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Saskatchewan is a great place to garden! Our cold winters and dry summers create some challenges, but also lower our pest populations. Some important information to know when gardening in Moose Jaw. Canadian Hardiness Zone: 3b Average Last Frost Date: May 20 Average First Frost Date: September 18 Average Number of Frost Free Days: 121 Average Annual Precipitation: 365 mm The City of Moose Jaw has the following web pages related to gardening. Container Gardening Vegetable Gardening Trees and Shrubs for Moose Jaw Other Helpful Links Many Saskatchewan organizations have great gardening info published on the web. Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council Compost Page includes a compost “recipe” and link to a quiz to help you determine the right composting method for you. Landscape Saskatchewan How-To Page covers a variety of gardening topics from lawn care to aquatic plants. U of S Fruit Program website features information about growing prairie hardy fruits. U of S Vegetable Program website has variety recommendations for growing vegetables in Saskatchewan as well as some information on topics such as pest control and post-harvest storage. Saskatchewan Gardening Groups The following is a list of some of the specialty gardening groups that operate in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan Horticultural Association Saskatchewan Perennial Society Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan South Saskatchewan Lily Society Canadian Prairie Lily Society Saskatchewan Orchid Society Regina Orchid Society Regina Horticultural Society A more complete list of horticultural clubs can be found here. There are 22 clubs listed under Saskatchewan.
Many different vegetables can be grown in Saskatchewan. Why not try growing your favourite vegetable this summer? Sunlight Vegetables prefer full sun, which is defined as at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. The following vegetables can be grown in partial shade, which is 3-6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Lettuce Spinach Arugula Swiss Chard Beets Carrots Peas Leeks Green onion Kale Cabbage Broccoli Containers Container gardening allows people to grow plants in small spaces. Popular places for container gardens are balconies and patios. Several vegetables do well in containers. Some of the vegetables that do well in containers are: Leafy greens Herbs Tomatoes Peppers Zucchini Green beans Peas Carrots (container at least 30 cm deep) Beets (container at least 30 cm deep) Vegetable Families It is important to know how vegetable plants are related to each other. Vegetables with in the same family share many of the same growing requirements and pest and disease issues. It is a good idea to rotate vegetable crops each year so crops from the same family aren’t grown in the same soil year after year. The following table groups vegetables that can be grown in Saskatchewan into 7 major families. Note that corn is missing from the table. It is the only vegetable in the grass family grown in Saskatchewan. A number of herbs as well as lettuce are also missing, as they fall into a variety of families. Tomato Family Squash Family Cabbage Family Onion Family Goosefoot Family Parsley Family Bean Family Tomato Cucumber Cabbage Onion Beets Carrots Green beans Potato Pumpkin Cauliflower Leeks Spinach Celery Pole beans Pepper Squash Broccoli Garlic Swiss chard Parsley Peas Eggplant Zucchini Kale Chives Dill Edamame Tomatillo Muskmelon Radish Cilantro Watermelon Kohlrabi Parsnip Plant Nutrition and Fertilizer Plants need nutrients to grow. The most common nutrient deficiencies in Saskatchewan soils are nitrogen and phosphorus. If you aren’t sure how fertile your soil is or you think it may be deficient in a specific nutrient, a soil test is a good idea. At home soil test kits are available at many garden centres. All fertilizers will show three numbers separated by dashes, which represent the percentage of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, in that order. Sometimes a fourth number is included, which represents sulphur. For example, a common starter fertilizer is 10-52-10. This means the fertilizer contains 10% nitrogen, 52% phosphorus and 10% potassium. Always follow package directions when applying fertilizer. Over application of fertilizer can harm your plants and the environment.
