Friday, March 22, 2019

Spring is in the air!

 SURE SIGNS of Spring;  crocuses, bluebirds, Canada geese and sunny warm weather that slowly melt the snow and make roads really mucky, anticipation of seeing all those fall bulbs peeking through the ground, mother nature awakening not only the world around us but also impacting our brains, mood and behaviour by reducing stress,  so begins the planning of gardens, flower pots of tropical flowers along some ole faithful colourful annuals and perennials …  these are a few of my favourite things, …

The winter of 2018-19 has been quite unusual in many regions with plenty of extremes, so the first sight of seeing  tropical plants arriving at the garden center is stunning;  the colours, beauty, fragrance, texture and style that you can add to a space.  There are ficus, palms, croton, monstera, ferns, pothos, snake plant, hoya, zz plant, prayer plant and more!


YES HOT trends again this year  - Succulents and tropicals  just add an earthy and brilliant touch;  come in early to see what we have already received and join into one of our many offered classes this year.   

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Thursday, February 07, 2019

Join us at Seedy Saturday - Saturday February 9th

 February 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Canadian Mennonite University, North Campus 
500 Shaftesbury Blvd
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Every year, gardeners, farmers, and everyday citizens gather to share knowledge and seeds. Workshops will be given on topics of seed saving, gardening, and policy issues relating to small-scale agriculture, then a food film will be shown. There will be seed vendors and organizations in attendance and a table will be set up for those who would like to exchange seeds that they’ve saved themselves. Entrance is by donation.
Winnipeg Seedy Saturday is one of hundreds of events that take place across Canada every spring and supported by Seeds of Diversity Canada. Visit to find out more about this organization and see the list of events.

Jensen Nursery will have 2 tables at Seedy Saturday. We will have a selection of mangaves, succulents and designer containers. And of course we will have our entire selection of seeds by Renee's Garden Seeds. These non GMO organic seeds are one of a kind! Expect pollinator seeds, hummingbird garden seeds and butterfly garden seeds just to name a few. The colored radishes and carrots were a favorite last year as well!

Drop by the booth and say hello! We look forward to seeing everyone after a long cold winter. 

Admission is only $5!

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Purple Coneflowers

  DROUGHT TOLERANT & PERENNIAL :   Purple Coneflower      
This coneflower is the original native form, single purple-pink petals surrounding a dark center, which has a long bloom time.
Coneflowers are very resilient.
Coneflowers now come in many different varieties (single, double, or triple types) and colours (white, raspberry, orange, red  and yellow) .
Coneflowers generally grow 2 to 3 feet tall with a spread of 2 feet. 
They bloom from early summer until fall.
They’re a favorite with butterflies and bees.
They make excellent cut flowers for indoor bouquets. 
Prefers full to part sun with average to dry, well-drained soil. 
The roots, leaves, and flowers are medicinal,  
Self sows if seed heads are left to overwinter.
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Growing Tip: Single-flowering forms often live longer than the double or triple types.
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Monday, June 25, 2018

Astilbes for the Shade Garden

Astilbe is a tall, summertime bloomer that adds interest and texture to the garden even after the pink, white or red flowers have dried up and turned brown.  
Their leaf foliage is feathery and clumps at the base of the plant. 
The heights vary depending on kind,  15 inches to 30 inches.
Deer do not particularly like them.    
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Growing Tip:    Astibles benefit from a bit of protection to get them through the severe winters, a fine layer of mulch, such as chopped leaves or straw.
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Friday, January 22, 2016

Val's Christmas Tree in January! Bird Haven!

 Happy New Year!
Here’s a picture of what I did with my Jensens christmas tree ( a 6 foot premium frasier this
year) ­ yes I know ­ not exactly as enviromentally friendly as turning it into mulch ­ but so very
much more entertaining!
I decorated it with pine cones dipped in peanut butter then rolled in black oil seeds, unshelled
peanuts, and some leftover baked goods .The sparrows also enjoy leftover porridge as well
especially if it has cranberries in it­ which I also included .
My visitors include many different species of sparrows, chickadees and bluejays
I have not seen the woodpecker on there but I know he is around!
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

1 Week of Christmas!

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All of our gardens will be much happier with their new cozy white blanket.

We have had a very busy holiday season this year, and we would like to extend our thanks to all our customers. Without your support we would not be a successful local business. We try to alwalys give friendly, helpful advice and the very best service all year long!

Thank you and see you in the Spring!

And to all a good night,

ps...last day open in Monday December 21st!
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

2 Weeks of Christmas!

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Christmas is coming fast this year, and as I write this I see some snow outside. Finally…all our gardens need it!
Come in soon to pick out your Christmas tree if you haven’t already. Our stock is getting low Remember our free delivery.
Every year we have donated to Pennies from Heaven. For every Christmas tree we sell we give $2 and for every poinsettia we give $1. It is now called “Miracle on Mountain” because we don’t have pennies anymore. The money raised helps the Christmas Cheer Board.
We are collecting food for Winnipeg Harvest. The bins are right at our front door. They have told us that they especially need baby formula. 
We are here until December 21 st. We have fresh wreaths, Christmas trees, poinsettias and giftware. We can make a custom centrepiece for your holiday table as well.
Glaedelig Jul,
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Monday, September 14, 2015


Planting fall bulbs are a great way to bring blooms to your garden in the spring.  When choosing which ones to plant, try to mix all the blooming times - early, mid and late spring.  You can choose from tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, alliums and scilla.
The bulbs should be planted in a sunny location to receive at least 6 hours of sun.  But 8 - 10 hours would give you the best flowering.
They should be planted about 3 times as deep as the height of the bulb, but an inch or two deeper will give them extra protection.  You can add bulb fertilizer or bone meal at this time.  After blooming, remove the faded flowers so they don’t go to seed.  Let the foliage yellow and die back naturally so that energy goes back into the bulb for next year.
Naturalizing refers to a process by which you plant self-propagating bulbs in an informal setting.  They will require little or no human care, and will produce their own garden.

Tulips are probably the most popular fall bulb.  We have ordered five different types this year.

Darwin - are the longest living tulips with the largest flowers.
            - have tall, strong stems and strong petals that withstand wind and rain

Fosteriana - one of the earliest tulips to bloom
                  - have very wide flowers on strong stems

Lily flowering - blooms have pointed tips and very strong stems

Botanical - create a very natural look as they come from a wild species
                - some of the longest flowering tulips
                - a great choice for naturalizing

Double Peony - generally bloom in late spring with short, sturdy stems

There are other varieties of fall bulbs you can choose from.  Mixing these in to your tulip garden would be lovely.

Scilla - referred to as “glory of the snow”

         - bloom in very early spring and are extremely hardy
     - blooms usually last a few weeks
     - beautiful in a rock garden or in mass plantings

Muscari  - or Grape hyacinth
               - blooms last forever and are very fragrant
              - a shorter bloom to go in front of tulips
              - deer resistant

Trumpet Narcissus
- the most traditional daffodil
   - single stemmed, with big trumpets
      - deer resistant

Allium - belong to the onion family
      - easy to grow and long lived
         - deer resistant

It is a great time to do some planting - including fall bulbs.  Just when most everything in your garden is finished you can have some fun making a new spectacular spring garden.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Got Critters? Protecting your yard from deer, rabbits, squirrels and more!

 Deer and rabbits can eat your destroy your garden, flower gardens, shrubs and trees. Our warranty does not cover animal damage. Protect your plants if you have rabbits or deers in your yard. We have an assortment of products available to help protect your yard. 

Squirrels and chipmunks steal bird seed. Squirrels chew through materials like siding and woods to access shelter, while chipmunks dig burrows and can damage building foundations.

CRITTER RIDDER - Repels Raccoons, Skunks, Dogs, Cats, Squirrels, Groundhogs and Chipmunks
Critter Ridder® is a patented blend of ingredients derived from hot peppers that immediately irritates an animal’s senses of smell, taste and touch upon encounter. This overwhelming irritation sensation repels critters, and after a couple of unwelcome visits, they learn to stay away from your yard
• OMRI listed and USDA approved for use in organic gardening
•Won't damage soil or vegetation
•Lasts up to 30 days 

Critter Ridder® RTU (ready-to-use) liquid is perfect for multi-surface application. An ideal animal repellent, this can be used to prevent cats, dogs, raccoons, squirrels, groundhogs and skunks digging in your lawn, garden, or landscaped areas. 
It also helps keep animals from damaging ornamental/landscape planting and discourages squirrels from bird feeders. (When using on bird feeders especially wooden feeders, test-spray in an inconspicuous area to avoid staining.) The formula can reduce the frequent tearing of garbage bags by dogs, cats, squirrels and raccoons.

Critter Ridder Granual
Sprinkle granules on the ground around perimeters or across entry ways to deter animals from accessing protected areas. Use Critter Ridder® granules to keep animals out of gardens and flower beds and out from underneath porches and sheds. 
Squirrels - 
To repel a squirrel, a repellent with a mode of action that works via irritation or is a taste-based repellent is best. Additionally, because squirrels are so tenacious, it is strongly recommended to use both liquid and granular repellents to make your yard as uninviting as possible.
Spray CRITTER RIDDER onto surfaces like bird feeders, bulbs, and trees to keep squirrels off and prevent gnawing.
Sprinkle granular CRITTER RIDDER around the perimeter of structures, plants and gardens to prevent entry.

PLANTSKYDD          Repels Deer, Rabbit, Squireels, Chipmunks and Voles

Plantskydd® Repellents are considered the most cost-effective, and environmentally safe, animal repellents available. An odor based animal repellent made from porcine hemoglobin, vegetable oil and water.

EFFECTIVE against: deer, rabbits, voles, chipmunks & squirrels
•Safe for people, pets and the environment
•RAIN-RESISTANT—no need to re-apply after every rainfall. 
•SAFE for use in vegetable gardens, on fruit trees and food crops. (Do not apply to edibles within 1 month of harvest)
•ORGANIC—first animal repellent OMRI Listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute for food production.
•BONUS—built in fertilizer results in bigger, healthier plants!
What makes it so effective??
Plantskydd works by emitting an odor that animals associate with predator activity. It also stimulates a fear-based response which results in animals looking elsewhere to dine. Animals with avoid plants before they bite not after!
•For best protection, treat plants before browse begins, in spring or fall.
•Plantskydd liquid formulation lasts 3- 4 months during the active
•IMPORTANT—spray on dry plants—allow to dry for 24 hours.
•Ideally, spray in the morning or late afternoon, when the sun is not as strong. 
•Spray a fine mist directly onto plant material 
•Reddish-brown color dissipates within 48-72 hours 
•Apply when temperatures are above freezing
•Apply to dry plants and allow 24 hours to dry 
BOBBEX - click here for website -
repels Deer and Rabbits
Bobbex is a all natural safe product made with dried eggs, other proteins, fish meal, fish oil, meat meal, garlic and castor oils. It is safe on plants and has been proven effective to repel deer from shrubs, trees and ornamentals. Not recommended for use on edibles.
•Harmless to wildlife including aquatic species
•Harmless to humans and pets
•Contain no petrochemical or synthetic components
•Made from all-natural and recycled ingredients
•Will not wash off will last through several heavy rains
•Works by smell and taste aversion
•Will last through several heavy rains
•Dries clear with slight odor that will dissipate after 24 hours 
Applications - allow 6 hours to dry before rain or watering
Spray when temperature outside is between 2 degrees and 30 degrees During Spring & Summer growing season spray every 10-14 days 
During Fall & Winter spray monthly
For more information on applications - click on this link
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Garden Days - June 19th - 21st

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 Canada's Celebration of Gardens 
June 18-21, 2015

Garden Days is Canada’s coast to coast to coast, three-day celebration of our National Garden Day which is held annually on the Friday before Father’s Day.
 This three-day program of activities and events is for gardening enthusiasts, families, schools and tourists alike. Garden Days is an opportunity for Canadians to enjoy their own garden, visit or take part in their favourite garden experience, get inspired at their local garden centre or travel to a nearby destination to enjoy their favourite garden. 
Register Your Activity 
 All Canadian gardens, garden centres, garden and horticultural organizations and garden-related businesses are invited to organize activities or events to celebrate public gardens and home gardening. If you are organizing an activity in celebration of Garden Days, click on the ‘Register your Activity’ button at the top of the page and follow the simple prompts. 
Enter the ‘Canada’s Garden Street' Contest  by going to

 Kicked off with National Garden Day, always the Friday before Father’s Day, Garden Days is a three-day celebration that takes place over the Father’s Day weekend. The program’s objective is to draw attention to our cultural garden landscape, history and innovations and to underscore the importance of public and private gardens, the values of home gardening and the promotion of environmental stewardship. Garden Days is a joyful, country-wide celebration of the role of gardens in our communities and in our lives. We are offering an assortment of specials and workshops to celebrate "Garden Days"


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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Time to plant! Huge selection of shrubs and trees now in stock!

 We now have a huge selection of shrubs, trees, perennials in stock!
Our greenhouse is also bursting at the seams with flowers!
Bit early to plant annuals outdoors, but a great time to plant shrubs and trees. You could also get a head start by planting containers in your garage - move them outside on a warm day and back in the garage at night!
Some of our pond plants have arrived - be careful though they cannot handle frost! Floaters are not in yet, but marginals and oxygenators are here. I will send out a detailed e-mail once they are all here! Make sure yousubscribe to our newsletter here for updates.
Check out the pictures below of our outdoor display area! We have some gorgeous plants in! Shrubs and trees come with a FREE 1 year warranty or a optional 5 year Myke Warranty! Here is a link about our Myke Warranty (this product really does work)
Click here -Use Myke Warranty!
Weather got you down? The greenhouse is warm, tropical feeling and guaranteed to put a smile on your face! If it wasn't so full of flowers we could put out some patio furniture and have a indoor garden party!!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It's time to apply your Dormant Oil!

Dormant Oil Kits contain Horticultural Oil and Lime Sulphur that are combined and sprayed on most Deciduous Trees and Shrubs.  These oils help clean up any overwintering eggs or fungi on your trees and shrubs. It is an excellent and environmentally friendly way to get ahead of insect and disease problems on your Fruit trees, Ornamental Trees, Cranberry, Roses, Dogwoods and many other trees and shrubs.
It's time to apply your Dormant Oil !  Dormant Oil Kits contain Horticultural Oil and Lime Sulphur that are combined and sprayed on most Deciduous Trees and Shrubs.  These oils help clean up any overwintering eggs or fungi on your trees and shrubs. It is an excellent and environmentally friendly way to get ahead of insect and disease problems on your Fruit trees, Ornamental Trees, Cranberry, Roses, Dogwoods and many other trees and shrubs.  Dormant Oil must be sprayed before the leaves emerge and when the buds are just beginning to swell.  Spray in early morning to allow sufficient time to dry before nightfall.  You want to pick a day that there is no rain in the forecast and the temperature will stay above 4°C.   Dormant Oils will help control scale insects, mites(maple gall Mites), aphids, apple scab, powdery mildew, and anthracnose.  It is an excellent general clean up for any garden. gall mite on maple, disease, dormant oil, jenesn nurseryoyster shell scale, dormant oil, jensen nursery
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Dormant Oil must be sprayed before the leaves emerge and when the buds are just beginning to swell.  Spray in early morning to allow sufficient time to dry before nightfall.  You want to pick a day that there is no rain in the forecast and the temperature will stay above 4°C. 
Dormant Oils will help control scale insects, mites(maple gall Mites), aphids, apple scab, powdery mildew, and anthracnose.  It is an excellent general clean up for any garden.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wreath Making Classes now starting!

