HOW-TO Stage (Hall C)

FRIDAY, MARCH 27  
1:00 pm Container Gardening
Jill vanDuyvendyk, Dutch GrowersContainer gardening continues to be popular and there are many choices for pots, soils, and plants. Whether you’re a city gardener with a balcony, a suburban gardener with a small deck or a country gardener looking to downsize, containers are the solution.
3:00 pm Celebrity Event
Presented by Dutch Growers
4:00 pm Setting Up Your Backyard Kitchen
Presented by Burnco Landscape
5:00 pm The Right Ingredients for Composting
Lisa Howse, Saskatchewan Waste Reduction CouncilComposting is a fantastic way to reduce household waste and make a great all-around fertilizer and soil conditioner at the same time. Learn the basics of home composting, including the simple, 5-step recipe for a problem-free pile, every time. While the focus will be on compost bins we will also touch on trench composting, vermicomposting, and bokashi composting. Visit the Healthy Yards display afterwards for more information.
7:00 pm Keeping Your Trees Top Notch; Avoiding Evergreen Browning
Rick vanDuyvendyk, Dutch Growers
 
SATURDAY, MARCH 28  
11:00 am Pruning For Fruit & Flowers
Dr. Bob Bors, University of SaskatchewanPruning trees and bushes relies on the same principles for either fruit or flower production. Both can be substantially improved with proper pruning to allow more light, air circulation and regenerating new branches to replace the old.  Bushes are surprisingly easy and fast to prune if you know how. Trees require training to have good structure, ideally at a young age.  Tools, techniques, timing, and examples of popular plants will be among the information discussed.
12:00 pm Setting Up Your Backyard Kitchen
Presented by Burnco Landscape
1:00 pm The Right Ingredients for Composting
Lisa Howse, Saskatchewan Waste Reduction CouncilComposting is a fantastic way to reduce household waste and make a great all-around fertilizer and soil conditioner at the same time. Learn the basics of home composting, including the simple, 5-step recipe for a problem-free pile, every time. While the focus will be on compost bins we will also touch on trench composting, vermicomposting, and bokashi composting. Visit the Healthy Yards display afterwards for more information.
3:00 pm Lawn Alternatives for a Greener Yard
William Hrycan, The Gardener MagazineHow can you create a greener alternative lawn that is less work to maintain and healthier for the environment than a traditional grass lawn? We’ll look at a variety of alternatives to grasses and the benefits of including these plants in the garden, explore how to convert your grass into an alternative lawn, and explain how to care for a non-grassy lawn area. 
4:00 pm Hydroponic Made Easy
Cory Confrey, Early’s Farm & Garden CentreWhat is hydroponic? Different types of hydroponic growing, simple ways to get started and the advantages and disadvantages of growing hydroponically.
5:00 pm Large Tree Pruning
Tony Toews, City of SaskatoonPruning done correctly helps moderate return growth, is healthier for any tree, and maintains a natural form. Pruning less often also saves labor and energy and reduces green waste volume. Pruning done incorrectly causes rapid return growth, weakens the tree, and increases your labor.
 
SUNDAY, MARCH 29
11:00 am Pruning For Fruit & Flowers
Dr. Bob Bors, University of Saskatchewan
Pruning trees and bushes relies on the same principles for either fruit or flower production. Both can be substantially improved with proper pruning to allow more light, air circulation and regenerating new branches to replace the old.  Bushes are surprisingly easy and fast to prune if you know how. Trees require training to have good structure, ideally at a young age.  Tools, techniques, timing, and examples of popular plants will be among the information discussed.
12:00 pm Setting Up Your Backyard Kitchen
Presented by Burnco Landscape
1:00 pm Lawn Alternatives for a Greener Yard
William Hrycan, The Gardener MagazineHow can you create a greener alternative lawn that is less work to maintain and healthier for the environment than a traditional grass lawn? We’ll look at a variety of alternatives to grasses and the benefits of including these plants in the garden, explore how to convert your grass into an alternative lawn, and explain how to care for a non-grassy lawn area. 
2:00 pm Hydroponic Made Easy
Cory Confrey, Early’s Farm & Garden CentreWhat is hydroponic? Different types of hydroponic growing, simple ways to get started and the advantages and disadvantages of growing hydroponically.
3:00 pm Keeping Your Trees Top Notch; Avoiding Evergreen Browning
Rick vanDuyvendyk, Dutch Growers