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June 15, 2011

TidBits of Information

  • Picturing Canada's national parks
    Tips and tales from three landscape photographers whose work appears in a special book made for Parks Canada's 100th anniversary

  • -Don’t forget to check the July Events area out to see what is happening and if you know of something that is not listed – get them to list it! It’s FREE

  • Which of the following ladybug facts is not true?

    A. They hibernate.
    B. They can bleed at will.
    C. They play dead.
    D. All of the above.

    The answer is D. Ladybugs do hibernate. They do play dead. And, when playing dead, they do excrete a bit of blood from their legs, emitting a foul odor that tends to ruin the appetite of a would-be predator.

  • After frequent requests from a number of their customers, Cathy's Crawly Composters now has a new composting worm available. ‘European Nightcrawlers are a great addition to our stable of composting worms. We have heard some wonderful stories about how Euro's are suited to a colder northern climates and how their appetites for organics are almost (if not bigger) than the Red Wigglers. We are currently running a couple of competing bins (one with Red's and one with Euro's) to see how the two species match up. Stay tuned as we will be posting the results.’

  • Here is a website that sells peonies from China. I have not ordered from them but I feel I should tell you about it as they have some stunners…including the Chromatella which I had in my own garden in St. Albert – this peony had the most intoxicating fragrance I had ever smelled. They also carry one of the rarest, the Dou Lu (Pea Green) I have seen this in bloom in China and it was gorgeous. If anyone does order I would appreciate hearing from you so that I can let everyone else know!

  • Gray mold blight attacks peony

  • Keeping salad mixes safe:

    ARS food safety researchers are pitching in to help keep salad mixes safe to eat. Innovative studies are providing new information about the impressive array of genes that a major foodborne pathogen calls into action when attempting to colonize leaves of fresh-cut lettuce.

  • The latest health news about cinnamon extracts:

    A study led by an ARS chemist suggests that a water soluble extract of cinnamon, which contains antioxidative compounds, could help reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and heart disease.

  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row