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Brrrrr! The hot summer days are far behind now that snow has come to visit us again. It is time to start our Christmas Craft Classes!
Today Jen will be teaching our Wreath Class at 1:00 & 6:00 pm! We still have space in each class if you want to join us! It is only $27.50 to make a beautiful decoration wreath! 
How do we make trhem? Well we start with a straw wreath, florist wire, and armfuls of greens. The greens have to be cut into small 4”-6” pieces. Lay the empty wreath on a table and put the spool of wire in one hand. Wrap the wire around the wreath securing it with a twist. Make “bouquets” of greens and lay each one on the wreath. One in the center of the wreath form, then the top, and finally the outside edge. Wrap the wire around all three bouquets and up through the middle. Keep adding the evergreens and wrapping with the wire until the wreath is covered. You will secure the wire on the top of the wreath, making a loop to hang the wreath. It is best to double the wire to make the loop stronger. Once you have completed your wreath it is time to decorate! Fresh dogwood branches from your garden, pine cones from your pine, or berries from your rosybloom can be used to make a natural wreath. Florist picks(small wooden picks with wire attached to the end) can be used to attach the pine cones or berries to the wreath. The wire end is wrapped around the end of the berries or pine cone, then the wooden end is stuck into the straw wreath. If you prefer a more sparkly wreath Christmas picks in red, silver, gold, or bronze can be used. These can usually be stuck through the straw wreath quite easily. Florist wire can be used to make sure they do not fall out. A simple wreath with a red bow and pine cones can be spectacular! The best thing is that you have bragging rights that you created it all on your own!
So drop in today or sign up for one of our other Wreath making classes to become an expert at making wreaths!
Not only do we have all the supply’s you could possibly need, we have the experience to help you create a beautiful fresh wreath! Classes will be held Today November 26th at 1:00 pm, Wed Dec 3 at 1:00 pm & 6:00 pm and Wed Dec 10 at 1:00 & 6:00 pm.Email me at [email protected] or call (204)488-5042 for more information and to register. Fresh wreaths will also be available for sale if you would rather us do all the fun work!!
I look forward to meeting you this Christmas Season!
Tammy Jensen
Jensen Nursery and Garden Center is a family owned business that has served the south end of the city for over 40 years! They are located at 2550 McGillivray Blvd at Brady Road. Tammy Jensen has been enjoying working in the family business for over 17 years!
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Friday, November 14, 2014

The 2015 Prairie Garden Book

A year ago I agreed to become the guest editor for the 2015 Prairie Garden Book. The Prairie Garden is a digest sized, soft-covered book published annually by a volunteer committee since 1956 and is dedicated to the advancement of horticulture in the Prairie Provinces. After a year of way more work than I ever envisioned the book is here! Personally I think it turned out to be one of the best issues yet! Please feel free to send me feedback that I can pass on to the committee. I have never met such a hard working dedicated group! I currently have 25 copies available for sale at the garden centre! It is also available online on our site. If you click local pickup we will set it aside for you when you are next in. If we run out I can get more it just may be a week! For anyone that buys the 2015 edition from me I will offer you 20% OFF the price of any back issues you want to add to your collection! I have most years starting in the early eighties!
We are having a launch at McNally Robinson's on November 26th! Here is a link for more information - The 2015 Prairie Garden Book Launch

For a look inside the 2015 edition - LOOK INSIDE
To reserve or order online - The 2015 Prairie Garden Book

Hope to see you all at the launch!
Tammy Jensen

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Monday, September 15, 2014

FREE Seminars and Fall Planting Class!

FALL PLANTING CLASS - Wed Sept 17th 6:00 pm
We still have openings at our Fall Container Planting Class this Wednesday! Bring your own pot and you can make up a beautiful container for approx $20! 1 Fall Mum, 1 Fountain Grass and 2 trailing sedum all planted in your own pot would only be $21 plus tax! We also have some great planters on sale for 40% off the day of the class!
Call (204)488-5042 or email [email protected] to register.

FREE FALL SEMINARS - Sat Sept 20th 9:00-4:00
We still have some spots for the free seminars on Saturday September 20th! They start at 9:15 and end around 4. Free lunch is included. You can register for the day or just for individual seminars. I did send out a detail list of seminars last week. If you missed this email let me know and I can resend it to you.
Email [email protected] to register
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Monday, July 07, 2014

Kid's Gardening Classes

 Now that summer is finally here, it is time to find things to do with the kids! We are just starting kids gardening classes! Let us introduce your child to the love of gardening! Classes are one hour long and include all supplies. Each child will go home with their very own Miniature Garden. They will have assorted plants, and miniature decorations to choose from. Classes are open to kids from 4 - 15 years old! The cost is only $28.50 plus tax! This includes all supplies as well. If you want to bring along a few kids, we are offering a 10% discount when registering more than 1 child. If you are interested in a birthday party and have 8 kids minimum we can book your own separate time!! Call to register at (204)488-5042, or email [email protected]. If you are interested in a birthday party please call or email Tammy. We will be having the classes on Tuesday afternoons at 1:00 and Thursdays at 530 till July 25th. August schedule will be set later this month. Check out the picture below it is a sample of what your child can create at this class! We look forward to gardening with your child this summer!!
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Monday, May 26, 2014

The Best Mojito Recipe

 Well, we have had one of the busiest weekends ever. It is my turn to write the blog this week, and this is the recipe that a lot of people have asked about. I think summer is just about here and this should get you ready.
The Best Mojito Recipe
Muddle 1/2 a lime with 16 mint leaves in a tall glass (spearmint works great).
Add 1 1/2 oz. Rum and 2 tbsp. Simple Syrup
Fill glass with ice cubes and top with club soda.
Garnish with a slice of lime and a mint sprig. 
Simple Syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Boil on stove until dissolved. I keep mine in a jar in the fridge.
We have lots of varieties of mint at Jensen’s. Try them out and see which one you like best for your Mojito - Pineapple, Apple, Spearmint and Peppermint. I have also used Citrus Rum. 
See you soon,
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Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring is here!

 Wow….I think Spring is finally here! The chill in the air is gone and the sun feels very warm. Our greenhouse is incredible right now, blooms and leaves everywhere.The first shipment of trees and shrubs came in today.One of the new hydrangeas appeared - Sweet Summer, and a new weigela - Sonic Bloom!  
At this time of year it is important to start watching your trees or shrubs for the first signs of spring. When the plant is still dormant and the leaf buds do not show any sign of green, it is time to use Dormant Oil. It is a spray that you mix yourself, using Horticultural oil and Lime Sulphur. It can be used when the temperature stays above freezing for 24 hours. This product will control insects - scale and aphids, and treats apple scab and powdery mildew.It works by smothering the insect or egg, or poisoning them. It will not harm benifcial insects because of the time of year that it is used. Those insects are just not around. Dormant oil works best on fruit trees, roses, high bush cranberry and snowball viburnum. For roses, you can spray the soil to control powdery mildew and black spot. For all shrubs and trees, start spraying from the top and completely drench all the branches and stems. I have used it at my own house on my snowball bushes with great success.It is important to remember that it may damage Amur maple, cedars and junipers. Colorado Blue Spruce can become discoloured. If you use it after the leaf buds are green, those leaves will either die or the edges will turn black. But for the plants mentioned above it is like a miracle spray.I hope you will consider giving this wonderful product a try.
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Gardening Saturday at CMU Saturday March 29th, 2014

It's time for Gardening Saturday again! Jensen Nursery will be there with a huge selection of spring bulbs available at special show pricing. We will also have Mumm's Sprouting seeds, Organique products, and a selection of 2014 Garden Giftware items at sale prices. Drop by and talk to us about our Landscape Design and Garden Consultation Service. We will also be handing out coupons that can be redeemed at our garden centre at 2550 McGillivray Blvd. 
                                                               7th Annual
                                             Gardening Saturday 2014
                                             Tradeshow & Educational Symposium
                                     March 29th, 2014       9:00am -4:00pm
          Demonstrations    Workshops      Tradeshow      Food Market 
               $7.00 General Admission includes Tradeshow Area & Food Market
Gardening Saturday takes place between 9:00am – 4:00pm at Canadian Mennonite
University North Campus,  500 Shaftesbury Blvd.
Join us! With more than 80+ exhibitors,  demonstrations, hands-on workshops and a
delectable food market, this one day event is sure to please everyone. Gardening Saturday
2013 attracted  2200 gardening enthusiasts.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Spring is in the air!

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 It is time to plant our hanging baskets! Our greenhouse is filled with containers ready to be planted!
The tropical plants have been happily growing for a while now. We just had a shipment of giftware arrive as well!
We have some mini gnomes, biker gnomes, fairies, frogs, motivation wall hangings, and much more!
Here are a some pictures of the new arriivals! Drop by and visit this week! We are now open Monday to Friday from 10 am - 4pm.
Come and see summer in our greenhouse! It actually went up to 37 degrees Celcius today! 
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Monday, February 17, 2014

A look back at a day in life of Karl at Jensen's!

  All in a day’s work.
Jensen Nursery has been a contributor to the Scandinavian Centre for a number of years through advertising and donations of gift certificates to many events annually. To make this possible, I will like to give you an account of a traditional day at work, leading up to Christmas.
Christmas is getting close and I know, we will have a busy day at work selling Christmas trees. On the long drive to work I curse the City for the poor planning of road infrastructure and the poor drivers ahead of me, but look forward to a nice cup of coffee, waiting for me at work. When I finally arrive, I am greeted by a chilling look from Susan, my boss that says “you are finally here”. I steer directly to the lunch room for my coffee and stop dead in my tracks. “What, no coffee”, I yell. Jennifer enters the lunch room. “You want coffee, you make your own. We are too busy to bother with that,” She exclaims” Jean now enters with a big smile.”I’ll make the coffee for you and bring it to you when it is ready, go help the girls in the greenhouse. As I enter the greenhouse, Jennifer and Susan M. (Macpherson) are getting trees ready for delivery. “What took you so long? Give us a hand doing these fresh-cuts” she says, giving me a certain look. “You know I’m not much good till I’ve had my coffee” I explain. Just then, as if she has read my mind, Jean enters with a cup of coffee and I’m ready to go. With my coffee in my left hand and a saw in my right, I can now do a fresh-cut on the trees, only to hear my boss, Susan complaining. “You are cutting crooked, how can we make the tree stand straight with a cut like that” Looking at a pretty good cut I say defiantly,” Well if we had a good saw that could cut straight, you would have a perfect cut.”
As we continue getting the trees ready for delivery, the first customers of the day enter the greenhouse. This gives me a chance to finish my coffee and help the people at the same time, leaving the heavy work to Jennifer and the two Susan’s. It is not hard to sell a tree as we have a really nice selection and in no time at all I have made a sale. Now I just have to take it down from it’s hanging position. I swallow the last of my coffee and go to work, only to hear the girls yelling for me to come give them a hand. More costumers arrive and now we all rush to serve them. We blame this on Tammy, who has been busy advertising our services. Come in, bring your tree stand and pick your tree. We will then give it a fresh-cut, put it in the stand for you and send it out right into your living-room, and there for people are coming in droves buying their trees. 
Late in the morning Elsie arrives, bringing Kurt to work. Elsie doesn’t look too happy. “Keep him here the rest of the day,” she says, “I’m going to the Scandinavian Centre for the Norwegian lunch without him,” she says and off she goes. Kurt wanders around the greenhouse mumbling something only he understands and then disappears out to the garage. We are now close to noon and two more staff arrive, Laura and Jane. “Anything we can help with” they both ask and instead of replying we simply hand them tools to cut plastic with and point to the trees waiting to be wrapped. At this time the girls are noticing that I am slowing down. “Don’t lift the trees by yourself, let me help you. You are getting too old to do it by yourself,” Susan M says and the other girls soon follow suit. Looking like my pride has been hurt, I manage to hide my pleasure of being pampered.
It is now one o’clock and I have to teach a group of ladies how to make wreaths. Another staff member, Arlene will teach another group to make center pieces. This gives me a break from the hustle and bustle in the greenhouse, but Jean soon lets me know that I am needed there as well, so back and forth I go. The end of the day is nearing and Elsie returns from the Centre, this time with a smile on her face from having a nice visit with friends from the Centre. Kurt has come back from the garage and has wandered around the greenhouse, mumbling his own language. He too now has a smile on his face. He has been counting the trees and learned how many we have sold in the course of the day and he is pleased. Everybody is exhausted from the day’s work but already they are discussing the plans for the next day.
As I am driving home, fighting the traffic, my cursing is less, perhaps from being too tired, but mainly from realising how lucky I am, working in a lovely environment and with a great group of people, who really spoil me. Also knowing that because of the hard, but fun work, we are able to help others. From every tree sold two dollars go to the “Pennies from Heaven” foundation.
Just a brief outline of what goes on at Jensen’s. All in a day’s work.
Karl Sorensen
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Making Sense of Hydrangeas

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I know exactly what you have been worried about. Last summer I know it was worrying me. Then……Colleen Zacharias gave a seminar last September about …..Hydrangeas. And I took notes:
There are three types of Hydrangeas.
Arborescens, which is also commonly known as a mop head, has large round flower clusters. They bloom on new wood and should be pruned in late fall or early spring. The most well known is Annabelle, which can be pruned to 6” in the spring of its third year. 
The second type is Paniculata - Limelight and Quick Fire - which has a cone shaped flower cluster. It is the easiest to grow and also blooms on new wood. You can also prune this one in late fall or early spring. The Quick Fire Hydrangea is great for gardens as it blooms one month earlier than other Hydrangeas.
The third type is Macrophylla - Endless Summer - which is known for the large leaves. It blooms on new and old wood. This type, especially, doesn’t like the afternoon sun and must not be pruned. 
It’s important to consider the following guidelines when growing Hydrangeas. They need three deep waterings a week with a weak fertilizer mix. Most varieties need afternoon shade and they should all be mulched. 
Stop by and see us in the spring and check out all the varieties that we have at Jensen’s.
Now your worrying is over,



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Friday, November 22, 2013

Join us this Saturday and Sunday for our Christmas Open House!

  You’re invited to our......


November 23rd & 24th           November 30th & December 1st           December 7th & 8th  

Come and see Santa on Sunday Dec 1st & 8th

·        Christmas trees – many varieties & sizes

·        High quality tree stands

·        We support “PENNIES FROM HEAVEN” we donate for all trees & wreaths sold!

·        Bring a “Tin for the Bin” “MANITOBA HARVEST”

·        Fresh Wreaths,, Centerpieces, Outdoor Containers and Garland to decorate your home

·        Evergreen Boughs, Branches, Holly and Speciality Christmas Greens

·        Christmas Craft Supplies at great prices!

·        Unique Giftware for all seasons

·        Gifts for the Gardener, or Bird Lover in your house

·        Christmas Decor

·        Unique Garden Gifts and Metal Wall Art

·        Fresh Honey


Shop indoors with a hot drink and stay warm!

Free Christmas Tree Delivery to your door in Winnipeg!

Christmas Hours

Mon & Tuesday 10-6      Wed-Fri 10-8      Sat 9-5       Sun 11-5


                      Jensen Nursery & Landscaping Ltd

2550 McGillivray Blvd (at Brady Rd)     (204)488-5042



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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Time to sign up for Christmas Craft Classes!

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Wreath Making Class


Come join the fun and make a fresh evergreen wreath decorated with your choice of bows or picks! Made the Danish way with a straw wreath and greens from a Christmas tree!


Cost $25 per person - includes 1 wreath, greens and $10 worth of decorations!

*Extra charge for double sided wreaths is $5.00

*Extra decorations may be purchased


Indoor Centerpiece Class

Create a traditional Danish Style Centerpiece with a candle or an indoor Modern Style Christmas Container in any size or style! Bring the fresh scent of cedar, pine, and balsam into your home! Makes a great hostess gift! Bring your kids along and let them make an affordable mini centerpiece! Fun for the whole family!

Cost -

·         Kid's Mini Container $12 - includes container, greens, and $5 worth of decorations! They will have an assortment of containers to choose from!

·         Traditional Danish Style $18 - includes base, greens, oasis, one candle, and $5 worth of decorations

·         Modern Style Christmas Container - available in a variety of sizes. All prices include the container, greens, and oasis.                         Small - $15 includes $5 in decorations.        Medium - $22 includes $6 in decorations.

Large - $28 includes $8 in decorations.

* There will be a selection of containers to choose from.

*Larger or deluxe containers are available for an additional charge.

*If you bring your own container we will price individually.

Outdoor Container Class

Create a beautiful front door container. We have all the pinecones, berries, branches, and decorations to create a container in your own personal style. Best thing is - you leave the mess with us!


Cost - $58 includes black urn, greens, sand, and $15 worth of decorations! If you reuse your urn from last year you only pay $36!


* Extra decorations can be purchased.

* Larger containers or containers brought from home will be priced individually

* Inserts to put into large containers that cannot be transported are available for a $5- $10 fee. If you need an insert please call us before class with measurements so we can find a suitable insert for you. Make sure you have removed the soil from your container so that the insert can fit inside the pot.






Jensen Nursery and Garden Centre


Christmas Craft Class Schedule


Wed Nov 27           1:00 pm & 6:00 pm                                Wreath Making

Thurs Nov 28        1:00 pm & 6:00 pm                                Outdoor Containers

Wed Dec 4              1:00 pm & 6:00 pm                                Wreath Making

Thurs Dec 5                        1:00 pm & 6:00 pm                                Outdoor Containers

Mon Dec 9               1:00 pm                                                       Indoor Centerpieces

Wed Dec 11                        1:00 & 6:00 pm                                        Wreath Making

Thurs Dec 12         1:00 & 6:00 pm                                        Indoor Centerpieces


Limited seating please email to register - [email protected]

·        Additional Classes times may open up if these times get booked up.

·        Contact [email protected] if none of the above times work for you. We will take your availability into consideration if we open additional class times.

