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Ted the Singing Gardener sang his “Manitoba Marathon Rally Song” and other tunes on Father’s Day, June 16, 2019 in Winnipeg.

Singing Gardener: Ted entertains at the Manitoba Marathon in Winnipeg

Plus, some weather lore to test out and some zucchini recipes to try

It’s good to toot your horn once in a while except in this case there are no bells, whistles or horns, although I do recall horns tooting the day I became a married man decades ago. This year’s yellow and green zucchinis in my half-acre garden are awesome. I’ve a second batch of zucchini youngsters […] Read more

It’s an awesome sight to behold when plum tree blossoms are at the 
peak of their utmost beauty beckoning arrival of pollinating insects.

Singing Gardener: What home remedies have you tried and what has worked or not worked for you?

Plus, Ted shares what readers have written to him

My plum trees did me proud this year while in full bloom with hundreds of blossoms (see photo at top). There were so many flowers the trees couldn’t sustain them all and many never got pollinated. The good news is green plums about the size of large cranberries had formed up nicely as of mid-June. […] Read more



Cerisa is a yellow-fleshed specialty variety with slightly firmer cooking texture and excellent flavour. Plants produce high numbers of smaller elongated baby potatoes, a favourite in salads.

Singing Gardener: Nutritional benefits of the potato and a little-known way of baking it

Plus, Ted shares more reader feedback

Something tells me this intro might appear a little longer than usual. It’s all for good informative reading. Got your sprouted seed potatoes in the ground yet? It’s not too late to plant more! There’ll be a thing or two said about spuds further along. Plus — one method for baking potatoes and some reader […] Read more


Doesn’t this rare Ganti Hungarian heritage tomato grown and held by Theresa Tanguay of Austin, Manitoba look scrumptious? There are other words to describe it too such as personal favourite, full-bodied flavour, delightful, outstanding, wonderful and even stylish. Big, bold and beautiful indeterminate Ganti is blemish free, great for tomato sandwiches and home canning. Average weight is 12 ounces (345 grams). Harvest begins about 75 to 80 days from transplant time into the garden.

Singing Gardener: Ted shares letters from readers

Plus, tips for growing peas

Are we all placed here on this planet for a single specific purpose, or perhaps several tasks to carry out during our lifetime? Maybe some have never come to such awareness or give it little thought. Finding life’s purpose can sometimes be a challenge. Such a discovery might be early in life — mid-life for […] Read more



Jim Anderson stands where some cows have gathered at a Frostfree Nosepump water well. When thirst beckons, the cows use their nose to pump their own water. This very sustainable watering system operates year round from heat in the ground and needs no electricity. Read for yourself how it all began including contact information.

Singing Gardener: Meet Jim Anderson from Alberta

Learn about his farm and his cattle nose pump business

Previous Singing Gardener columns have often included what’s going on in someone’s garden. Well today, a story begins shortly that comes straight from the farm where we find Jim Anderson of Rimbey, Alberta. It results from my article about dowsing, divining and witching for water. Matter of fact, the subject of witching attracted a number of responses, so more on that […] Read more

This is Barrington  Belle, a large-flowered Japanese-type peony. Note how the rose-red guard petals surround a large central tuft of red and pink staminoides edged in gold. Other Japanese-type peonies are Ama-No-Sode, a very floriferous pink variety with a gold-edged centre, produced on strong stems and Japensha Ikua a heavy bloomer of rich, shining plum-red flowers with yellow centre.

Singing Gardener: Get acquainted with peonies that have people names

Plus, more info about the hackberry tree

During my primary grade school years, teachers focused a lot on memorizing — especially poetry. One poem in particular that still vividly speaks to me, even to this day is “Trees,” by Joyce Kilmer. His dramatic poem whose words appear next,  may also speak to others out there among our family of Grainews readers. I think that I shall never […] Read more


Shown is a cluster of fruit produced on an Italian hybrid tomato named “Pozzano.” Large red fruits have no green shoulders and are attractively shaped, full of flavour and have a good tolerance to blossom end rot.

Singing Gardener: Draws for tomato seeds have taken place

Plus, what kind of weather should we expect after this cold winter?

Draws for the dozen packets of Cosmonaut Volkov heirloom tomato seeds took place on March 5. Winners can expect their seeds in the mail via Canada Post with names appearing in April 9 issue of Grainews. Endless thanks to each and all who participated. I’ll be checking the entries for comments and garden tips following the draws […] Read more

How much attention do you pay to your heels? Shown are simple tools to easily prepare a lemon for a special purpose after squeezing out the juice.

Singing Gardener: Try this natural treatment for cracked and dry heels

Plus, info on an easy-to-sow and easy-to-grow annual flower

There’s a proverb that says: Bad for the rider — Good for the abider. So what does that mean? Here’s one explanation. The rider is driving a vehicle on a muddy road with ruts and faces uncertainty ahead. The abider is a farmer whose fertile fields are sufficiently moistened and prepared to produce a good […] Read more