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More Great Gardening Tips!
Join Kath Smyth as she chats with Jordan Witzel on Global Morning News Calgary for great gardening tips. Did you know that late summer early fall is the time to divide spring-blooming perennials? k
Watch this Global Calgary video of Kath Smyth, Society horticulturist, as she chats with Jodan Witzel about gardening myths. Is my tomato wilting because it needs water? Listen for the tip Kath shares.
What’s Bugging My Garden?
Gardening in July is dedicated to maintenance—ensuring plants, especially vegetables and annual planters, receive enough water and are fertilized. It is also the time to deadhead flowers, hill potatoes, and pinch tomato suckers.
Gardeners should also be watching for plant pests, such as leaf miners. Leaf miners (typically small flies) lay eggs on plant leaves. Small caterpillars hatch from the eggs and eat into the leaf tissue, making trails and blisters as evidence of their mid-leaf tissue consumption. In about 2 weeks time, the caterpillars will transform into adult flies.
Manage a leaf miner problem by squishing the caterpillars, removing the damaged leaves, looking for eggs on the under side of leaves and squishing them, and spraying the leaves on both sides with water to remove overlooked eggs and the adult pests (the adults can live for two weeks). Once the problem is noticed, daily inspection is recommended. Do not compost the damaged leaves, put them in the garbage.
Hail! What do I do now?
Watch this Global TV video for advice from Kath Smyth on what to do if your garden has been hit by hail.
Programs at the Society.
The Society’s online programs have been a success. Our Zoom Member Talk meetings were as well attended as our previously in-person meeting.
We are currently reviewing our plans for this fall. While we may offer some in-person programming, we will continue to offer talks and workshops online.
See the What’s Happening calendar for July, August and September programs. We are posting new events as the details are confirmed.
Please continue in your efforts to keep well, visit the Alberta Health Services site to get and stay informed and take precautions if you become symptomatic, stay home and call 8-1-1.
Design Your Yard…Online!
These workshops will commence online again in September. Watch the What’s Happening calendar for the workshop schedule.
The fall is a great time to review the yard and make plans for next year. Design the yard of your dreams. This is a great do it yourself project.
Learn about the micro-climates, drainage and sunlight characteristics in your yard and create a plan that you can implement—in stages or one big project, with or without help! It will be beautiful, functional for you by you.
The workshop is delivered using Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows participants to easily see course materials presented and speak and interact with the instructor and classmates from the comfort of their homes—almost like being in the same room!
This workshop is sponsored by the City of Calgary.
Great Gifts for Gardeners.
The Growing Journal.
Once the Society’s office reopens, stop by (208 50 Avenue SW) to purchase ($20) your copy of The Growing Journal. The Society’s journal is a terrific tool to help keep track of your planning and the activity in the garden. The pages are not dated, so you can journal at your own pace, without the stress of finishing an annual diary. It’s a great gift for a gardener on any occasion—that special day will be here before you know it! Purchase this gardening resource and support the Society. Note: you may call the office at 403.287.3469 to purchase and arrange for contactless pickup.
It’s a gift that gives year-round.
Purchase online, come to the office or call 403.287.3469—join us in Gardening for Life! and spread the benefits of membership.
Please note that due to the current challenges facing our members and community, the Board has decided to postpone our membership fee increase.
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