·        Schedule updates will be posted at









2550 McGillivray Blvd

Winnipeg, Manitoba



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Thursday, October 03, 2013

Over-Wintering Herbs

1. Look for the most healthy plants to over-winter.
2. Rid your plants of insects and disease before bringing them in. Use Insecticidal soap or any organic product.  Make sure it is safe to use on edibles.  Isolate your plants for about 2 weeks from other houseplants before introducing them into the house to avoid spreading any insects and disease.
3. The best chance for success with some of the culinary herbs indoors for the winter is to start new plants from seed.  The best time to start seed is early August for herbs such as basil, chives, coriander, dill, parsley, marjoram, rosemary, sage, summer savory and thyme.  Plant in 4 inch pots using a medium of soil, sand, peat and perlite. Sink the pots into the garden up to their necks. Cover the seeds with sand or sphagnum moss.  Keep moist and fertilize with a liquid seaweed or a fish emulsion (Organique) when the sprouts are 3 inches high.  If you’ve missed the August sowing, start them any time indoors.
4. Other culinary herbs for indoors such as mint, oregano and French tarragon are best prepared by potting up root divisions after the harvest.  The optimum time to dig up the plants that you want to keep indoors is about a month before the first fall frost.  Bring in existing plants or make new ones by dividing them.  Capture as many of the roots as you can.  Mature plants, such as sweet marjoram, lavender and scented geraniums should be cut back by about 1/3 their full height to make them more manageable.  (You can cut them back even more drastically if the root ball is small.)  Put each one into a pot that is slightly larger than its roots.  Mint needs a lot of room so consider planting some in hanging baskets.  Fill in with a soil less growing mix.  Let the plants get settled in the pots in a lightly shaded outdoor location for a week or so.  Then move them into deeper shade for a week to get them ready to come indoors. Before frost arrives, bring tender herbs indoors to the window or light garden you’ve prepared.  
5. Let chives and garlic chives stay out through a month or so of cold before you bring them indoors.  They will grow much better indoors if they get a short winter to trick them into thinking it’s spring.  If conditions are right, they will re-sprout and provide you with some fragrant foliage to harvest in midwinter. 
6. Spearmint and tarragon will lose some leaves, but will perk up by February.  Keep them cool and dry until they re-sprout.  You can then begin to water and fertilize lightly every couple of weeks.
7. Other herbs to consider for inside gardening are aloe, bay tree, catnip, lavender, scented geraniums and lemon verbena.
8. When your herbs are grouped together indoors, they may be more susceptible to pest problems.  If you find whiteflies fluttering around the indoor herb garden, spray with Insecticidal soap or another organic product to kill mature flies and repeat until you get rid of newly hatched generations.
9. Red spider mites may attack because the humidity is low.  If so, use a pebble tray and fight them with insecticidal soap (Pebbles allow you to rest herb plants over – not in a tray of water.)  Avoid misting your plants to increase humidity as this will encourage insects and disease.  To discourage disease, remove dark, dead and sickly growth, and scrub your pruning shears or knife in a solution of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water between each cut.
10. The key to successfully growing herbs indoors is bright light.  A large window facing south is best, with an eastern exposure the next choice.  Bay, lemon balm and the other mints need only partial sun indoors and can be in east of west-facing windows.  If you cannot provide the necessary light but want herbs, consider investing in a grow-light unit.  This may be a simple fluorescent work light with 4 foot tubes, one warm and one cool-white, or two full-spectrum bulbs.  To be effective, fluorescent lights should be lit for at least 15 to 16 hours per day.
11. Most herbs need cool temperatures – in the 15 – 20 degree Celsius range during the day and cooler at night.  As well, good air circulation is important to reduce problems with fungus diseases.  Make sure air flows freely around the plants, but don’t put them in front of a heating vent.  It’s too hot and dry there.  Instead, invest in a small fan to gently keep the air moving.
12. Adjust the amount you fertilize to your light levels.  In a dark area where herbs struggle to stay alive, they may not need fertilizer at all.  In bright light where herbs are actively growing, you can fertilize every month.  Be sure to harvest fast-growing herbs often so they’ll stay compact.  You may want to replant crops that you use often so you will always have a fresh young plant to take the place of an older one.
13. You must also pay a bit more attention to the water and nutrient needs of your indoor plants.  Different herbs need different quantities of water when grown indoors.  Basil, parsley, mint, chervil and arugula do best if kept moist, not bone dry or soggy wet.  Let Mediterranean plants such as rosemary and lavender dry out slightly before you water again.  Too much water has probably killed more container-grown herbs than too little.  The plants shouldn’t sit in water, but instead, the water should evaporate up around them.  Because most of our homes are dry during the winter, increase the humidity around the plants by using a room or whole-house humidifier.  Alternatively, set the herbs on either commercially available trays that hold water and have raised racks for holding the pots, or on trays filled with pebbles.
14. When you wish spring would hurry up, spend some time nurturing your sage or lavender. 
Here is a list of plants that can thrive indoors, with recommended means of propagation.  This chart was compiled by Susan McClure and appears in her book The Herb Gardener:  A Guide for All Seasons.
Sow Seed Take Cuttings
Arugula Basil
Basil Mint
Chervil Oregano
Coriander/cilantr Pineapple sage
Dill         Rosemary
Mustard Sage
Parsley Scented Geraniums
Summer Savory Thyme
Sweet Marjoram
Bring in Mature Plants
Chives         Garlic Chives
Greek Oregano Lavender
Lemon Verbena Mint
Rosemary Sage
Scented Geraniums Summer Savory
Sweet Bay Sweet Marjoram
Arlene Ortiz (Wheeler)
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Friday, September 27, 2013

Over-wintering Tender Plants and Tropicals

I was able to have my Red Star Dracaena over-wintered for a number of years by friends and the plants grew to quite a nice size. That’s the lure, growing larger plants, along with big savings. None of the following methods are foolproof, but, as you experiment, you will find you are able to use more than one method to over-winter some species.

Warm, Bright Conditions

Experts suggest moving plants to a shady spot for a week or two and checking them for insect and disease before bringing them indoors. Bring the plants indoors before the first frost and place them by a bright east, south or west facing window .Large plants can be cut back by a half to two-thirds before bringing them in, to reduce their size and slow them down. Water whenever the soil dries out and give the pots a quarter turn every couple of weeks so they don’t get lop-sided. Additional humidity can be provided by grouping the plants together and putting the plants on top of trays filled with pebbles and water. Avoid misting, unless necessary, as this encourages insects and disease. In winter, our indoor air becomes so dry and this can really take a toll on tropical plants. Turning the temperature down to the mid-sixties helps with the humidity. As the days start to get longer, provide an occasional dose of diluted fertilizer. The new foliage on some plants may be noticeably smaller because of the lack of light. You might consider supplementing this with some kind of grow light.
Some plants that can be over-wintered under these conditions are:
Begonias, Bird of Paradise, Coleus, Elephant’s Ears, Hibiscus, Oleanders, Passionflowers, Plectranthus and Sages.

Cool, Bright Conditions

The following can be over-wintered under these conditions:
Cestrums, Clivias, Cordylines, Crinums, Flowering maples, Honey bush and New Zealand flaxes.

Cool, Dark Conditions

Many tropical plants have a dormant period triggered by a dry period, not the onset of winter. Cool, dark conditions are ideal for planters that go dormant. The bulb can be taken out of the ground; remove the mud and store it in a plastic bag that is not closed. Mist the bulb lightly once a month until spring; Many plants can survive the winter without light, water and sometimes even soil.
For shrubby plants or plants with fleshy stems and foliage, such as banana plants, cut down on the watering and stop the fertilizing. Cut them back and take them inside to a cool spot. Bulbous plants need to be blackened by frost before digging. Use a pitchfork when digging to prevent damage. Remove the blackened foliage and store in dampened peat moss in a cool spot. Ensure the peat moss is not too wet, otherwise they may become diseased, get fungal infection and rot. Divide rhizomes or take offsets from bulbs and tubers in the spring.

The following can be over-wintered under these conditions:

Angel’s trumpets, Bananas, Caladiums, Calla Lilies,, Cannas, Dahlias, Durantas, Elephant Ears, Ginger Lilies, Gingers, Glory bushes, Lantanas, Pineapple Lilies and Tropical smoke bush.

Much of this information was taken from the Fine gardening web-site.

Arlene Ortiz (Wheeler)
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Arlene's Tips on Growing Tulips and Fall Bulbs

Spring bulbs must be planted in the fall. In our climate, we can plant bulbs from September through December as long as the ground can still be worked. Over the years I have planted spring bulbs as late as mid December. One secret is to prepare the hole where you would like to plant the bulbs. Take in the soil you remove from the hole to use when planting. Cover the hole with a board or cardboard box and mark the spot so as when we get snow, you are still able to identify the spot. Plant your bulbs when you are able using the warm soil and water them in. Use a bulb booster or bone meal when planting. Following are some of my tips:

1. Choose healthy, unblemished bulbs that are hardy to our area, Zone 3.
2. Soak your bulbs in Plantskyd to avoid having them dug up by squirrels.
3. Also, squirrels, rabbits and deer don’t like Daffodils so they are always nice to plant in with tulips to deter the critters.
4. Break up the soil before planting. This is the time to amend your soil with peat moss or compost and a bit of sand.
5. Make sure you plant the bulbs with the pointed end up. If you are unsure of which is the right end, plant the bulb on its side and it will find its own way.
6. The general rule of thumb for planting is to plant the bulb two to three times as deep as the bulb is tall. In our zone you can add a few more centimeters in depth. Read the packaging for information on how far apart to plant that type of bulb.
7. Bulbs like it dry so avoid planting them in wet spots. Add sand to the bottom of the hole for good drainage.
8. When planting, group bulbs of the same colour and type together for a “Wow”! You might try planting some taller tulips near the back with some daffodils; some grape hyacinths in front bounded by a bed of crocus Let your imagination go wild! Make sure you plant some in a spot that you can enjoy looking out a kitchen or living room window. Avoid planting tulips in a straight line if you’re planting a border. Plant them in a triangle all the way along and they will look much fuller when they bloom. Try planting some bulbs you’ve never planted before, or try planting some in the lawn or around trees or shrubs. Snowdrops, Crocus and Grape Hyacinths are great bulbs to plant in the lawn.
9. Consider the bloom time and you will be able to create waves of colour in your garden for many months.
10. After the bulbs bloom in the spring, let the stems and leaves die back naturally and brown before you remove them. The stem and leaves replenish the bulb for next year’s bloom. To encourage more blooms for next year, apply fertilizer as the shoots emerge from the soil and again immediately after flowering.
11. Plant the bulbs behind or near perennials that will grow and hide the stem and leaves as they are browning.

Arlene Ortiz (Wheeler)
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Friday, August 30, 2013

Wasps bothering you?

Are you being bothered by Wasps?

I was in to the greenhouse the other day when I spotted a few things that we carry to rid your outdoor patio area and yard of wasps. The wasps are starting to appear already and never at an opportune moment. Just when we’re about to sit down for a nice meal on the patio or enjoy a drink outside, there they are. Many people are allergic to yellowjacket stings so must always be on guard.
Jensen’s carries Doktor Doom that will kill wasps, mosquitoes, house flies and many other insects as well as ants and bed bugs! I understand it has also proven effective on the dreaded Lily Beetle.
We carry yellowjacket traps that are non-toxic. They come complete with an attractant. You just add water and hang. There are no killing agents, the insects die naturally. The traps catch ten yellowjacket species, but will not trap beneficial honeybees.
We also carry the Waspinator, a durable, weatherproof device that resembles a wasp nest. It acts like a scarecrow for wasps – other wasps see it as an enemy nest and avoid the area. It can be left out year-round in any weather. No harmful chemicals, no dead wasps to clean up, no maintenance, and no more wasps!
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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Arlene's Late Summer Gardening Tips

1. Thinking of over-wintering some of your plants? Start taking your plants in before the nights start dropping to below 10 degrees. Water them well and spray with an insecticidal soap or product to rid the plants of any insects and disease. Isolate the plants for a couple of weeks before introducing them to the house and near houseplants.
2. Collecting seeds or cuttings? Let the seeds mature, turn brown and dry on the plant. If you collect them too early, they will not germinate. Seeds such as tomatoes should be collected, fermented for about a week in a jar filled with a little bit of water and then dried and stored. Collect cuttings now while the plant is still strong and healthy and before the temperature at night starts falling.
3. High humidity causing mildew and fungus? Mix 1 – 2 T. of baking soda into 1 litre of water. Shake well and spray on plants that are susceptible or are suffering. Spray weekly. If your plant has become entirely covered with mildew, you may need something stronger. Drop into Jensens to pick up a cure. Sulphur Dust is a great product to use if a number of your plants have been suffering. Fungus is a cause of not enough air circulation and high humidity. You may want to give the infected plants a bit of fertilizer to help it through its stress.
4. Are you still fertilizing? Continue fertilizing all of your annuals, but, now is the time to stop fertilizing your trees, shrubs and perennials, unless they are suffering. Let them start preparing for winter rather than start producing more tender foliage that may be susceptible to damage from an early frost. Roses have to prepare for winter. Stop fertilizing and deadheading as you want them to start forming rose-hips. Fertilizer stakes for your trees, fruit trees and shrubs are great to put down just before the ground starts freezing so they will get a boost with the warmer temperatures of spring.
5. Harvesting herbs? Gather herbs early in the morning when the aromatic oils are the strongest. Hang them upside down in a clean brown paper bag to dry. The bags keep out the light and catch any seeds or leaves that may fall off the stems. Cut a few holes in each bag to increase air circulation. To keep spices and herbs longer, store them in the freezer rather than the cupboard.
6. Growing tomatoes? Now is the time to cut the tops off your tomato plants so the strength will go into the fruit. To peel fresh tomatoes, plunge them briefly into boiling water, then into cold water. The skins will crack and slip off. You can peel peaches and plums the same way.
7. Bumper crop of Tomatoes? Freeze whole tomatoes on baking sheets and then store them in plastic bags until ready to use. Use them in soups, stews, casseroles or chili.
Think of our friends at Winnipeg Harvest and bring them some of your excess tomatoes and vegetables!!!

Arlene Ortiz (Wheeler)

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Arlene's Dill Pickle Recipe

Arlene’s Dill Pickle Recipe – Makes about 7 – 1 litre jars 18 cups of water (spring water works best, if possible) 1 cup of white vinegar 1 cup of coarse pickling salt ½ cup of white sugar cloves of garlic bay leaves fresh dill seed pickling cucumbers Wash cucumbers and prick them a couple of times with a fork to prevent them from exploding. Bring water, vinegar, salt & sugar to a boil to make the brine. Pack jars with cucumbers, 1 clove of garlic, 1 bay leaf and a sprig of dill. Fill brine to the top of the jar. Seal. Store for 2 weeks before use. I found using spring water makes them last longer and they’re clearer and crisper. Store in a cool spot.
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Arlene's Beet Pickle Recipe

Arlene’s Beet Pickle Recipe 4 cups of white sugar 4 cups of white vinegar 3 cups of beet juice 1 Tablespoon of coarse salt Cloves Fresh beets Wash beets. Place them in a big pot and cover them with boiling water. Boil until tender. Save the juice!!! Mix 4 cups of sugar, 4 cups of vinegar, 3 cups of beet juice and 1 Tablespoon of course salt. Bring to a boil. Put a couple of cloves in each jar. Peel the beets while they are still hot and then cut them up into the jars. Cover beets with the brine and seal. Enjoy!
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Friday, July 19, 2013

Composting made easy!

Composting is one of the greatest ways to recycle and add nutrient-rich humus back into your lawn and garden, naturally. There is less waste; you will create soil with a greater water-holding capacity and you will have better crops with better created nutrients. The microscopic organisms in compost help break down organic matter for use by the plant; help ward off plant disease and aerate the soil. Compost also stabilizes nutrients, helping neutralize over-phosphorous limits. So, let’s do it the easy way. You really don’t need a large, fancy compost bin; all you need is a bit of an area in the garden a few feet square. Any of your fruit and vegetable peelings, coffee and tea grinds, grass clippings, leaves, table scraps, straw, lawn and garden plants, annual weeds that have not gone to seed, egg shells, flower clippings, dryer lint, sawdust, twigs, shredded paper (avoid using the glossy coloured paper) and cardboard are items that can be composted. DO NOT add any meat or milk products, fish scraps, bones, diseased plants or perennial weeds to your compost pile. The fish scraps will attract pests and the diseased plants and the perennial weeds will spread throughout your compost. Also, do not add any pet manure. To accelerate the compost process, chop the larger material into small pieces. A blender works very well for kitchen scraps and peelings. Do not add banana or peach peels as well as orange rind, unless organic, as they may contain pesticide residue. You can either dig in the compostables in that area of your garden (I did this for years and it didn’t take long to break down) or if you have a bit larger area, you can start your compost pile right on top of the bare earth. This allows for earthworms and beneficial organisms to aerate the compost and be transported to your garden. Add a few inches of twigs or straw first. This helps aerate the pile and adds drainage. Add your compost in layers of moist and then dry. The moist would be food scraps, seaweed and tea bags. Dry materials would be twigs, straw, and leaves. Then, add green manure in the form of grass clippings, clover, wheatgrass, etc., or any other nitrogen source. This helps activate the compost pile and speed the process along. Jensen’s also carries Compost Activator by Orgunique, a 100% organic product that speeds up decomposition and breakdown of organic waste by increasing microbial activity. Within a very short time, you will have a high grade compost, rich in minerals and nutrients. After adding your green manure or nitrogen source, water occasionally or let Mother Nature do the job with the rain. Cover the pile with wood, plastic sheeting or anything else you may have that will help maintain moisture and heat, which are two essentials in composting. Covering also prevents the compost from being over-watered by rain. The compost pile should be moist but not soaked. Turn the pile every few weeks with a pitch fork or shovel. Oxygen is required for the process to work. Mixing or turning your compost pile is key to aerating the composting materials and speeding up the process. Adding a layer of soil to your compost pile will help mask any odours. Once your compost pile is established, you can add in new materials by mixing them in rather than adding them in layers. Your plants will soon be enjoying their own Black Gold! Arlene Ortiz (Wheeler)
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Keeping Your Plants Healthy!

