Growing Basil

Basil is a must have herb for the garden. At Penner Pumpkins Lorissa grows a large variety of basils. Lemon, purple leaves, spicy, sweet, lime, and more. Basil is commonly used in Italian dishes and for making pesto. It is a relatively easy herb to grow as long as it receives the proper care. Basic…

Soil is Soil?

Buying soil the options can make one confused as there is so many many different types. What are all these different types and what kind do I need? The simple answer is if you’re buying to start seeds, fill containers, or pot up the ingredients should be peat moss/coir, perlite or vermiculite. It may also…

Making Your Own Potting Soil

I normally buy my soil from a wholesaler. This year my wholesaler first said he didn’t have soil and than found 4 bags for me. In between that time on having no soil to having 4 bags I researched how to make your own potting soil. The main benefit for making your own soil was…

Online Store Information

The online store is open: plants for sale. Plants can either be bought online, at the Mother’s Day Sale in Winnipeg on May 9, or at the greenhouse. Opening day for the greenhouse is May 13 from 1-8 pm. This year the only date set in stone will be Thursday. I got a part time…

Herb Descriptions

Penner Pumpkins sells a variety of herbs. Pots are 5″by 4″, contain plant, and are $3.75 each . Herbs can either be grown in full sun or part shade. Herb Other Uses Height Light Requirements Borage Big tall bushes Flowers: Blue Teas, salads, flowers are edible. Attracts butterflies. 18-30” tallself-seeds Does best in full sun. Partial…

Hot Peppers

Penner Pumpkins sells 20 varieties of hot peppers and 2 ornamental varieties. Pots are 3.3″ by 3.3″, contain 1 plant and range from $2.75-$3.50 each. For more information. Peppers Information Scoville Heat Units Non-hot Jalapeno Perfect for stuffing, no heat. Jalapeno flavor 0 Padron 1 in 20 is hot, green, 2 “ long. 500-2500 Garden…

Let Me Tell You About the Birds and the Bees…………….

Having a 3.5 acre garden pollinators are really important. Hand pollinating a three acre pumpkin patch does not sound like fun, good exercise, but not fun. Pollinators include: bees, birds, butterflies, bats, insects, and small mammals. They sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce (source). Pollinator numbers have been declining…

Attract Bees to Your Garden with Bee Balm

Bee Balm aka Monarda is a flowering plant that is beneficial to bees, birds, and other pollinators. It belongs to the mint family, Lamiaceae. The flowers can also be used to garnish salads, drinks, and desserts. Monarda is native to the North American region, where it grows in sunny places, on moist and well-drained soil. There are…

Milkweed aka Asclepias

There is 73 different types of milkweed. Many types of milkweed are specific to certain regions of the country. The Monarch butterfly feeds on the nectar of the flowers and then lays its eggs on the plant. Plants also make good cut flowers. A source for more information and for more information on monarch butterflies….

Plant Room Update

I started stratifying seeds on Jan. 17. This year I put the seeds on paper towels, moistened the paper towels, and put the seeds into the fridge. When I planted I just laid the paper towel on top of the soil because some of the seeds were so tiny. Found out this doesn’t work, as…