This outstanding hedge of attractive castor bean plants (Ricinus communis) hugs the driveway leading to an authentic Japanese Tea House at the Island Park home of Don and Donée Pelechaty in Portage la Prairie. Castor oil is made from the seeds and Ted tells a whole lot more, including how to drive out moles using castor oil. (Ted Meseyton/Submitted photo)

Ted's spilling the beans

From music and garlic last Thursday to underground moles this week -- the wide world of things green and growing is constantly full of revelation.

Meyer Norris Penny (MNP) hosted its 12th annual chili contest at the Herman Prior Centre on Sept. 26. The organization chose the Portage and District Hospital Foundation as their charity of choice for 2014. Photo: MNP manager Diane Robertson shares some chili with hospital foundation executive director Erin Miller. (Svjetlana Mlinarevic/The Graphic/QMI Agency)

Hospital foundation double winner

The Portage and District Hospital foundation was a double winner during Friday’s chili cook off when it not only received $3,887 from the fundraiser,

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