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Make Your Life Easy by Keeping Your Plants Healthy! If you’re wondering why some of your plants are just not performing the way you expected, maybe it’s because they are starving! Keep in mind the plants you purchase from most garden centres are grown in a soil less mix. It has little to no nutrient value as it is composed mainly of peat moss, perlite and possibly some vermiculite. If you’re not into composting, try using a fertilizer that is 100% organic. Jensen’s carries a fabulous line of organic fertilizers made by Orgunique, a trademark of BioFert a Canadian company out of Langley, B.C. Orgunique provides a 100% organic and chemical-free gardening choice to help build greener and healthier gardens. The General Purpose Fertilizer 2.5-2-5 is a 100% organic liquid product that offers an environmentally friendly alternative to your gardening needs and helps keep your plants looking vibrant and fresh. It can be used on all indoor and outdoor plants including fruits, vegetables and ornamentals, etc. The Rose and Flower Food 2-3-5 is a 100% organic product that is formulated to meet nutritional requirements of flowering plants in your garden. The product is easy to use and will keep your flowering plants fresh and blooming. Rose and Flower Food 2-3-5 can be used for bedding plants, hanging baskets, potted plants and flowering shrubs. Rose growers successfully combat powdery mildew and other fungal diseases by spraying roses with a solution of 3 Tablespoons of baking soda in a gallon of water. Tip – Never spray your plants when the sun is shining on the leaves as this may promote leaf burn. Orgunique’s House Plant Food 2-1-3 is the way to go if you are concerned about exposing your home to chemicals. Unlike chemical fertilizers, it fulfills all nutritional requirements in a natural way. It is 100% organic liquid fertilizer ideal for feeding houseplants and patio plants. It brings rich foliage and bright colour to all houseplants. Kelp Boost is another great product to try and is a supplement to be used along with plant food. It is a 100% organic emulsion made from highest grade Atlantic Kelp. It is an ideal plant supplement that provides vigour and boosts all stages of plant development. As a spray, all you have to do is mix 3-4 tsp. (15-20 ml) in 1 litre of water and spray once every 10 – 15 days or so, or apply 2 – 3 tsp. in 1 litre of water and water it in at the root zone. Apply to wet ground. Tip – Always ensure your plants are well-watered before you fertilize to avoid any burning of leaves. Arlene Ortiz (Wheeler)
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Great Deals for you Containers or Gardens!

 Looking For Some Great Buys on Plants to Fill Those Bare Spots or Add to your Garden or Container??????
Well, you have come to the right place!!!  Jensen’s is having a great start of summer sale on all baskets, decorative containers, shade annuals, trailers, annual herbs, vegetables and tomato packs.  All baskets and decorative containers are $5.00 off, while the veggies and annual herbs are $1.00 off.  The trailers are marked down to $2.00 and the Tomato 6 packs are $1.50.  The Ornamental Corn, priced at $7.99 and marked down to$4.00 is a must to try.  The variegated leaves are so pretty and add a special touch to any container instead of the traditional Dracaena spike.  This is the time to test it in your garden to see how it performs.  You may be “AMAIZED” and anxious to try it in a container next year!  Priced at $1.00, now is the time to try some Purple Basil.  It’s decorative as well as edible!
 The old blue Recycling box, taking up space in the garage or basement, is a great container for planting herbs or even a few tomatoes or other vegetables and some marigolds.  Always plant some marigolds with your vegetables or in the flower garden to ward off some of those bad bugs.  They hate the smell!  When preparing your container for planting, line the bottom with newspaper to keep the soil in (you need holes for drainage), fill about 1/3 of the container with plastic recyclables, add your soil and you’re ready for planting!  If you have children or grandchildren, let them have their own garden.  A Recycling container is a great way to go.  Let them plant what they want and teach them how to look after what they are growing!  You will create a lot of pride in your child when they see what they can grow themselves!
With just finishing the School Program, I am just starting to think of potting up my own containers on my balcony.  The remaining plants in the greenhouse are healthy and in great shape. There are some beautifully coloured shade annuals like the Non-Stop Begonias and Fuchsias.  I picked up a couple of beautiful dark leaf Cannas called ‘Intrigue’, mouth-watering Non-Stop Deep Salmon Begonias, Dahlberg Daisies, ‘Sunsatia Lemon’ Nemesia, ‘Sedona’ Coleus and Lysmachia (creeping jenny).  I really loved the colour combination of these plants so I’m testing the Begonias this year to see how they will perform on my hot balcony.  Hopefully I will get enough shade in the hottest part of the day!  Of course, I had to pick up some Heliotrope for a separate container to enjoy the heavenly vanilla-scented perfume, especially in the evening. Nemesia is also one of my favourites for its fragrance.
We have some beautiful trailing plants in the greenhouse and keep in mind you can grow many of them as houseplants over the winter.  I over-wintered Lysmachia this past winter on my table near my balcony window.  I loved the colour and the way it trailed so freely, adding a touch of elegance to my table as it trailed over the edges.  I cut it back severely in March and it really bushed out nicely. The trailing stems root where they touch moist soil.  It’s a very versatile trailer as it shines in hanging baskets and containers, as a ground cover or spilling over walls; a beautiful foliage accent wherever it is grown.  It can grow in anything from light to full shade and tolerates full sun as well, with enough water.  
If you’re looking for a filler that will perform in the hottest of spots in full sun, try the Licorice plant (Helichrysum petiolare).  It has a tiny grayish leaf, has an upright habit, a height of 8 – 12” is great for containers or in the landscape and is hardy in our climate.
Variegated Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus Australis ‘Variegatus’) is also an attractive trailer for containers and hanging baskets.  It has an attractively marked leaf and roots very easily.  It makes a great houseplant in winter and enjoys being transferred to the outdoors come spring.  
Two of my favourite creeping plants for containers and baskets are the Kenilworth Ivy and the Variegated Creeping Charlie.  The Kenilworth has small leaves and fragrant violet-coloured flowers.  It enjoys shade or part shade, while the Creeping Charlie enjoys full sun to part sun.  I especially love the scalloped, variegated leaves of the Creeping Charlie.  The small, trumpet-shaped flowers add interest in late spring, making it a good choice for use as a ground cover or trailing from pots and baskets and it’s hardy to -40 F!!!
As I was wandering around the greenhouse trying to decide on what plants I wanted to grow in my containers, I spotted some graceful Fiber Optic Grass (Isolepsis (Scirpus cernus).  It really adds interest to containers and the landscape alike and grows well in full sun to part shade.  
Well, I hope I have peaked your interest and you will come out and have a look, and, if you have some empty containers (especially the 2 ¼ inch square pots) that I could use for the school program next year, please bring them along!
Arlene Ortiz (Wheeler)
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Friday, June 21, 2013

Jensen's School Program with Arlene Wheeler!

AAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Summer!!!!!! I’ve just completed the Jensen School program for this year. It ran from the beginning of April until the middle of June. I attended many different schools across the city and have taught over 2,000 children. Many thanks to the people who dropped off their empty containers for me!!! (Jensen’s supplied containers, soil and plants for the children!!!). I have had such a great time teaching gardening to all the children and the teachers and have had many wonderful and crazy experiences along the way. One morning while crossing the street to a school off Pembina Highway, I was stopped by 2 of Winnipeg’s boys in blue. They asked me if I was taking Mariuana plants to the school and then, they laughed their heads off. I had a tray of beans on my cart! We all had a great laugh! We have some wonderful, caring teachers with a lot of heart and there are many, many, many great kids out there. I feel so fortunate to have been able to meet so many of them, share some of my gardening tips and tricks and gardening riddles and be part of their world for a short time. I’ve enjoyed so many different renditions of our national anthem and it always warmed my heart when, after I had finished a class, so many children came up and gave me a big hug, even the challenging ones the teachers thought were not paying attention!. I remember finishing one class of grade one students at Sister MacNamara school right down in the core area. There was one of the cutest little girls standing in front of me when we finished and she said “I just have to do this”, and she gave me one of the biggest hugs. I’ve shed many a tear at school. Jensen’s and I have received so many thank you cards from the teachers and the children and I really would like to share some of these thank you messages with you. The children are precious; I’m not going to change a word of what they wrote. Enjoy! Thank you Ms Wheeler for coming to are school and thank you for the flowers. I like your rittles. Thank you from Peyton. I like the marigold. I learned about Jensen Nursery. I loved the riddles. Thank you Jensen Nursery and Ms. Wheeler. From Abby Thank you very much! I like my flower. I named my flower Bella. She is so cute and thank you for the flower and the coupon. From Sierra Thank you Mrs. Wheeler for teaching about the plants. I never new there were so many plants. You are awesome and thank you for the plants. They are awesome. I lernd about plants you are so so awesome at plants. Thank you from Whay Thank you for coming to our class. I really liked the riddles. I definetlay will give my tomatos some calcium! Thanks for coming from Alexander Thank you Mrs. Wheeler. You shod us cool ridels and at the same time tetcht us about flowers and vegtibals and we also maid a flower. It was great as am you. You techt us in a fun way. I lernd ridels. I was the girl in the pink sweter. From Roxy Thank you Mrs. Wheeler for coming and talking to us about plants! Ava Bishop and I were super happy with the plants you gave us! And agin tank you very much ok and I like your Nike shoes! Thank you Mrs. Wheeler for warming up our brains. From Bishep I learned that potatos have eyes but I thought it was freeky. From Tristan Thank you Mrs. Wheeler and Jensen Nurseries for letting us plant our own Marigolds! And for giving us a coupon for free seeds. I’m going to try to plant a flower in a recycling box and I’m going to water my Marigold every time I can!!! Thank you from Audrey. Thank you. I liked the jokes you told us. I learnd about plants that I didn’t know about. Thank you by Andrew Thank you for the coupon and the riddles and the advise for planting flowers, and food. Marilgold yeah, thank you for teaching me about planting stuff. Maybe I will come and visit you. Bye by Kaeluna Thank you I lernd a lot. And I had fun and I hope I see y agene. From Zack Thanks Mrs. Wheeler. I loved learning about plants. I lerned that marigolds come in different colours. I also learned that there are plants that only need to be planted once. Thank you from Hannah the girl at the end of the table with the crazy hair. I’m sitting here thinking how lucky I am!!! Thank you Kurt, Elsie, Tammy and Susan for giving so much back to the community and for allowing me to experience so many happy times that other people only dream of. Happy summer!!! By Arlene Ortiz (Wheeler)
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Friday, May 17, 2013

How to climatize your annuals and perrenials


We must remember to get our plants ready for the great outdoors where they will be subject to the elements of the season.  Most plants at many greenhouses and different places have been babied and have not been used to the wind and the direct sun.

 To make sure your plants are going to survive and be healthy and strong, put them first in a shady, sheltered area and then gradually move them into the sun and the wind for a few hours at a time.  You may have to do this for a few days before planting them out into the garden area or will they will eventually call home.  They will need a lot of water for the first while they are out so they don’t dry out and get stressed.  If they look wilted or the leaves become white (scorched by the sun), give them a good drink and move them back into a sheltered, shady area for a few hours before you move them back out again to where they will be planted.  If you have already planted them out into the garden area, you may have to shelter them from the hot sun and wind by using sheets, newspaper or cardboard boxes to cover them.  Plant out your sun plants first and then your shade plants.  If the temperature drops below 10 degrees at night, your shade plants may suffer and become stressed, so if you have a lot of planting to do, leave your shade plants until the temperature at night is 10 degrees or higher.  If you are planting your containers, the ideal time to plant is in the early evening.  They will then get the rest of the night to settle in before the hot, windy conditions of the day. 

 For the first week, just make sure everything is well watered and then after the first week once they are settled in, start your fertilizing program.  Most plants purchased have little to no food in the soil less mix they are grown in, so you must improve the soil with compost or fertilizer of some kind.  For blooming plants, I recommend a water soluble fertilizer with a high middle number to encourage bloom.  Miracle Gro 15-30-15 is a good one to use.  A fertilizer too high in nitrogen, the first number will encourage a lot of leaf, but little bloom.  If you follow this simple plan, you will have strong, healthy plants that will ward off a lot of insects and give you a lot of bloom throughout the rest of the summer!

Arlene Wheeler

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Friday, May 03, 2013

Live the Life! AND I need your Help!

I’m so very lucky! I have the best job in the world and the best partner in life who is the greatest support – how lucky can a girl get!

I’m in heaven these days. I get to go into schools all across the city, visit with so many great students and teachers; enjoy listening to all the various renditions of “Oh Canada” as their school day begins; talk to the students and teachers about gardening and what different vegetables need to grow strong and healthy; show them what they can grow in a recycling container; plant a plant with them so they have the experience of planting and being able to take a plant home to care for; talk about what plants need to grow; what we get from plants besides food and share some gardening jokes and riddles. I really enjoy being with the kids, they wear their heart on their sleeve; they are able to take in so much and are very eager to learn, eager to plant and also share their gardening experiences. Just when you think they’re not listening, they surprise you. Since I started teaching in the schools the beginning of April, I have visited 13 different schools and taught approximately 650 children and I have approximately 1,000 students left to plant with by mid June! So, I am appealing to you, if you have any small containers, approximately 2 ¼” x 2 ¼ “, please think of us and bring them in for us to recycle and to support our school program. Jensen’s supplies me with all the soil and plant material, so if I can get some more containers for the children to plant in, that would be a great help! These children are our future and I know we have some great gardeners coming up!

Arlene Wheeler
Gardening Teacher and Passionate Gardener
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Thursday, May 02, 2013

New Online Store!

Jensen Nursery and Garden Center announces the launch of our first Online Store! Jensen
Nursery's Online Store featuring all the latest garden decor to liven up your yard. For bird lovers
we have bird houses, bird feeders and bird baths! To attract butterflies and ladybugs to your yard
we have special butterfly and ladybug houses! We also sell all kinds of decorative garden animals
such as meerkats, geckos, butterflies, frogs, dogs, birds and more. Metal Wall Art at very
reasonable prices, funny signs, gnomes, pica dillies, and much more. if you need to decorate
indoors we also carry indoor decor. We are in the process of expanding our selection - so check
back weekly for more! Currently $500 gift certificates are on Sale for $450! We look forward to
helping you create a beautiful garden space and home!

We will be shipping all these items across Canada!
If you live in Winnipeg or close by you have the option of picking up your order at our store.
If you pick up in store you will not pay shipping charges and as a BONUS you will receive a FREE

We look forward to serving you!
The Jensen’s!

Butterfly House!
Butterfly House!

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Slippery, Slimy Slugs, Yuck!

 This is the time of year our hearts and minds turn to gardening and the great outdoors!  We live in Winnipeg, wait 5 minutes and the weather will change!

Think of some of the problem areas of your garden instead and this is the time of year to deal with them. 

Slugs are slimy creatures resembling snails that come up from the ground at night and make holes in your beautiful plants (they really love hosta), leaving a slimy white trail in their wake.

If you have had a problem with slugs in a particular area of your garden, now is the time to get out the fan rake and lightly rake the soil.  In giving the area a light raking, it will bring up all the eggs the slugs have laid and you will be providing food for all the birds coming into your yard, while reducing the number of slugs.  Often times they love to lay their eggs all along a sidewalk or walkway so rake the soil lightly along these areas. Be careful not to compact the soil by walking on it.  Take a long board out to the garden area with you to use to walk on so as not to compact the soil by walking on it. To encourage birds into your garden area, place some drier lint out by a shrub or tree.  They will soon find it to help build their nests and will help rid your garden area of slugs at the same time. 

Here are a few more tips to rid your garden area of Slugs.

  1. Ammonia Spray:  Mix 1 part ammonia to 10 parts of water.  Spray on slugs in early morning or late at night when they like to come out and do their damage.  It does not hurt the plants; however, you should be careful not to spray everywhere as it will kill the good insects as well.
  2. Barrier method: Around the base of the plants under attack, right around the stem, use baby powder or talc which will stick to their gummy bodies.  They will not go through it, or, if they do, it will kill them eventually.  An inch of sand, the coarser the better, like a moat, the sharpness of the grains make it unpleasant to impassable for most slugs.  Copper bands apparently cause a shock to slugs.  This can be bought in a tape form at most garden centers.
  3. Boiling Water: In the very early spring pour boiling water along any hard edge that is in contact with the soil of the bed.  This would be like a sidewalk, fence or edging material including large stones or rocks.  This will kill the eggs.  This can be challenging if you have huge spaces that fit this definition.  Apply in areas where there is a lot of moisture or shade where you are having a serious snail colony problem.
  4. Egg Shells – Save your egg shells, break them up and add around the plants in your garden that are affected.  They will help cut their skin and they will tend to keep away from your plants.

