Spring care of lawns

By Patricia Hanbidge

Saskatoon School of Horticulture Principal

As the sun rises earlier each day, home gardeners are tempted to get out into the yard and garden. However, remember that these are the Prairies and our spring weather is far from stable – as we have seen with the latest blizzard in Saskatoon! Gauge your gardening chores by the weather. However a couple of chores that can be completed in early spring, if necessary, are dethatching and aeration.

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Weed Notes - Apr. 30

By Sid Lewis


This will be my last column as supervisor for Midwest Weed District. It has certainly been enjoyable for me, since 1979, writing about weedy topics practically every week. I would be very vain and arrogant to think everyone agreed with everything I said in each column; in fact, the absolute opposite was sometimes the norm.

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Weed notes - Apr. 24

By Sid Lewis


I am not sure which airport it happened at, but apparently this week a 70-year-old lady was screened after appearing quite nervous. Behind closed doors and upon once searching, authorities found marijuana in her girdle and briefs! I wonder what charge will be laid and how severe it will be? Will it be as high as that same lady spraying a single dandelion in her yard this year? With the no-common-sense thought process Conservation has on the ban, probably both cases will be a ridiculous amount!

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Harvesting highlights

By Sharlette Paddock



It's here! The pie sale to raise funds for Riverdale Harvest food bank is tomorrow, April 18. Don't miss out on getting the pie you want! Our sale starts at 10 a.m. at Rivers Home Hardware; contributions of a pie or two will be gladly accepted this evening (7-9 p.m.) at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church or on Saturday morning (9-10 a.m.) at the hardware store.


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Airey awarded for agricultural ambitions

By Sheila Runions

 Banner Staff

Harry Airey is the third generation Airey to live at 27-12-22, seven miles west of Rivers. The senior citizen has been in farming all his life, and his 60 years of effort have been rewarded with a prestigious announcement. On Thursday afternoon, April 9, Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame Inc. released its inductee list for 2015; Harry is one of eight individuals judged to have made a significant and lasting contribution to agriculture in Manitoba during their lifetime.

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