September 29, 2016 Trees are an important part of our urban environment. Healthy trees supply valuable economic, human health and aesthetic benefits and also generate an increase in property values. It takes many years to grow a mature tree; maintaining the tree health is extremely important and worthwhile. Pruning is an essential component to keeping your trees healthy and can help prolong a tree’s life span if done properly. Pruning is the act of removing dead, diseased or undesirable limbs. The objective of pruning is to produce strong, healthy, attractive trees. Before pruning a tree you need to understand why, when and how to prune. Avoid tree service companies that recommend “topping” to control tree height and safety. Topping, the practice of removing large branches and tops of trees, has become one of the urban forest’s major threats. It dramatically shortens the lifespan of trees and creates hazardous trees rather than eliminating them. This type of cutting results in unsightly weak regrowth that becomes more vulnerable to insects and disease such as Dutch elm disease (DED). The large open wounds also can attract invasion of rotting organisms. A topped tree is more likely to break or uproot in a storm than a healthy tree. For this reason, it is recommended that you hire a professional arborist who is qualified and experienced in pruning. Arborists should be certified and belong to a professional organization such as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). This will ensure that the person you have hired has met specific eligibility requirements. ISA certified arborists are required to take continuing education to recertify every few years. Always check references and, if possible, look at trees previously pruned by the person you are hiring. We need to take care of our trees so they can be appreciated by future generations. It takes a long time to grow a mature tree in our harsh prairie climate and improper pruning can quickly put a tree into rapid decline. A loss of trees is not just an aesthetic loss but has real economic, health and safety impacts. For more information on pruning, certified ISA arborists and DED visit either http://www.isaprairie.com/ or www.stopded.org. Remember that the Saskatchewan Elm Pruning Ban runs April 1st until Sept 30th each year. This is enforceable under The Forest Resources Management Act, 1996, The Dutch Elm Disease Regulations 2005.
May 4th to May 31st, 2016 Weather and Time permitting The Spring Weed Control program is completed in May of each year and covers unirrigated turf areas such as roadside ditches, turf adjacent to trails and empty City-owned lots. The following locations are on the list for 2016: Thatcher Drive West and East, including along trails. 9th Avenue NW MacDonald to Highway #1 Main Street North including meridians 9th Avenue NE: from Thatcher Dr. East to Caribou St East. Manitoba Expressway: from Highway #1 to 2nd Avenue East Boulevard adjacent to Spring Creek along Simcoe and Laurier Caribou Height Football Field Rosedale and Moose Jaw Cemeteries These green spaces will be evaluated and only those areas exhibiting high weed numbers will be sprayed with pesticide. The herbicide used will be 2,4-D. These areas may be “spot sprayed”. **Prior to spraying, adjacent residents will be notified and areas to be sprayed will be placarded. For your own comfort and safety, it is suggested that residents keep their windows closed and stay off sprayed areas during spraying operations and for 24 hours afterward If you are chemically sensitive or have any questions regarding the City of Moose Jaw’s Turf Management program, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (306) 694-4439
All Cemetery Rates and Outdoor Columbarium and Scattering Garden Rates are effective June 1, 2016, EXCEPT for Memorialization Rates for Outdoor Columbarium and Scattering Garden which are effective July 1, 2016. All Rates do not include GST. All Rates do not include GST. Information on burial practices, rates, plot locations, outdoor columbarium or the scattering garden can be obtained by contacting the Cemetery Office located in the Parks & Recreation Department, 4th Floor, City Hall 228 Main Street North, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 3J8 Phone: (306) 694-4430 Fax: (306) 692-7151 Email: email@example.com Cemetery Rates
Moose Jaw Parks and Recreation is committed to providing Public Skates at all 3 arenas each week. Public Skating is your opportunity to get active and enjoy quality recreation individually or with family and friends. For more info on Public Skating please call the Rec Info Line at 306-694-4500. The benefits of recreation are endless!
Annabelle Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’): Low growing shrub with heart-shaped, green foliage. Very showy, large clusters of ball shaped white flowers that flower late in summer. Attracts butterflies. Cut flowers. Height: 1m; Span: 1m; Full sun to Partial shade. Hardiness Zone 3.