 If your slug problems persist, drop into our garden center and pick up some slug bait to rid your garden of the nasty, slimy ones!










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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Free Gardening Seminars

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It's Spring!
At least in our Greenhouse it is!
The flowers are blooming,the plants are growing, the greenhouse feels like summer!
We are having FREE GARDENING SEMINARS all day Saturday April 13, 2013
We are quite booked already from our Garden Club Members - but bring a lawn chair and we wil make room for you!
A FREE LUNCH will also be served! I ordered extra food so we won't run out.
If you are planning on coming for sure send me a email to let me know at [email protected]
As a bonus all gardening supplies, outdoor containers, and giftware will be 15% OFF the regular price for the day!
So drop by.....visit our summer room....attend  some great gardening seminars....and Save money!
See you Saturday!
Tammy Jensen

Saturday April 13th Seminars
9:15 - Jan Pederson from Bylands Nursery
"What's New and Exciting for 2013" a sneak peak of exciting new shrubs and trees for 2013! Followed by a question and answer session with Jan!

10:15 - Michael Allen, M.Sc.F, R.P.F.
Consulting Urban Forester, Tree Diagnostician and I.S.A. Certified Arborist - Viburnum Tree Experts
What is wrong with my tree?
Find out why there is no simple answer to this question!
Find out what the O.O.A.D. Approach to Tree Problems is.

11:15 - Gregory Funk from Jensen Nursery
Pruning 101 - An interactive and entertaining seminar on proper pruning techniques

12:15 - FREE LUNCH!!!

1:00 - William Dowie | BA, Master Gardener, LEED-AP O+M
Independent Consultant / Engaged Citizen - Helping Community through Sustainability
It's Hip to be Square! A permaculture Viewpoint on Square Foot Gardening

2:00 - Arlene Wheeler from Jensen Nursery
Arlene's Spring Gardening Tips! New Products for 2013! Everything you need to know to get started in your yard this spring!

3:00 - William Dowie | BA, Master Gardener, LEED-AP O+M
Independent Consultant / Engaged Citizen - Helping Community through Sustainability
Sharpened your tools? Now sharpen your mind - tips and tricks to design and build your yard


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Thursday, April 04, 2013

The "Alex" Basket by Jennifer

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 Alex is one of my favourite girls.  She was diagnosed with bone cancer - Ewing's Sarcoma - about fifteen months ago.  What do you do?  You sew her a quilt, make her a couple of hats and you get her favourite popcorn sent from Chicago.  In November you find out that she won that battle. 
But in December she was diagnosed with Leukemia, cause by the chemotherapy treatment for the bone cancer.  Now what do you do?  You bring food to the hospital to feed the family.  And then you ask your boss if you can plant some hanging baskets containing only pink flowers.  And that's what we did.  They are starting to grow and by May they will be beautiful.  For every one we sell $5 will go towards cancer research.
Alex is still in hospital, but she is a fighter. In May, when the weather is warm and the snow is finally gone I will bring her an "Alex" basket.  I'm sure she will like it.  
It's just what you do.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Hot and New Plants 2013

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What’s Hot & What’s New 2013
Jensen Nursery & Landscaping Ltd.

Tropical's/Elephant Ear persian palm, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Persian Palm
Alocasia  x ‘Calidora’  
4-6high &  2-3ft wide   
part sun – shade, wet
Deer resistant

Buddha’s Palm
Alocasia cuculata ‘Buddha Palm’
2-4 ft high & 1-2ft wide
part sun – shade, wet
Deer resistant

Borneo Giant Upright Elephant Ears
Alocasia macrorrhiza 'Borneo Giant' 
7 - 10ft high & 4 - 5ft wide
part sun – shade, wet
Deer resistant Elephant Ears Black Ruffle, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center, Winnipeg, manitoba

Purple Upright Elephant Ears
Alocasia plumbae ‘Nigra’
4-5 ft high 2-3ft wide
part sun – shade, wet
Deer resistant

Black Ruffles Elephant Ears
Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Ruffles’
4 - 5 ft high & 3 - 4 ft wide
sun to part shade, wet
Deer resistant

Elena Elephant Ears
Colocasia esculenta 'Elena'
24 - 36" high & 24 - 36“wide
sun to part shade , wet
Deer resistant banana Plant Zebrina, Winnipeg, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center

Mojito Elephant Ears
Colocasia esculenta ‘Mojito'
4 - 6 ft high & 3 - 4ft wide
sun to part shade, wet
Deer resistant

Thailand Giant Elephant Ears
Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’
7-9ft high & 4 - 5ft wide
sun to part shade, wet
Deer resistant
False Banana Plant
Ensete maurelii
5 - 6ft high & 4 - 5ft wide
sun to part shade, average

False Green Banana Plant
Ensete superbum
Grows 5-6 ft tallPansy Purple Rain, Winniepg, Manitoba, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center
bright green foliage
Full sun

False Banana Plant
Ensete glaucum
6-8 ft high
Bluish green leaves.
Full sun

Basjoo Banana Plant
Musa x ‘Basjoo’
very tough Banana Plant
8-10 ft high 4-5 ft wide
Full sun

Margarita Banana Plant
Musa x ‘Margarita’
Fast growing classic Banana look
Lime green foliage
6-8 ft high, part sun

Zebrina Banana Plant Canna Bird of Paradise, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center, Winnipeg, manitoba
Musa sumatrana 'Zebrina'
5 - 6ft high & 4 - 5ft wide
sun to part shade

Poquito Banana Plant
Musa x ‘Poquito’
3-4 ft high and 2-3ft wide
Bright green lush foliage
Part to full sun

Hybrid Begonia
18 - 20" high & 18 - 20“ wide
part sun – shade
Silver, purple and green variegation

Plum Paisley Begonia
Begonia ‘Plum Paisley’
12-15" high & 12-15” wide
part sun - shade
Deep variegated leaves with dark green, white to plum margins

Canna Bird of Paridise
5-6high & 2 - 3ft wide
sun to part shade
Blue green leaves, pink flowers

Australia Red Canna canna Erebus, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center, Winnipeg, manitoba
5-6ft high & 2 - 3ft wide
sun to part shade
Purple Reddish foliage, red flowers

Intrigue Canna
5-6 ft high & 2 - 3ft wide
sun to part shade
Narrow purple leaves, orange flowers

Erebus Canna
3-4 ft high & 2 - 3ft wide
sun to part shade
Green leaves, salmon pink flowers

Ermine Canna
3-4 ft high & 2 - 3ft wide
sun to part shade
Green leaves, pure white flowers

Canna Ra
5-6high & 2 - 3ft wide Kint Tut Grass, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center , Winnipeg, manitoba
sun to part shade
Green leaves, bright yellow flowers


Red Star Palm Grass
Cordyline australis 'Red Star'
24 - 30" high & 15 - 18" side
sun to part shade, dry
Deer resistant

Burgundy Design a Line Palm Grass
Cordyline x ‘Design a line burgundy’
Burgundy foliage that forms a tight clump
2-3 ft high
Part to full sun

Baby Tut Graceful Grass
Cyperus involucratus 'Baby Tut'
18 - 24" high & 14 - 20" wideFireworks Fountain Grass, Jensen Nurserya nd Garden Center, Winnipeg, Manitoba
sun to part shade
Can be used in ponds

King Tut Graceful Grass
Cyperus papyrus 'King Tut'
48 - 72" high & 36 - 48" wide
sun to part shade
Can be used in ponds

Fireworks Fountain Grass
18-24” high & side
Sun or part shade

Princess Fountain Grass
Pennisetum x ‘Princess’
Beautiful purple color of the Purple Fountain Grass 
but has a wider leave to give a more textured look.
Vigorous growing to 3 ft
New zEALAND fLAX, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center, Winnipeg, manitoba
Vertigo Millet
Pennisetum x ‘Vertigo’
Thicker blade, better dark purple coloring.
3-4 ft high Full sun

Toffee Twist Grass
Carex flagellifera
18 - 24" high & 15 - 18" wide
sun to part shade

Bronze New Zealand Flax
Phormium tenax atropurpureum
Very tough
Grows 4-5ft high
Full sun, deer resistant

Senorita Rosalita Cleome
Cleome Hybrid Regal Geranium baroness, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center, Winnipeg, Manitoba,
24 - 36" high & 14 - 20“ wide
sun to part shade
Deer Resistant, Butterflies

15 - 18" high & 12 - 15“wide
sun to part shade

Solenostemon scutellarioides
18 - 24" high & 12 - 15" wide
sun to shade
Deer Resistant, hummingbird

Coleus Marooned
24-36 inchesColeus EI brighto, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Sun or Shade

Keystone Copper Coleus
24-36 inches
Sun or Shade

El Brighto Coleus
24-36 inches
Sun or Shade

Merlin’s Magic  Coleus
10-12” high
Sun or shade

Wasabi Coleus
24-30 inches
Sun or Shade
/begonia plum paisle., jensen Nursery and Garden Center, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Sun Impatiens
Sun or Shade, hot dry, windy areas, will take frost
- 24-36” high and 18-24” spread
Compact Coral
Compact Magenta
Compact Orange
Compact Pink Blush

Garnet Lace Ipomoea
6-8” high and spreads to 36”
Bronze red foliage

Sweet Carolyn Bewitched Ipomoea
6-8” high and trails to 24”
Dark purple foliage

Picasso in Pink Supertunia
More compact then Pretty much Picasso
10-12” high and trails 36”coolwave pansy, jensen nursery andgarden center, winnipeg, manitoba

Pink Lemonade Suncatcher Petunia
Soft yellow petunia with pink tones
Excellent on containers

Inspired by the wave petunia line
Grows 8-10” high but spreads to 2ft
Excellent in baskets

Violet Wing Pansy

Purple Rain Pansy Cool Wave
Dark purple, cascading pansy
Will trail 18-24”

Asparagus Fern
Vigorous growing from 2-3 ft long
Excellent in mixed containers
Full to part sun

Luna Red Hibiscus
Shrub like, grows 2-3 ft high
Deep red flowers all summer/MinalobataJungleQueen, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Full sun, tolerates a wet area

Mina Jungle Queen
Full sun vine
Yellow and red flowers

Solanum Jasminoides White
Potato Vine
Fragrant white flowers, very vigorous, need support
Part sun

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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

School Gardening Program

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The Days Are Getting Longer!!!!!

The days are getting longer and spring will soon be around the corner.  I have been getting a number of calls and emails from teachers regarding our School Program.  It was a huge success last year and with the calls and emails I have been receiving, it looks like it will be another great year.  Jensen’s is a great supporter of the community and as such, supplies soil, containers, seedlings for the children to plant and a coupon for each child so they are able to drop in to Jensen’s for a free package of vegetable seeds or seedlings.  I go into the classroom, talk about gardening basics, container gardening, basic plant care and what plants give us.  I also have a number of gardening jokes and riddles for the children to solve.  We have a lot of fun.  I have taught children from daycare level to grade 6.
I have been teaching children’s gardening for over 18 years and have experienced first hand what gardening teaches children.  It teaches patience; respect of property; a greater respect for all living and growing things and it creates a greater sense of pride when they are able to create beauty or see something growing that they have planted or cared for.  Gardening also gets us outside for some much needed fresh air and exercise after being in so much over the winter. Gardening is very therapeutic and great for the soul!
If you are a teacher or teacher’s friend, please contact us as soon as possible so we can plan a date and time to come out to spread the good word about gardening!

Arlene Wheeler
[email protected]
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Gardening Saturday 2013

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It's Gardening Saturday time again!! We will be there with a large triple booth this year. We will have a complete Organic line with us as well as a huge selection of spring bulbs! We look forward to seeing you all there. If you are one of the first 800 in the door you will get a gift bag! ( I am putting a coupon for $10 free plants in ther- which more than cover your admission cost!)
Here is a little information I received on the event I thought I would pass on.......

Did you know that Gardening Saturday is Manitoba's largest gardening symposium and trade show? To date, Gardening Saturday 2012 was our most successful event with an estimated 2000 gardening enthusiasts who attended the trade show area and hundreds more who participated in the workshops.


Now it's time for Gardening Saturday 2013 on March 23rd from 9:00am - 4:00pm at the Canadian Mennonite University and we look forward to seeing you.


Be the first to get the latest gardening trends for 2013! Visit over 70 garden related displays and meet with horticultural related businesses, professionals and information booths. We will have a bustling food market, floral displays and educational demonstrations.

Do your garden projects include a water feature this year? Or a new retaining wall? Would you like to learn more about composting, vines, vegetable gardening, preserving or container gardening? Register for one of the 15 information packed workshops presented by local gardening experts.

One of the many highlights for Gardening Saturday 2013 will be Keynote Speaker Beckie Fox, Editor-in-chief for Garden Making magazine who will present on Container Gardening. We are also pleased to announce that our special guest speaker will be Sara Williams, noted author and Prairie Horticulturalist. Featured topic: Low Maintenance Gardening. 

For further information, please visit our Gardens Manitoba website Registration form will be posted to the workshop page soon. Payment can be made via online (available end of January), mail-in (see address below) or phone (204-895-4560). Visa and Mastercard accepted.

Early bird registrants will receive a tote bag, compliments of Ball Hort, filled with goodies: catalogues, handy information guides, discount offers to your favourite garden centres, and more!

Presented by the Friends of Gardens Manitoba

Got questions? Contact Richard Baschak,

Executive Director Friends of Gardens Manitoba at:

[email protected]

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Friday, January 18, 2013

My Seeds Are Sprouting – What Do I Do Now??????

I hope you have had some success in getting your seeds to sprout!
Once the seeds have sprouted, remove the cover.  When the seedlings are young, you may want to re-cover them for a few hours a day to keep them from drying out.
Over many years of growing my own plants, one thing that really helped me out was using a turkey baster to water the young seedlings.  I found I had better control over the amount of water I gave them, as opposed to using a watering can.  I often would use a spray bottle filled with water, however, in many instances, the young seedlings would be bowled over with the spray.  Always use warm water, NOT cool.
This is also the time to start fertilizing.  Use a water soluble fertilizer such as a 10-52-10. Add fertilizer to tepid water, as directed, and fertilize about every third watering.  A high middle number (phosphorous) will encourage a good root system; a high first number (nitrogen) will encourage too much leaf growth and the third number (potassium) will allow for better uptake of food and water from the soil and is good for the over-all health of the plant.  At this point, don’t over-fertilize and don’t over-water. 
Put the seedlings as close to your light source as possible to prevent the seedlings from “stretching”.  If you are using Fluorescent lights, keep your lights on for about 15 – 16 hours a day.  If you have them in a sunny spot in the house, make sure they don’t dry out from the heat of the sun.  You will also have to turn them every few days to encourage the stems to grow straight and prevent stretching.
Once the seedlings appear to be over-crowded, or have developed their second set of leaves, it is time to separate them and transplant them into little containers of their own, (about 1 ½” – 2”) large. Pick the plants up by the leaves, not the stem or roots when you are transplanting.  Make sure the containers you are using have holes for good drainage.  Peat pots are excellent ones to use as they allow the water to pass through and you won’t have to remove your plant when planting out into the soil as the peat pot will break down in the moist soil.  If you transplant seedlings into a container that is too large, you won’t see much new top-growth, however, the plant will be busy growing roots to fill the container.  At this point, you may want to switch to an all-purpose fertilizer (20-20-20).  I like using a very weak strength of fertilizer with every watering.
Almost all seedlings will grow into better, bushier plants if you pinch off their top growth after they’ve grown their second or third set of leaves.  Never pinch tuberous begonia or celosia.  As the seedlings grow, you may want to transplant them again into a container that is a little larger. You may also want to add some soil to your soil-less mix to train the roots to work their way through soil.  They will have a better time once they are finally planted into the garden.  You will then have some healthy, large plants to transplant outside once the weather warms (usually around May 24th).
As your seedlings grow, use a fan on them for a few hours a day to stress them a little.  Also, allow them to dry out a bit by missing a watering and a fertilizing once a week and put them in a cool spot at night. Your plants will be a lot stronger and more able to survive better on their own outside. 
Always harden off your plants before planting them outside by gradually getting them used to the conditions in which they are going to grow.  A plant that has been pampered with a lot of water, fertilizer heat and humidity will grow lush, green, tender foliage but will be the first to go into shock and keel over in our Manitoba sun and wind.  Always put your tender plants into a shady, sheltered spot for the first couple of days and then gradually introduce them out into the wind and sun. If your plants become withered or start showing signs of too much sun (white leaves), give them a good watering and put them back into the sheltered shade.  Your plants will soon become used to the conditions and be less likely to succumb to the harsh conditions of the outside.  A good rule to follow when planting is to plant your sun plants out first and then your shade plants.  Usually the shade plants are more tender and planting out too early (impatiens or begonia) will set them back or you may lose them if the nights dip down to below 10 degrees.
Many plants such as petunias, verbena, alyssum, dianthus, foxglove (foxy), snapdragons, gazanias, centaurea (batchelor button), rudbeckia (gloriosa daisy), sweet peas, chrysanthemum, cosmos and pansies can take a little cold and frost, but, be prepared to cover them if the risk of frost occurs soon after planting out.  Use newspaper, cardboard or sheets to cover.  Never use plastic as this draws the cold.
About a week after your plants have been planted outside, give them a good fertilizing (like a Miracle Gro 15-30-15 for all your blooming plants and an all-purpost 20-20-20) for all your leafy plants.  Continue to do so, according to directions, throughout the summer and you will have strong, healthy plants right through the season. 
Stay tuned for some more planting tips and tricks!
Arlene Wheeler
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Starting Seeds Indoors

Seeding both indoors and out can be challenging at the best of times, but, with a few tricks and tips, you can be most successful!

