like to try some of these tasty options:
Fall Gold Raspberry. An everbearing variety. Produces two full crops each year: Spring and July to August.
Fruit very juicy, sweet and firm. Extra large conical berries. Nice flavour. Zone 3.
Heritage. Large, firm, red berries with very good flavour.
This everbearing raspberry will produce a moderate harvest in summer and a heavier crop in fall. Height 3 ft (1 m). Spread 3 ft (1 m). Zone 3.
Red River. Red River, like Double Delight, is a primocane raspberry.
As fruit are produced on new canes, they can be mowed to the ground in fall.
This variety has small, delicious Berries borne on cascading plants. Height 3 ft (1 m). Zone 3.
Burgandy Lowbush. Profuse white flowers followed by small, delicious, light-blue blueberries that have a distinct wild flavour.
It makes a nice ornamental ground cover with new growth emerging burgundy in colour.
The foliage turns gray-green in summer, then a bright orange-red in fall. Height 1 ft (30 cm). Spread 3 ft (1 m). Zone 3.
Chippewa Blueberry. Large, dark berries with a sweet flavour. Fruit ripens slightly earlier than other varieties. Zone 3.
Northcountry Blueberry. Short plant that matures at 20 to 30 in (50 to 78 cm) tall.
The fruit is dark blue, large, and has a good blueberry flavour.
Good for preserves. Glossy, dark green leaves turn to an attractive deep bright red in the fall. Self fruiting. Zone 3 .
Alaska Cranberry. Produces flat clusters of white flowers followed by bright red fruit clusters in fall.
Fruit size is about .5 in (1 cm). Zone 2.
Wentworth Cranberry. A heavy fruited form of the native highbush cranberry. Fruit is excellent as a preserve.
Fruit size is about .5 in (1 cm). Zone 3.
see also: 10 neat things about edibles
– The Ultimate Guide to Cold Climate Gardening
Non glare glass is a beautiful thing!
Brandon skyline, Assiniboine River
Saturday, May 30, 2015
It is my way perhaps to come to this quiet spot on Assiniboine River in Dinsdale Park early this morning with my French easel, and brush and paint to silently mark the quick approach of my 24th anniversary of moving to Brandon from China.
I will always remember how I was enchanted by the view unfolding in front of me when I first stepped into this park a few days after I arrived in Brandon.
It was so quiet in the park that the only other sound that I could hear was the lapping of the water against the shore.
All of a sudden, it came back to me the same surge of emotions that touched my heart deeply 24 years ago.
– Weiming Zhao
Canadian beneficial Nematodes
• Lawn Guardian is a package of Canadian beneficial Nematodes that will help you naturally control insects in your lawn and garden.
• This one particularly focuses on the June-Japanese Beetle and European Chafer.
• Once applied, it will hunt down and kill the grubs before they are able to transform into the beetle.
6 easy tips for making healthy choices
Laugh more. Love more. Live more.
Here are six ways to make better choices to improve your health.
Stress is a culprit involved in fatigue, weight gain and wrinkle formation.
A tasty way to beat stress is to eat dark chocolate according to a Swiss study.
Ferment More Often
Fermented foods are packed with nutrients, as well as probiotics that keep your digestive system happy.
From yogurt to fermented drinks, try eating fermented foods more often.
Make a Date with a Tree
Taking a walk in the woods improves mental health according to a 2015 study conducted at Stanford University. Get out there!
Taking a few deep breaths beneficially lowers your blood pressure and heart rate.
Research studies also suggest deep breathing boosts your immune system and may be linked to longevity.
Maximize to Energize
The body can amplify energy production when it has the right nutrients: B vitamins, probiotics, digestive enzymes and multivitamins.
Eating more fibre and protein can help crush those monstrous cravings for junk food that expand your waistline and spike your blood sugar.
Exercise is another important part of successful weight management.