Junior Gardening

St. Vital Agricultural Society is committed to teaching the gardening traditions to our youth. That is why the Society organizes two competitions: Junior Gardening Competition in Garden Plots and Junior Gardening Competition in Containers. Both competitions are open to youth 8 to 14 years of age as of May 1, 2016 who reside in Southeast Winnipeg within these boundaries:

North - CN Rail line
East - Plessis Road
South - 1105 Provincial Road 200
West - Red River
 

Whether you have access to a garden or a container, we encourage all young people to get creative. For photos of our Junior Gardeners, please click here.

Junior Gardening Competition in Garden Plots

The Junior Garden Competition is intended to make youth aware of gardening and to encourage them to develop gardening skills.

Criteria for Designing and Maintaining the Garden

  1. The garden should be approximately 3 metres by 3.7 metres (10 feet by
    12 feet) or equivalent area.
  2. The garden should be located in an area which is well drained, sunny and away from trees.
  3. The garden does not have to be located at home, however it has to be within Southeast Winnipeg. See above for boundaries.
  4. Flowers may be located at one side of the plot and vegetables at the other side or flowers in flower borders may be incorporated into the general design of the garden.
  5. The rows of seeds should be marked out and the seeds planted evenly.
  6. When the seedlings emerge from the ground, thin sufficiently so that each plant will have ample space to develop properly. As flowers mature, the old blooms should be removed.
  7. Water plot when necessary. Control weeds at all times. Cultivate soil in good condition. Control insects and diseases using organic products.
  8. Parents may assist the Junior Gardeners in preparing the ground and in spraying (when necessary) to control insects and diseases. The rest of the work must be done by the Junior Gardener.

Cost to Participate

With the purchase of a Society entry fee at the cost of $3.00 per year, the Junior Gardener will receive three types of flower and three types of vegetable seeds as well as a copy of the Fair Book. The same entry fee will entitle the Junior Gardener to enter produce from their competition garden for a chance to win prizes at the Fair & Display. Exhibits from the garden plot may include: beans (4), beets (4), carrots (4), centaurea/bachelor buttons (4 stems), marigolds (4 blooms), zinnias (4 blooms). Full competition details can be found in the Fair Book. The garden will be judged before the Fair.

Click here for a full brochure and entry form. Completed entry forms and a $3.00 entry fee should be mailed to:

Mr. Oliver Trnka
68 Worthington Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R2M 1R7

Junior Gardening Competition in Containers

Container gardening offers an alternative to a regular garden which is appropriate in an urban setting. It provides an opportunity for youth to develop long lasting gardening and environmental skills.

Criteria for Designing and Maintaining Containers

  1. Containers with a min. depth of 15 cm. (6") and drainage holes such as planters, window boxes, large flower plots, plastic garbage cans, half barrels, tubs, pails, etcetera may be used.
  2. One or more container may be used to have a combined surface area of at least 2 square feet per crop variety.
  3. A recommended mix of soil for container gardening is:

    6 parts good top soil
    3 parts peat moss
    1 part compost
    2 parts sand
    slow release fertilizer at a rate ( 2 oz. ) per 12 litre pail of mix.
  4. When the seedlings emerge from the ground, thin sufficiently so that each plant will have ample space to develop properly.
  5. Regular watering required every 1 to 2 days depending on size of container.
  6. From mid July to September, weekly applications of liquid fertilizer are recommended. 5 ml ( 1 teaspoon) of Hi-Sol 20-20-20 per 4 litres of water.
  7. As flowers mature, the old blooms should be removed.
  8. Control weeds at all times. Cultivate soil between plants when necessary to keep soil in good condition. Control insects and diseases using organic products.

Cost to Participate

With the purchase of a Society membership at the cost of $3.00 per year, the Junior Gardener will receive two types of flower and two types of vegetable seeds as well as a copy of the Fair Book. The same membership will entitle the Junior Gardener to enter produce from their competition garden for a chance to win prizes at the Fair & Display. Exhibits from the container garden may include: carrots (4), cucumbers (4), marigolds (4 blooms), zinnias (4 blooms). Full competition details can be found in the Fair Book. The container garden will be judged before the Fair for ease of judging; please keep containers for each entrant together.

Click here for a full brochure and entry form. Completed entry forms and a $3.00 membership fee should be mailed to:

Mr. Oliver Trnka
68 Worthington Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R2M 1R7