If you are starting some of your vegetable or flower seeds indoors, it is not necessary to have an expensive “Grow Light” set-up.  An ordinary cool white Fluorescent light bulb will do (or a sunny spot in the house}.  The secret is to keep your seeds and seedlings as close to the light as possible.  This will give you a firm and stocky seedling rather than a spindly one that looks like it has been stretched and is reaching for the light.  If you are using Fluorescent bulbs, give them about 15 hours a day under the bulbs.  A sunny window will also work well, but, be careful not to let the seeds dry out. Keeping your seeds too moist or too dry will deter germination.  Drop into the garden centre for a “soil-less” mix growing medium that mainly consists of peat moss, vermiculite and perlite.  It is light, fluffy and easy to work with.  It also helps the seedlings form an excellent root system for transplanting.  The first thing to do is pre-moisten the mix with hot water and then fill your container with soil.  I often use a plastic muffin container or strawberry container.  They have a lid attached so it creates a little greenhouse – perfect for germinating seeds. There are many different containers you can use for planting seeds.  An ordinary margarine or other container will do, just cover the top with a saran wrap after planting or put into a light see through plastic bag like you would put fruit and vegetables in when you buy from a food store, to create the same “greenhouse” effect.  Other seeds don’t like to be transplanted so sow them directly into little peat pots so they can be planted directly into the soil.  Some seeds are like dust (like Begonia seed), so just tap them onto the soil from your hand.  Gently firm the soil and then cover.  I remember a number of years ago planting Lisianthus seed for the first time with a friend.  We got the giggles and at the end of the planting, we weren’t sure if we had scattered the seed in the container or on the floor!
You can also save toilet paper rolls and by making about 3 or 4 one inch slits from the bottom, you can turn them into little containers for planting out.  They will break down in the moist soil, just as the peat pots do, and will allow the roots to grow through without problem. Some plants such as cucumber, celosia and sweet peas don’t like to be transplanted so sow them directly into the peat pots.  Other plants such as alyssum and lobelia can be grown in rows without being transplanted to larger containers. Simply pull them apart in little bunches and plant them outside in the soil or into containers when you are ready to plant.
Mix a product called “No-Damp in a spray bottle and spray on top of the seeded containers.  It is an anti-fungus and will prevent your seedlings from falling over after they have germinated. Some seeds germinate best in light and others best in darkness. If your seeds prefer darkness, cover the container loosely with tin foil or even some newspaper to keep the light out.  Other seeds germinate best when merely pressed into the top of the soil so they are exposed to light. Make note of this when you are reading about different plant varieties.
Some seeds will germinate better and faster with a little bottom heat. A few warm spots in the house would be in an oven with the light on; on top of a Fluorescent fixture on a light stand or beside a heat register.
Once you have had some success in germinating seeds indoors, you will wonder why you haven’t tried it before.
If you have some seeds that have been collecting dust around your house for years and you are wondering if they are still viable, place your seeds into a jar and half-fill the jar with warm water.  The seeds that float to the top are not good.  Another way to test seed is to take some of the seeds and put into a wet paper towel and put into a sealed plastic bag.  If they are good for planting, they will be sprouting in no time!
Most vegetables, except for the root crops (beets, carrots potatoes and parsnips), can be started inside for earlier crops.  Vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, melons, leeks and Spanish onions should be started indoors early to insure you will have crops later.  Corn needs heat to germinate so if you start seeds indoors in small peat pots a few weeks before planting outdoors, you will get a great jump on an early crop. You will also have much earlier Lettuce if you start seeds indoors and just a tip – Lettuce likes it cool so plant the seedlings outside early.  They can endure a lot of cold!
Drop into our Garden Centre and pick up a few packages of seeds to try!  Growing seeds indoors is a lot of fun!

Stay tuned next time to find out what to do once your seedlings
 Arlene Wheeler
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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Christmas Trees Galore and Free Delivery!

Wow do we have alot of Christmas Trees! Everyone has been very busy selling and delivering trees all over Winnipeg! Not everyone knows about our Free Delivery yet but it is catching on! I think we delivered about 40 Christmas Trees on sunday! We actually deliver to some areas outside of Winnipeg for free as well. So if you are from LaSalle, Sanford, Starbuck, Oakbluff, Headingly, East & West St Paul we will not charge you for delivery! Drop by or call - pick out your Christmas Tree and we will bring it to your door! If you buy a stand - or bring us yours we will put the stand on for you as well! We carry Balsam, Fraser Fir, Canaan Fir, Douglas Fir,Scotch PIne, White Pine, and Manitoba Spruce! We also have wreaths, centerpeices, outdoor Christmas Urns and Containers, Swags, and more. I actually made a cow out of greens! That was fun! I will add some pictures later! I have been too busy making Christmas Urns to download pictures!! If you want a custom wreath or Christmas Urn made just drop by and talk to me! Or call at (204)488-5042 and ask for Tammy. I can be emailed for Tree Orders or Custom Wreaths or Christmas Containers at [email protected].
If you have Winnipeg Harvest donations or Pennies for "Pennies from Heaven" drop them off or we can pick them up when we deliver your tree!
Hope to see you all out at the greenhouse soon! Oh by the way you get to shop indoors so it is alot warmer!
Our Christmas Hours are Monday 10-5 Tuesday 10-5 Wednesday 10-8 Thursday 10-8 Friday 10-8 Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 12-5.
Happy Holidays!
Tammy Jensen

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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Arlene's Information on Garden Clubs and Societies in Manitoba


I encourage all gardeners out there to hunt down a Garden Club or Society in your area and get out and enjoy the different programs available.  Over the winter months it’s so nice to get together with people that share your love of gardening.  Many of the Clubs offer workshops, seminars, junior gardener programs, garden tours, many knowledgeable and interesting speakers, and more.  I was with the East Kildonan Garden Club for many years and developed some great friendships with some wonderful, experienced gardeners willing to share their vast gardening expertise.  Gardeners are a special group of people. They always want to share and help all gardeners, especially those new to the gardening scene, that feel they know nothing when it comes to gardening.  The experienced gardener recognizes that they knew little when they started out.  Being involved with the Garden Club really added to my gardening knowledge and added much enjoyment in my life.

Some Clubs operate under the umbrella of the Manitoba Horticultural Association (M.H.A.) Other Clubs and Societies stand on their own. The M.H.A., a non-profit organization, established in 1895, promotes interest in horticulture and acts as a source of information to Association members and to the general public. The M.H.A. is holding their 115th Annual Convention in Brandon, January 17th, 18th and 19th, 2013 (a great winter retreat for gardeners).  They are offering some very interesting speakers and topics. Stefan Fediuk, Landscape Architect from the City of Windsor and formerly of the City of Winnipeg, will be speaking on Creating a Personal Paradise in the Garden; Lew and Tammy Wallace from Minnesota will be doing a demonstration on Arranging with Glads. They do a fabulous job.  Many of you will have seen their work displayed at St Vital Mall over the years, with the Glad and Dahlia flower show.  There are many other great guest speakers and topics such as Container Gardening With Herbs, Cacti and Succulents, Growing Tropicals in your Garden, Iris – the Median Alternative by the very experienced Barb Jackson.  Everyone will be wanting to here from Duayne Friesen from Ball Superior on “What’s New for 2013”.  There are many other interesting speakers as well.  Registration is on the Thursday with guest speakers continuing throughout the day on the Friday and Saturday. There will be a Banquet and Gardeners Auction on the Friday that is always a lot of fun. The cost is very reasonable and is a nice get-away in the middle of January. 
Check out the I Can Garden Website, for more information on the Convention and a garden club near you or you can email the M.H.A. directly at [email protected] There are 23 Garden Clubs and Societies under the M.H.A..

Following is a list of clubs that are not under the umbrella of the M.H.A.:

Steinbach & Area Garden Club
Gimli Garden Club
Friends of Gardens Manitoba (formerly Friends of the Conservatory)

Herb Society of Manitoba
Manitoba Orchid Society
The Manitoba Regional Lily Society
Bonsai Society of Winnipeg
Friends of the Beausejour Daylily Gardens
Landscape Manitoba
Manitoba Forage Seed Association
Manitoba People and Plants
Swan Valley Garden Club
Tent Town Garden Club

A lot of the club information can be found on the events calendar on the I Can Garden Web-site.

The Master Gardeners site also has club information,

If all else fails and you still need information on finding a club, please email me at  [email protected] and I will put you in touch with a great club near you!

Don’t forget to check out the Jensen Web-site for information on Gardening Seminars and Christmas Craft Classes in the up-coming months!

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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Arlene’s Houseplant Tips

Now that you have put your garden to sleep, it’s time to enjoy some indoor gardening.  With our efforts concentrated on our outdoor gardens in summer, most of us tend to neglect our houseplants.
Indoor plants can provide us with colour during the drab days of winter and also do a great job of cleaning our air.  Larger plants soften and blend with groups of furniture, while smaller plants enhance and adorn our tables and windowsills. Knowing your plant’s requirements and paying close attention to your plants will substitute for a “Green Thumb”.  Most foliage plants are native to tropical areas and enjoy a humid atmosphere with indirect light. If your plant does not receive enough light, it will soon let you know with yellowing leaves that will soon die.  A great way to increase humidity is to group your plants together or set them on trays filled with pebbles and water.  Avoid spraying your plants to increase humidity as this is only an invitation to insects and disease. 
Plants will sense the natural shortening of daylight hours and may go into dormancy as they would in their natural habitat. This is a period of inactivity where the plant remains alive but doesn’t grow.  This is a time when the amount of water and light should be decreased.  Most of our indoor plants die off because we water them too much.  Water only when the soil becomes dry to the touch about an inch below the surface.  Never allow the plant to sit in water as this will promote root rot.

Following are some of my houseplant tips.

1. Cut back on feeding houseplants.  This is the time of year the plants need a rest.  The best time to fertilize houseplants is from late January until the beginning of October.
2. Now is NOT the time to re-pot houseplants unless they are root-bound, that is, if the roots of your plant are coming through the drain holes; or if your plant has definitely outgrown its container, otherwise, the best time is in the spring.
3. Healthy houseplants require good air circulation, so it’s important to avoid over-crowding.
4. Wash the leaves of your plants several times a year.  Not only is dust unsightly on plants, it clogs the pores of plants leaves and filters sunlight before it reaches the plant.  Dust and grime can also harbor insects. With a soft cloth, wipe the leaves with lukewarm water with a bit of mild dishwashing soap or insecticidal soap added to it

5. Check your plants weekly for insects and disease.  If you didn’t isolate and spray your outdoor plants before introducing them into the house, you may have brought in some insects and disease.  Check the underside of the leaves as this is where most insects gather.  If you are checking your plants on a regular basis, you will catch a lot of the insects before your plant becomes infested.
6. Mealy bug – If your plant is a looking a little bit wilted and losing colour, your plant may have Mealy bug.  Their bodies are up to ¼” long and are covered in a white powdery wax.  They gather on the underneath part of the leaves and at the base of leaf stems.  Mealy bug is one of the hardest insects to rid your plant of.  Isolate your plant and spray it with an insecticidal spray or use a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol and remove them.  You may have to do this a number of times.
7. Aphids are another popular houseplant insect.  They are usually light or dark green, are very tiny, about 1/6th inch long and also cluster on stems and underneath leaves.  They will literally suck the life out of your plant and can also cause premature bud drop.  Use an insecticidal spray to control them, as well.
8. Scale looks like little bumps that collect along stems and at the base of leaves.  They cause a reddening of tissue wherever they feed.  The stems usually lose vigor and die.  They are controlled by using an insecticidal spray.
9. Whitefly – If your leaves are looking a little yellow, dry and dropping, your plant may be infested with Whitefly.  They are about 1/16th inch long and are white in colour.  If they are disturbed, they flutter about the plant. An insecticidal spray provides effective control, as do sticky tapes.
10. Keep your plants away from heat registers, hot or cool drafts and from warm appliances.  High room temperatures make the plant spindly; may cause blooming plants to drop buds or finish blooming prematurely and make them less resistant to insects and disease.

Following is a list of houseplants that are easy to care for and are great plants for a beginner:

1. Cactus (Cactaceae Family) – It loves the sun and seldom needs watering.
2. Dragon Tree – (Dracaena marginata) – It loves a bright location and good drainage.  (Don’t let its feet stand in water.)
3. Heartleaf Philodendron – (Philodendron scandens) – The Sweetheart is the most popular of the Philodendrons as it remains fairly small and drought tolerant.
4. Jade Plant (Crassula ovata) – This is a succulent foliage plant that’s happy in indirect sun and little water.
5. Mother-in-Laws Tongue or Snake Plant- (Sansevieria) – This plant has beautiful sword-shaped leaves, thrives in full sun or part shade, prefers dry air and soil and rarely needs repotting.
6. Ponytail Palm – (Beaucarnea recurvata) – This plant, which is often mistaken for a Palm, is actually a succulent.  It stores water in its swollen base so the occasional lack of water will do no harm.
7. Pothos or Devil’s Ivy – (Epipremnum aureum) – This plant is well known for its long, trailing stems that can grow to 8 feet or more.  If you forget to water every once in awhile, it is very forgiving; however, it doesn’t like to be waterlogged.  Cut it back a few times a year to make it bushy.
8. Spider Plant – Chlorophytum comosum) – This is a very dependable plant.  The stems produce little white flowers and are soon weighted down with little plantlets.  It prefers bright, indirect light.
9. Wandering Jew – (Zebrina pendula) – This is a beautiful plant with purple and green leaves and is a great one to add to your outdoor containers. It likes moist soil.  Pinch it often to keep it from getting leggy.
10. ZZ Plant – (Zamioculclas zamiifolia) – This is an easy going houseplant that thrives on neglect.  It tolerates low light, rarely needs fertilizing and is very forgiving if you forget to water.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Arlene's Lasagna Gardening Tips

Arlene’s Lasagna Gardening Tips

This is the time of year to take advantage of all the Carbon sources around to create a vegetable garden or flower bed without having to break your back doing it. It’s easy – no digging or tilling!  You’ll also be able to use all the compostable items from your yard and kitchen   NO meat or dairy please!!!
Lasagna gardening or sheet composting is an organic gardening method that results in fluffy, rich soil, with very little work. You are going to build a garden by layering nitrogen and carbon sources, similar to creating Lasagna.

Nitrogen sources:  grass clippings used coffee grounds
(Greens) used tea leaves or bags fruit & vegetable scraps
fresh weeds (no seeds) blood meal
alfalfa pellets composted manures

Carbon sources: leaves sawdust
(Browns) corn stalks (cut up) pine needles
peat moss straw
wood chips newspaper
cardboard shredded bark
dryer lint

To create a garden or flower bed, mow the grass or other vegetation as short as possible.  Loosen the soil underneath with a spading fork.  Remove the weeds.  Cover the area with 4 – 6 overlapping layers of newspaper or cardboard.  Wet the area thoroughly. Fill in the area with layers of Nitrogen materials (Greens) and Carbon materials (Browns), ending with Browns, to a minimum of about 18 inches in height. Ending with a Carbon layer discourages flies from laying eggs in the nitrogen, such as the kitchen scraps and composted manure, however, you will be creating an attractive playground for the earthworms to loosen up the soil as they tunnel through it.  To speed up the composting process, sprinkle the layers with a Compost Accelerator, as there is little or no heat reaction from the microorganisms to speed the process along. Cover with about 4 – 6 inches of a 4-way garden mix. By the time spring rolls around, the garden will be ready for planting.  The layers will have decomposed and it will look and smell like fresh earth. There will be no need for fertilizer next year!!!
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Container Gardening by Arlene

Arlene’s Container Gardening Tips

Container gardening can be a lot of fun and very rewarding. Here are some tips I’ve gathered through the years to be successful:

Choosing the right container


TIP - Choose a container that is at least 12” in diameter. Smaller containers dry out very quickly in hot weather. The container must also have drainage holes to allow for moisture to drain out if over-watering occurs or if they are out in rain.

