brrrrr - cold climates

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Expat Badger

brrrrr - cold climates

Hi

i've never had a garden before and having moved from UK have no idea what i can grow in Calgary with our cold winters.

anyone got any experience? Would love to grow veg and have the perfect area in the garden, but when do you plant and will anything survive till spring!!??

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Elpe

Calgary

It's a few years since I was in Calgary but my first thought for your garden was - - - an Alpine garden! But seriously, have a look here http://home.howstuffworks.com/assessing-your-climate-for-starting-a-vegetable-garden.htm
or get in touch with the Calgary Horticultural Society to see what the experts advise. And look at other people's gardens to see what they grow successfully or pick the brains of the staff in garden centres. Are you missing Vancouver? I seem to recall you were there. I loved living there, near English Bay & Stanley Park.

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Biggles !

Calgary 2

Absolutely agree, what is growing around you ?

The following came from the Calgary Sun :
"Select the right plants. Choose plants that are suited to your climate zone and condition of your soil.

Source: Ontario Ministry of the Environment"


Most popular plant to grow at the time of the article was mint, apparently Mohitas are a big hit. Didn't see any reference to garlic growing though :0(

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Expat Badger

calgary

hi- thanks guys

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Expat Badger

calgary

tsk hit wrong button...

have been looking at the neighbours but being totally clueless about gardening it doesn't help much!!
found another good website yesterday too that gives info on growing in Calgary. Basically forget it till the end of May and then plant like crazy!!

Yes we were in Vancouver for 3 years. Loved it there but OH got promotion/relocation offer to help start Alberta branch of his company, and with all the layoffs in Vancouver was too good an offer to pass up.

We like it here so far (only been a month!) but it's not as beautiful as BC. Still - has lots going for it and looking forward to exploring. Another canadian adventure!!

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Jay

Calgary

When we were in BC they said that the thing about Alberta was that if your dog ran away you would still be able to see it for 3 days. It was only when we got to Alberta that we understood! Wonderful place though.

There are various messageboards that you can find if you Google, you need to find the number of your climatic region and you'll get all the information you need. Even the BBC Gardening Messageboard might be of help, there are several Canadian members there.

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Expat Badger

Jay

haha - yes flat as a pancake here compared to BC (apart from the rockies, but if you look East - just a whole lot of nothing!)
Thanks for the tips Jay

 
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