Thursday November 27, 2014

Register your fruit


I hope you were able to join us earlier this week at the Yorkton and District Horticultural Society “Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Show”.  We’re so happy when gardening friends attend the show: we all love gardening and want to share our enthusiasm with you!  Thank you to everyone who attended!  

Putting on a flower show takes a lot of work, so I’d like to send a big bouquet of thanks to everyone who helped to plan the show, to the behind-the-scenes heroes who set up and take down, to the welcoming gardeners at the door, to everyone who brought the delicious baking, and to those who set up and served the lunch: your work makes the show the delightful event that it is, we couldn’t do it without you!  And of course, last but not least, a big thank you to all the talented and generous exhibitors who shared the beauty of their gardens with all of us: we wouldn’t have a show without all of you!  Your amazing entries give us renewed vigor, ideas and enthusiasm for the next gardening year!  It’s a team effort to make the show a reality, and everyone who helped in any way deserves a round of applause.

Our show this year was minus one enthusiastic gardener: our dear gardening friend Bertha Schneider, who passed away on July 29, 2014.  Bertha was 92 years young, and her enthusiasm and determination would leave most of us tired out!  She dearly loved her garden, and I have no doubt that Bertha is now joyfully planting sweet peas and an array of beautiful flowers in a heavenly garden.

I noticed that the farmer’s market on the corner of Gladstone and Independent St. is now underway, if you are looking for locally grown produce.  I believe it goes on Saturdays from 10AM till noon, but there are posters around town if you want to double-check the times.

I picked up a small flyer from the Assiniboine Food Security Alliance that is once again promoting their “Grow ‘N’ Share” program.  This is a great program that helps to share the bounty of locally grown fruit.  If you have fruit trees and have too much fruit to use all by yourself, just call AFSA and register your fruit tree for picking.  It works like this: volunteers come and pick the fruit, and the harvest is split with one third going to the tree owner, one third to the volunteers, and one third to a local organization such as a community kitchen or food bank.  The numbers to call are (306)521-0332 or (306)782-3249.  This is a great program, so if you have fruit trees, keep those numbers handy.

I’d like to remind you that the University of Saskatchewan has a great service called “Garden Line”, which enables you to call in with gardening questions.  The web page says that “GardenLine is a free service offered through the College of Agriculture and Bioresources to help answer gardening questions and concerns.  Gardeners can get help identifying plants and pests; can get suggestions for plants or trees that are ideal for yards in our climate and other useful landscaping tips.”  This service is available until August 29.  Call Monday to Thursday, 9AM – noon and 1PM till 4PM.  So if you have any gardening questions, be sure to avail yourself of this opportunity.  For more information call the University of Saskatchewan (306) 966-5865 or email them at  The U of S are leaders in many avenues of horticultural research, and it’s wonderful that they are willing to help all of us with our gardening questions!

Isn’t it great  to see so many dragonflies in the garden!  They are making the mosquito population a little more bearable!  Have a lovely week, and when you are working outside on a hot, sunny day, be sure to wear a hat!



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