There are many different containers to choose from to hang or place on the ground. There are wire baskets with a coco liner or lined with sphagnum moss; plastic, fiberglass, self-watering; glazed, terra cotta, metal and wooden containers.
TIP - When using clay or terra cotta, soak the container in a tub of water until the air bubbles subside before you pot them up, to avoid drying out the soil. Also, place a saucer of water underneath to keep them moist.
TIP – When using baskets lined with either a coco liner or sphagnum, put a plastic liner punched with holes, over-top of the coco or sphagnum liner and then plant your plants. The basket will not dry out so quickly.

Darker coloured containers attract the heat more than lighter coloured ones, so keep that in mind if you plan on spending weekends away. Use light coloured containers for the sunny spots.

Choosing the right soil

A peat based soil less mix dries out more quickly than a quality potting soil. Choose a quality potting soil specific for containers or hanging baskets that contain key nutrients. Consider using a product such as Soil Moist that contains water crystals that hold water and release it into the soil as it dries. Soil Moist is added to the soil before you plant. Add compost to enrich your soil.
TIP – Don’t use soil from the garden as it will compact, be heavy and may contain insect or disease.

Choosing the right plants

Choose the right plants for the conditions (sun or shade). If you get away on the weekends and have your hanging baskets or containers in hot dry sun, choose annuals such as Geraniums, Strawflower, Portulaca, Million bells, Osteospermum, Cosmos, Lantana. Scaevola, Marigolds, Heliotrope, Salvia, Celosia, Verbena, Gazania, Ice Plant, or Castor Bean, to name a few, that will tolerate a lot of hot and dry.

Keeping your plants healthy

Add compost to enrich the soil before you plant or use a slow release fertilizer that breaks down with heat and moisture.  Some slow release fertilizers last for up to four months.  If you haven’t improved the soil, you may also want to use a water soluble fertilizer or an organic fertilizer such as sea weed or fish emulsion to supplement until the slow release fertilizer starts breaking down.

Remove the spent flowers by removing the flower head right back to the stem to keep the plant from going to seed.

Checking for insects and disease
Check for insects and disease regularly and deal with the problem immediately before the plants gets stressed or destroyed.

Water your hanging baskets or containers slowly to insure the entire container is moist.  For hanging baskets, you may want to submerge the basket in a bucket of water until air bubbles subside. This way you know the basket is very well watered.
TIP – The feeder roots will gravitate to the outside of the container so make sure the soil at the edges of the container is well watered.
Water bulbs are available to fill and leave in your container when you are away.  I have also filled 2 litre plastic bottles, punched a few holes in them and turned them upside down in a large to container to drip water slowly into the soil when I am away for a few days.

The use of mulch in containers also helps keep in moisture and keep the soil cool.

TIP – if you are going to be away for a number of days and are not able to have someone come in to water while you are away, you might consider moving smaller baskets and containers inside or into a shady, sheltered area outside to keep them from drying out in the hot sun.

TIP – If you have planted perennials or shrubs in containers for the summer, make sure you remove them from the container and get them planted into the ground by the middle to the end of September to insure they settle in before winter.

These are some tips that I have used over the years to keep my hanging baskets and containers looking in top shape all summer long!  If you keep your plants healthy, they will be able to survive on their own through periods of both drought and a lot of rain!

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Thursday, July 05, 2012

Arlene’s favourite Drought Tolerant Shrubs

Arlene’s favourite Drought Tolerant Shrubs

Over the years I have grown many shrubs that, once established, are drought tolerant.  When you plan your garden (and I am one that doesn’t want you to be a slave to your garden and wants to save you money on the watering), please consider planting some of the following shrubs.  They are beautiful, and, when combined together can give you a great effect, with little work and much less water.

1. Potentilla – this is a shrub that flowers all summer long, from June until frost.  They come in beautiful colours; bright yellow, white, pink and a mango-yellow colour.  Mango Tango was one of Dr. Louis Lens’ creations and he was with the University of Manitoba.  They are deer resistant, are very hardy and also attract butterflies.  They like to be pruned yearly, after their leaves have dropped in the late fall or in early spring before they start to leaf.
2. Barberry – one of my very favourites! They have beautiful burgundy foliage and berries for winter effect; are deer and rabbit proof because of their prickly stems and look great, especially combined with a gold leaf shrub or perennial.  They come in a number of different varieties and look good from spring until their leaves drop in late fall.
3. Junipers – both spreading and upright.  They look great all year round! They range in green to blue to yellow; add a lot of texture, height and interest to your garden and are more tolerant of dry, sunny locations than are cedars.  Some varieties are spreading and others are upright. Some have silvery blue foliage, others are gold and others are blue green.
4. Spirea – Another one of my favourites that I have grown. They are beautiful, yet tough plants that tolerate a variety of soil conditions. They are also deer resistant. Some have lime green foliage that flowers in early summer, while other varieties have dark green foliage with red tips that turn purple in fall.  They are worth checking out.
5. Mugho Pine - They come in a dwarf variety that grows to four feet high, is a dense, low growing mounded evergreen. The regular Mugho Pine grows to 8 feet high and wide and looks great as a background plant or in mass plantings.

These are just a few of my favourites, but, check out our plant catalogue for many more that can add interest to your garden and require little work and, once established, very little water!!!
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Well, this is the time for planting – finally!!!

We must remember to get our plants ready for the great outdoors where they will be subject to the elements of the season.  Most plants at many greenhouses and different places have been babied and have not been used to the wind and the direct sun. To make sure your plants are going to survive and be healthy and strong, put them first in a shady, sheltered area and then gradually move them into the sun and the wind for a few hours at a time.  You may have to do this for a few days before planting them out into the garden area or will they will eventually call home.  They will need a lot of water for the first while they are out so they don’t dry out and get stressed.  If they look wilted or the leaves become white (scorched by the sun), give them a good drink and move them back into a sheltered, shady area for a few hours before you move them back out again to where they will be planted.  If you have already planted them out into the garden area, you may have to shelter them from the hot sun and wind by using sheets, newspaper or cardboard boxes to cover them.  Plant out your sun plants first and then your shade plants.  If the temperature drops below 10 degrees at night, your shade plants may suffer and become stressed, so if you have a lot of planting to do, leave your shade plants until the temperature at night is 10 degrees or higher.  If you are planting your containers, the ideal time to plant is in the early evening.  They will then get the rest of the night to settle in before the hot, windy conditions of the day.  For the first week, just make sure everything is well watered and then after the first week once they are settled in, start your fertilizing program.  Most plants purchased have little to no food in the soil less mix they are grown in, so you must improve the soil with compost or fertilizer of some kind.  For blooming plants, I recommend a water soluble fertilizer with a high middle number to encourage bloom.  Miracle Gro 15-30-15 is a good one to use.  A fertilizer too high in nitrogen, the first number will encourage a lot of leaf, but little bloom.  If you follow this simple plan, you will have strong, healthy plants that will ward off a lot of insects and give you a lot of bloom throughout the rest of the summer!
Arlene Wheeler
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Monday, April 30, 2012

Spring Gardening Tips

Spring Gardening Tips

If you have covered your perennials or roses with leaves or flax straw (which is a great winter protection for your plants), now is the time to be taking it away.  Do it slowly.  Remove it from the area directly around your plants to allow the plants to breathe.  Don’t put it too far out of reach as you may have to bring it back as protection if our temperatures drop too far below zero at night.  The emerging perennials will be able to endure a lot of cold but remember it’s still too early to be planting out newly purchased perennials. Jensen’s carries some beautiful perennials very hardy to our area. Keep in mind if you really like a perennial, that requires sun, and you have no room left in a sunny spot, all perennials will grow in the shade.  They may not grow as large and they may not flower the way they would in sun, or have smaller blooms, but, they WILL grow.  Don’t deprive yourself of a “Must-Have” perennial.  Give it a try.  You may be pleasantly surprised!
Also, if there are areas of your garden where the soil needs amending, now is the time to enhance the soil to get the area ready for planting.  Drop in for a soil tester to find out if your soil is too acidic or alkaline.  In our clay soil, peat moss is a good product to use as to increase the acidity level in our alkaline soil and it also improves the texture and provides for improved drainage.  Clay soil tends to be very compact and makes it difficult for roots to grow.  Empty the peat moss into a wheelbarrow or muck bucket and add water.  Mix it until it is thick and resembles soil and then dig it into the area.  It is much easier to work with and it won’t be flying away to your neighbours when you start to dig it in. Compost, mushroom manure and sheep manure are also excellent products to use for soil amendment.  If you have an area where your perennials require a lot of acid in the soil and you have evergreens in the yard, save your evergreen clippings and place them around that area.
If your soil is too acid, use a Dolomite Lime to increase the alkaline level.  It is more finely ground and will break down faster in the soil.
Also, if you have recently removed an evergreen tree from the yard, that area will need a Lime to enable grass to grow. This is the perfect time of year to get the area ready for seeding as most lawns prefer a soil that is nearly neutral; in the range of a PH level of 6.5 – 7.2 (PH 7.0 is neutral).
The majority of plants grow best in a PH level of 6.5 – 7.2 as well.
Tomatoes enjoy a handful of Dolomite Lime when planting and periodically throughout the grow season to discourage Blossom End Rot (the black end on the Tomato).
Stay tuned next time for more “Spring Gardening Tips”

Arlene Wheeler

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Slippery, Slimy Slugs, Yuck!

This is the time of year our hearts and minds turn to gardening and the great outdoors!  We live in Winnipeg, wait 5 minutes and the weather will change! 

Think of some of the problem areas of your garden instead and this is the time of year to deal with them.

Slugs are slimy creatures resembling snails that come up from the ground at night and make holes in your beautiful plants (they really love hosta), leaving a slimy white trail in their wake.
If you have had a problem with slugs in a particular area of your garden, now is the time to get out the fan rake and lightly rake the soil.  In giving the area a light raking, it will bring up all the eggs the slugs have laid and you will be providing food for all the birds coming into your yard, while reducing the number of slugs.  Often times they love to lay their eggs all along a sidewalk or walkway so rake the soil lightly along these areas. Be careful not to compact the soil by walking on it.  Take a long board out to the garden area with you to use to walk on so as not to compact the soil by walking on it. To encourage birds into your garden area, place some drier lint out by a shrub or tree.  They will soon find it to help build their nests and will help rid your garden area of slugs at the same time.

Here are a few more tips to rid your garden area of Slugs.
1. Ammonia Spray:  Mix 1 part ammonia to 10 parts of water.  Spray on slugs in early morning or late at night when they like to come out and do their damage.  It does not hurt the plants; however, you should be careful not to spray everywhere as it will kill the good insects as well.
2. Barrier method: Around the base of the plants under attack, right around the stem, use baby powder or talc which will stick to their gummy bodies.  They will not go through it, or, if they do, it will kill them eventually.  An inch of sand, the coarser the better, like a moat, the sharpness of the grains make it unpleasant to impassable for most slugs.  Copper bands apparently cause a shock to slugs.  This can be bought in a tape form at most garden centers.
3. Boiling Water: In the very early spring pour boiling water along any hard edge that is in contact with the soil of the bed.  This would be like a sidewalk, fence or edging material including large stones or rocks.  This will kill the eggs.  This can be challenging if you have huge spaces that fit this definition.  Apply in areas where there is a lot of moisture or shade where you are having a serious snail colony problem.
4. Egg Shells – Save your egg shells, break them up and add around the plants in your garden that are affected.  They will help cut their skin and they will tend to keep away from your plants.

If your slug problems persist, drop into our garden center and pick up some slug bait to rid your garden of the nasty, slimy ones!
Arlene Wheeler
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring at Jensen's Garden Center!

Well this is it - Spring is here! The greenhouse is looking like a tropical house. I went in there briefly today...closed my eyes and pretended I was in a tropical paradise! Then reality set in and I got back to work getting ready for our first spring seminars this saturday! The false banana plants, elephant ears, and cannas are as big as they were by the end of May last year! The containers are starting to fill out, and people have already been buying the ones with the most flowers on! Our greenhouse is set up, the showroom is filled with new giftware and pottery, and all the bark and soil products have arrived! We finally got claybuster in this year! You mix it into your flower beds to break that clay up! Greg has been out doing estimates and consultations for us. Things are shaping up to be a great year! I look forward to seeing all the familiar faces again this year! All the great staff that were with us last year are all returning for another season! This is the first year I have not had to do any hiring at the garden center. Thank you to everyone that has applied for a job over the last few months! We can only hope for a extremely busy season which would mean more job openings!!

This saturday we are having seminars! The first 2 have booked up, but we have openings for the 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 seminars. They are free so drop in and take advantage of some great gardening advice. The 2:30 seminar has just been added! Grant Dunn will be coming by to answer all your questions about how to use all of the fertilizers, chemicals, and other garden products that we carry! He is extremely knowledgable and highly recommend this seminar if you have any disease, insect, or general concerns with your lawn, gardens, trees, and shrubs! If you are interested in the first 2 seminars email me and I can let you know if there are any cancellations over the next few days! IF YOU ARE NOT ON OUR EMAIL LIST SIGN UP TODAY. YOU WILL RECEIVE ADVANCE NOTICE OF OUR NEXT FREE SEMINARS! (we book up fast so if you are on our email list you get first chance at attending!)

I was going to take some pictures of the new giftware, and the greenhouse today but ran out of time! So the pictures below are a week or two old! The plants have grown alot in the last 2 weeks! Myself and all my staff look forward to helping you with all your gardening needs this spring!

Tammy Jensen
 ps - Here is my link to Facebook. I post alot of pictures on there if you want to see all the new stock as it arrives - FACEBOOK FANPAGE OR JENSENNURSERY
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Jensen's Greenhouse on McGillivray Blvd, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Peeing Pug at Jensen's Garden Center

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Gardening Saturday 2012 -This Saturday!!!! See you there!

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Come and see our booth #5 and #6 at Gardening Saturday on March 31, 2012. Arlene from Jensen's will be holding a seminar on gardening with kids. Bring the kids down and give them a chance to do a bit of planting! Call 895-4560 to book, or go online to www. to register. We will be having free demonstrations at our booth at 11 am and 2 pm! Hope to see you all there!
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fresh live christmas trees delivered right to your door!

Do we sell Christmas Trees? That is a question I have been getting lately. You bet we do! We have Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir, Nordman Fir. Manitoba Spruce, Cannan Fir, Scotch Pine, White PIne, and Noble Fir! If you live in Winnipeg, LaSalle, Sanford, or Oakbluff we OFFER FREE DELIVERY! Just drop by and pick out a tree, pick a delivery date, and we will show up with your Christmas Tree! If you are so busy that you just don't have time to drop in, we can pick out a tree for you. Just call us at 204-488-5042 and let us know what kind of tree you want and we will pick out a beautiful Fresh Christmas Tree for you. If you need a stand we also have some great stands for only $26.99 that will support up to a 10' tree. We also have larger stands for $32.99 that are good for a tree up to 12'. These stands make it possible for only 1 person to set up a tree! And they hold lots of water! 

We also have everything else you need to spruce up your entrance! We make custom wreaths, outdoor containers, swags,and garland. If you bring in a pot you would like to have turned into a beautiful container, we can have it ready in 2 days for you! Just bring me the pot (or I have urns for sale for $22.99) , pick out your decorations, and I will create a beautiful outdoor container for you. I made 1 yesterday for a customer, and had to duplicate it for someone else before the day was up. I think today I will start making more urns so that they are ready to go.We also have a variety of evergreen boughs if you would like to take some home and make your own outdoor container. If you would like to learn how we have craft classes to teach you. Just call and we can let you know when we have openings! We also a wreath making class. For $13 you can make your own wreath! Decorations are extra. I have a great selection of picks, pinecones, and berries at very reasonable prices! They are for sale if you need a few craft supplies and don't want to stand in line at our local craft store!
Update - sold out of stands but we got more christmas trees! So call or drop by today and take advantage of our FREE CHRISTMAS TREE DELIVERY SERVICE in Winnipeg, Sanford, LaSalle, and Oakbluff!! Delivery driver working friday, saturday, and sunday!

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Outdoor Decorative Christmas Urn!

See you soon,
Tammy Jensen, and the staff at Jensen's

Jensen Nursery and Christmas Shop
2550 McGillivray Blvd
[email protected]

Mon, Tues 10-5
Wed - Fri 10-8
Sat 9-5
Sun 12-5

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Sue's First Blog - by Sue the Other Sister!

Well, I decided it was time. It’s only been a year since my dear sister, Tammy asked me to write a blog. With my track record I figure I’m right on schedule. I can hardly believe that it’s time to make the switch from Landscaping to selling Christmas trees.

We’ve been having a lot of fun finishing the last few jobs. The last two weeks have been working at the Youth for Christ Building at Main and Higgins. It absolutely amazes me that you can have so many trades people, trucks and equipment on one site and nobody hits anything. This particular site being down town was the dreaded site of the year. Due to the lack of parking, vehicle and people traffic I was picturing this site as a nightmare. I was pleasantly surprised that everything when extremely well. The trades people and site supervisors have been amazing. All the different trades have worked together with efficiency and grace. There was not a day where I felt we were hindering someone else’s job. Everyone seemed to work together making sure that they were not undoing each other’s work.

