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Soon to start gardening in Calgary

Postby gibbos1 » Oct 28, 2008 9:12 am

Hi all,
we are hoping to emigrate to the Calgary area just after new year. I was wondering if there is anybody else on here that live around Calgary and that would be willing to give me some advice on growing vegetables in raised beds(would this be better option?).
Also any books or websites that you might think would be a good idea to buy or have a look at please.

I have gardened over here in the UK, but have stopped veg growing for the last few years now, because of family, work commitments.
I am slightly worried about the short growing year you have in Canada, so people have told me. Any tips and help would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks, look forward to speaking to all,
regards,
Gibbos1 :D
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Re: Soon to start gardening in Calgary

Postby Durgan » Oct 29, 2008 6:05 am

Vegetable gardening in Calgary is like trying to grow tomatoes on the moon. It takes a lot of effort. There are few Christians in Calgary, since the people are tree worshipers, since trees are almost as scarce as hens teeth.

The problems is rain, snow, hail, winds, and wide variations in temperature can all occur in any one day at various inconvenient times of the plant growing season.There are some fine growing areas in
Alberta, but Calgary doesn't fit in that category.
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Re: Soon to start gardening in Calgary

Postby Mervyn » Oct 29, 2008 11:50 am

My aunt lives in Calgary and she's echoes what Durgan has just said, due to the insane temperate variances there, some veggies are difficult, if not outright impossible to grow.

I guess it's the price Calgarian's pay for the nice warm Chinook :)

This site might help a bit (found via google)

http://www.calgaryarea.com/calgary_gardening.htm
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Re: Soon to start gardening in Calgary

Postby Sharon Bryson » Oct 30, 2008 8:40 am

Hi:
You might like to check out the Calgary Horticultural Society. There you will find several hundred people who are avid gardeners.
http://calhort.org/home/

They are celebrating 100 years as a society this year!

Cheers
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Re: Soon to start gardening in Calgary

Postby OGrubber » Oct 30, 2008 11:46 am

Sharon,
Well done!
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Re: Soon to start gardening in Calgary

Postby Durgan » Oct 30, 2008 4:25 pm

Sharon Bryson wrote:Hi:
You might like to check out the Calgary Horticultural Society. There you will find several hundred people who are avid gardeners.
http://calhort.org/home/
They are celebrating 100 years as a society this year!


http://www.durgan.org/ShortURL/?DRXVZ
Similarly: As scary as it seems, there are people who seriously believe in the Flat Earth Theory, and have formed a society of people who believe this way.
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Re: Soon to start gardening in Calgary

Postby Jade » Oct 30, 2008 9:56 pm

Wow - Talk about negative comments from someone who obviously has never been here! I live in Calgary, and have gardened here for over thirty years. Yes, it is sometimes a challenge, but isn't everywhere? Durgan, Calgary happens to be large enough to have a number of micro-climates that vary from river valley to upper plateau, windy sites. Not every part of town gets hail every year. Last 3 years I got none while friends got wiped out. This summer I got hit, but still managed to harvest 2 kinds of lettuce, spinach, beets, carrots, snap peas, bush and pole beans, 4 kinds of tomatoes and lots of different herbs. I had hydrangeas flowering until just before Thanksgiving. I could go on, but think I have proven you wrong. Welcome to Calgary everyone - and yes, check the EXTREMELY viable Hort Society site. Did I mention that I have 10 trees in my yard?
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Re: Soon to start gardening in Calgary

Postby Durgan » Oct 30, 2008 11:02 pm

OK. I will make a concession. Calgary is certainly better than St. John's Newfoundland for growing a vegetable garden.
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Re: Soon to start gardening in Calgary

Postby Sharon Bryson » Oct 31, 2008 10:00 am

Durgan, I think you may have "done it again"!
I expect the good gardeners from the St. John's area will beg to differ!
Just because there is a challenge, doesn't mean one cannot be successful.
Here is a link to the NF Horticultural Soc.
http://nfldhort.dhs.org/page15.htm
They have an interesting book available.....
“The Avalon Vegetable Garden”

Do you have pics of your efforts to grow veggies in Newfoundland?
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Re: Soon to start gardening in Calgary

Postby B_BQ » Oct 31, 2008 11:59 am

I just have to make a comment here too!

I've stopped responding, or making comments, on some members' contributions, as I'm not particularly fond of arrogance!

I lived in Newfoundland for 16 years, (straight from England), and for the last 10 of those years we very successfully grew lots of vegetables. We grew: Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Potatoes, Turnip, Rutabaga, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Beans, Peas, Lettuce, Radish.....!!!! We did not have a greenhouse, or any other aid.

The only two things we could not grow very successfully were cucumbers and tomatoes. The tomatoes never got to ripen on the vine, but I picked them green and ripened them indoors.

So, the statement that you can't grow vegetables in NF is BS.

A friend who lives in St. John's has the most gorgeous flower gardens you could wish to see. She grows almost everything from seed. Her gardens are breathtaking.

PS - gibbos1 - Please don't despair. If you can find a suitable spot in your future garden, then I definitely would build some raised beds. These get warm and stay warm very much earlier than the ground. It's easy to work them, and it's easy to amend the soil. It's also much easier on the back! :roll:

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