We even got a few surprises. Shortly after remarking that I seemed to have a horseshoe stuck in a particular part of my body. This was said because everything on site fell into place just perfectly. From the tree delivery, soil drop offs to the excavator John who helped us out. Mark and Scott actually dug up an old Horseshoe. It looks like it may be from the early to mid 1900’s. It will soon be hanging above our garage door with hopes that it will continue to bring us all more luck.

Well as we wrap up our landscaping season another time is upon us. Yes it is here!!!! I’ve been waiting for this all year. IT’S FINALLY HERE, IT’S FINALLY HERE. It’s time for me to go from the hardhat, safety vest wearing Landscape Girl to...... CRAFT GIRL. Yes that’s right CRAFT GIRL. Instead of thinking about tree planting, semi loads of soil and mountains of Cedar Bark. My head in filling with designs for Outdoor Containers, Center Pieces, and Wreaths, and of course Bow making. So please come by with your containers or ideas and let us help you add some beauty to your Christmas.

Or stop by and pick out the perfect Fresh Christmas Tree. We have an amazing selection of Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Noble fir, Nordman Fir and some Manitoba Spruce. You can shop indoors, pick your tree and have us deliver it for free. ( within Winnipeg, Oak Bluff, Sanford or LaSalle )

Have a Happy Christmas Season!!!

Susan Jensen Stubbe
(The Other Sister)

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Fall Yard care - after the drought

FALL YARD CARE –after the drought
by  Tammy Jensen

The summer of 2011 has been great if you love the beach! However if you like to garden it has been a challenging year. The spring brought us too much water, and July brought us too little water! The plants has suffered from fungus, mildew, blights, and infestations of aphids, red lily beetle, and more. Our lawns are green only in patches. Those patches (at least on my lawn) seem to be weeds. The actual grass appears to have gone into dormancy for the year. There is though some things you can do to help get your yard back on track. Here is a fall guide to help you give your yard a boost so that it will be back in shape for the 2012 gardening season.

  • Spot treat visible weeds with “Killex”.
  • Instead of fertilizing this fall apply “Myke Turf”. Fertilizing could burn the dry stressed grass. “Myke Turf” will not burn, and is a natural product. It reduces    watering needs, and increases drought tolerance. It will also promote root growth, to give you a more lush lawn next year.
  • Rake and clean up all leaves and debris from lawn.
  • Top-dress and over seed to improve the appearance of your lawn. This can be done after the 15th of October.
  • Spray with “Plantskyd” to protect against vole damage. This can be done at the end of October or before snowfall.
  • Cut the grass short to a height of 2 ½” at the end of October. A lower height will help soil dry more quickly in the spring. This will also help prevent vole damage.

  • Dig up and discard annuals, and vegetable plants to put in your compost pile. Dig up and discard any weeds in the garbage. Rake up any fallen leaves and debris in your flower beds. Fallen leaves can hold diseases that may overwinter.
  •  Remove summer bulbs and store in peat moss or vermiculite indoors for the winter.
  •  Apply “Liquid Gypsum” to your flowers beds, and gardens. This can safely be sprayed on soil as well as plants. It is a soil conditioner that will soften hard and clay soils. It also improves soil drainage and helps maintain a healthy balance of nutrients for the plants.
  •  Get your beds ready for fall planting or spring gardening. Add organic matter such as peat moss, coco, compost, or soil booster. This can help improve aeration and drainage, as well as supply nutrients. This can be done in addition to liquid gypsum to give the soil a really good boost for next year.
  • Plant your tulips using bulb food and fresh garden soil. Soak the bulbs in “Plantskyd” prior to planting to prevent squirrels from digging them up!
  • Plant shrubs, evergreens, and perennials. Early fall planting gives new plants enough time to get their roots established before winter. Use a growth supplement such as “Myke” to help stimulate healthy roots, and prevent transplant shock.


  •  A treatment of “Myke” can be given to any shrubs or trees that have been stressed or not growing well. This is done by putting holes in the ground around the root ball of the shrub or tree. The “Myke” is poured down the holes, then watered in.
  •  If your plants have had problems with fungus, mold, mildew, blight, or insects Dormant Oil will prevent these from wintering over. It can be applied once the leaves have dropped if the temperature is above 5 °C. It also can be applied in early spring when the buds on the plants are swollen, but before they leaf out.
  •  Perennials can be moved or split safely now. Use a growth supplement such as “Myke” to stimulate new root growth.
  •  Apply “Plantskyd” to protect from winter animal damage. Skoot can be used as an alternative but not until plants are dormant. (leaves have dropped) Be sure to spray as high as animals can reach after the snow has fallen. Be sure to spray right to ground level to prevent vole damage on the base of trees.
  •  Spring flowering perennials can be cut back. Fall flowering perennials can be left to enjoy over the winter.
     At the end of October peat moss can be mounded around sensitive plants and perennials to protect over winter.
     Water regularly till the ground is frozen.

  • If evergreens have been stressed over the summer a treatment of “Myke “ around the roots will help it repair any root damage that may have occurred.
  • Throughout September and October water evergreens weekly so they can build up their water stores until spring. The moisture is important to help them through our harsh winters.
  • Any cedars that are in a sunny location can be sprayed with an antitranspirant “Wilt-Pruf” to protect against spring moisture loss.
  • Any newly planted cedars can be protected with burlap and a frame made with wooden stakes. It is very important that the burlap does not touch the cedars.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Free Gardening Seminar - Saturday September 17, 2011


9:30 -11:00 FALL YARD CARE – Susan Jensen Stubbe & Grant Dunn
The drought this summer has been very tough on our plants, trees, lawns, and gardens. Fungus, mildew, insect infestations, dry lumpy soil, and lawns you would rather not look at! What can be done to help revive our yards? Susan and Grant will discuss solutions to reverse the damage. There will be a question/ answer period at the end for fall yard care questions you may have. Special discount will be given on all yard care products to everyone who attends!

11:00 -12:00 FREE LUNCH - Sandwiches, and Carrot Cake!

Bill Dowie - Ecoplicity Enviromental
Upcyling – Refurbishing and reinventing household objects – is a new spin on recycling. Bill, our guest designer, will share his own adventures in taking old “junk” from lumber, and metal parts and creating object d’art and focal points. Since the City of Winnipeg’s “Giveaway Weekend” is the previous weekend, bring in a found object and Bill will facilitate an imagination session with your fellow participants! Feel free to bring in some extra “pieces” for trading!

1:00 - 1:45 FLOWERS IN THE SHADE – Tammy Jensen
One of the most common design questions I get is “What will grow in a shady spot that blooms?” I will be going over all the shrubs and perennials we carry for the shade that does flower! Bring sketches, pictures, or measurements of the shady area you want to plant in. At the end of the seminar we can help you design a small shade garden, or help you find the right shade perennial for a particular location.

2:00-2:45 TULIPS AND FALL BULBS - Karl Sorenson
What is new and exciting this year? How do I plant? What do I need to do to have beautiful tulips and bulbs in the spring? Karl will take you step by step through everything you need to know! Special discount on bulbs will be given to all who attend!

3:00-3:45 PRUNING – Gregory Funk
Greg loves pruning! Shrubs and trees love to be pruned. Learn from an expert how to properly prune your shrubs and trees this fall.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Kid's Gardening by Arlene Wheeler

Kids’ Gardening
When I’m not enjoying life at Jensens, I’m enjoying teaching kids gardening. As a Garden Coordinator for Winnipeg Harvest, I have been fortunate to be able to attend many classrooms, daycares, churches and other places the past couple of years to teach the ‘Blue Box Gardens’ program (planting corn, beans and squash in a blue recycling bin), a new initiative under the Kids Who Care program. Using the ‘Three Sisters Garden’ as a teaching method, the connection between the land and the community is exemplified. It is a very symbolic garden consisting of Corn, the oldest sister, standing tall in the centre, providing support; Squash, the middle sister growing over the mound, protecting her sisters from weeds and keeping the soil cool and moist with her large leaves and Beans, the youngest sister climbing through the squash and then up the corn to bind all together. Each of the sisters brings and takes a different nutrient from the soil. All the planting is done in a blue recycling box. The program teaches basic container gardening and what plants need to grow. Containers can be easily moved to a sunny spot in the yard or taken with you if you are moving to a different place. You would be amazed at the vegetables that can be grown in a container. At Winnipeg Harvest we have onions, corn, beans, squash, cauliflower, cabbage and many other vegetables growing both in blue recycling bins and raised beds.
Gardening teaches so much to both children and adults alike. Gardening teaches patience, respect of property, a greater respect of all living and growing things and it gives a great sense of pride. Gardening is great for the soul. My friend, Kevin Twomey from T&T Seeds and I were speaking about this a few days ago. Kevin says gardening time is ‘thinking time’, and he’s absolutely right. It’s a peaceful place where we can work on our own, collect our own thoughts, create beauty, grow some vegetables and forget about all the problems of the world. One of the best places to connect with children is in the garden. A garden can be a magical place of mystery and wonder and this leads to knowledge. Children will blossom right along with the flowers when they are included in ongoing garden projects. Sign up today for one of our Saturday Family Day gardening classes at Winnipeg Harvest. Bring the family for half hour to an hour session. If you are unable to come down on a Saturday and you are part of a daycare, church group or any other group or club and would like me to come out to teach our program, call Winnpeg Harvest and we’ll arrange a time. We’ll have some fun and you will soon see what can be grown in a container! There is no charge for any of our programs!

Riddle for kids – Why do potatoes make good detectives?????

Answer – Because they have a lot of eyes!
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Monday, July 04, 2011

Freckles, Religious Radish and Texas Parking Lot by Arlene Wheeler

“What does that have to do with plants and gardening”?, you say.

I had the opportunity on Saturday to take a walk through the beautiful English Gardens at Assiniboine Park. If you haven’t done so in a while, now is the time! Take a look at some of the plants they have grouped together and how fantastic they look. Some of the combinations are really pleasing to the eye. It will give you some great ideas for your planters and gardens for next year. Take a pen and paper to make some notes. The bright orange poppies planted in front of the white cascading blooms of the Bridal Wreath Spirea are always one of my favourite combinations and the peonies in front of the Conservatory are breathtaking. The staff at the park has given us an amazing display of beauty.
Freckles, Religious Radish and Texas Parking Lot are actually names of different varieties of Coleus. Freckles, with its rusty orange leaves splashed with a gold/yellow is planted with a beautiful orange impatiens and next to a new colour of impatiens that is light peach with a bright orange splash on each petal. What a beautiful combination! In another area they had interspersed Religious Radish Coleus, a Coleus with a great touch of a raspberry colour, together with a variegated Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum X Advena) called Fireworks. Another interesting and beautiful combination! In the Leo Mol garden, you will find the Texas Lot Parking Lot Coleus. What interesting names for some great new Coleus! Many of the newer varieties of Coleus tolerate a lot of sun, not like the older varieties. Coleus can be grown indoors as a houseplant through the winter and you will be able to start many plants from one mature Coleus plant. At Jensen’s, we still have some beautiful containers with some great looking Coleus that you can grow on for many months to come and at the end of the season, you can take them in and enjoy them indoors through the winter!
If we want peace, we have to be peaceful, if we want Paradise, we have to grow it!!!
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lost in the Petunias by Arlene Wheeler

If you drop into Jensen’s these evenings, you will find me cleaning up the beautiful hanging baskets we have left. I’m lost in the petunias and supertunias! Many baskets are still so beautiful and are ready to drop into a container or enjoy hanging in your favorite spot.

One of the secrets to keeping your annual flowers continually blooming is deadheading (removing the spent blooms). I am often approached by customers wanting to know what I am doing. I take a little pair of scissors and snip off the dead blooms, not just the petals. When you are removing the blooms from plants like petunias, supertunias and million bells, make sure you snip it right back to the stem to remove the seed head at the base of the flower. If you just remove the petals, the plant will soon be going to seed. Deadheading encourages more bloom!

The next thing you want to do is fertilize. I like to use an ultra bloom (high phosphorous or high middle number) water soluble fertilizer like 15-30-15 every week. I mix a half strength solution and fertilize every week right through until frost. Never fertilize when the plant is dry as it may burn the tips of the leaves, water the plant the day before you fertilize.

Try to water your gardens and containers in the morning to allow any water to dry before the end of the day. That way you won’t be encouraging any insects to collect under the leaves or any fungus to start forming during the cooler temperatures at night. Give your containers the finger test before watering to ensure you’re not over-watering. The first sign of over-watering is a yellowing of the leaves. If you follow these directions, you will have beautiful hanging baskets and containers right through until the snow flies!

Drop in to see us with any of your gardening problems and to pick up another beautiful hanging basket to enjoy. We have beautiful red and white supertunia baskets on sale for Canada Day!

*Arlene Wheeler is an experienced gardener and garden coordinator of theChildren’s Blue Box Program for Winnipeg Harvest. We are happy to have her working with us at Jensen Nursery!

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Gardening in busy times!

Well it is 9 pm sunday night. Most people are settled in for the night getting ready for the week. But when you are in the gardening business.........things work a little different! I thought I'd let you all dwell into a day in the life of a Jensen! I'm hoping my staff will all follow suit and do a blog about how it is to work at Jensen's!
I started my day off with a cup of coffee, a wish that I could stay where I was..... all snuggled up, and a drive across town to work. As usual I wasn't the first one there! After working 60 hour weeks for a while you tend to slow down! But once I get moving, watch out! Father's Day and Marathon day typically are a bit slow for us. Well apparently my website is working or something! Because after I decided I would fertilize every single basket and container pot...people started trailing in. So here I am in the middle of the greenhouse with about 150 baskets waiting for fertilizer on the ground! Nobody can get down the aisles, everyone wants help in a completely different area of the garden center! To sum it up CHAOS! So some how I fertilized every single annual basket and annual container, and put them back where they belong!

The rest of the day went fairly smooth! Because I was moving petunia baskets around I got all sticky and extremely dirty! So by the end of the day I looked like a mess! But believe it or not , sweat, dirt and all.........boy did I have fun!

So then, when it is time to go, what do I do? Sit down with my sister who I have not had time to talk with in days. So we catch up, on all the business matters we have not had time to deal with all week. Greenhouse talk, tree talk, watering system talk, how to deal with stress talk!etc. etc. etc! So then I go home..

 What do  I do then? Go out, cut my lawn, spray Killex for weeds, Round- Up in the area I want to turn into a patio for the swing and fire pit! Repot my flowers into a bigger ceramic pot adding torenia, and yellow sweet potatoe vine.

Finally  I crawl into my house...thank my daughter who has been busy cleaning my house for chore money. Spend some time catching up with my daughter, talking on the's off to bed I go! ...............

Off to bed I go! When I wake hopefully the sun is shining, the ferilizer kicked in, and all is happy! Tammy
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sun, Shrubs, Trees, Soil, Stone, and Flowers galore!

The sun is shining! Spring is finally here! Everytime I look out the window a truck is driving up with a fresh load of shrubs, trees, evergreens, and more! We are in the process of building a new system to display and care for the trees! We also have some very hard working guys potting up truckloads of bareroot trees and shrubs. By tomorrow they will be done, and will start bagging more mulch, riverstone, limestone, shale, soil, and what ever else we can bring them! Jennifer is running around trying to put up signs as quickly as the plants arrive. Chelsey is back for her second year running out to greet all the customers!Laura is taking care of all the annuals and baskets in the greenhouse. Karl AKA Mr Jensen is busy planning and designing the outdoor shrub area. Drop by and check out all the excitement. It may not be organized quite yet, but the plants are here just waiting for a new home. I now have a PDF version of our catalogues available online. There is the shrub and tree plant list, and the perennial list. Just email me at [email protected]  and I will send it to you! Happy gardening!~ Tammy
clematis, greenhouse, Jensen nursery and garden center, winnipeg
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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Proven Winners Annuals being planted in our greenhouse!

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Gardening Seminar - Gardening 101 with Karl Sorensen


Anyone in Winnipeg who has ventured to our nursery and garden center has most likely met Karl Sorensen. He is referred to as "Mr Jensen" as often as he is called "Karl"! Karl's enthusiasm for gardening and design is apparent to all who meet him! When he isn't out back in our nursery area taking care of all our plants, he is in the garden centre area helping customers plan their yards. He cares about each customers yard project as if it were his own.

Karl will also be giving a sneak peak of some of the exciting new plants we will have for sale in at our garden center this spring!
So get out of the snow and into the CMU for a evening of fun! 

Tuesday, March 1, 7 p.m.
Room B132, Canadian Mennonite University, North Campus
Jensen's Nursery & Garden Centre has served Winnipeg gardeners since 1966.
Greeting visitors with his ever-present and friendly smile is Karl Sorensen. Have
a gardening question? Karl has the answer! This special evening will cover many
of the basics – a perfect opportunity for novice and experienced gardeners alike!
Check out Jensen's new website at
Free for members! Non-members pay only $5. Light refreshments.

Jensen Nursery and Garden Center
2550 McGillivray Blvd
Winnipeg, Manitoba
[email protected]

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