Gardening in Calgary 101Smart Calgary Homes Blogging Team on Friday, May 18th, 2012 at 8:54am.
Gardening in Calgary isn’t always an easy task. After all, our weather can be harsh – stiflingly hot one day, snow the next – you need to make sure that you’re planting the right things (in the right places!).
First and foremost, it’s important for you to know that there are different plant hardiness zones in Calgary (due to microclimates, wind protection, sun exposure, etc.); but, for the most part the city falls in 3A. This will affect what plant varieties you intend to grow, and where you grow them.
Next, you must choose a space. If you’ve already got a garden, great! If you have a small space (or if you live in a condo or apartment), you will need to create a space. Kevin Kossowan’s site is a great resource for those who are looking to dig up grass in their yard and make a garden from scratch, while Curbly has some fun, creative options for those without yards (like this Vertical Garden Rack and these 8 DIY Small Space Garden Ideas).
Now, prepare the soil. Incorporate a fertilizer into the soil four times per year (as recommended by Greengate Garden Centre) to maintain a healthy balance of nutrients. Determine the type of fertilizer to use by simply checking the product information – it will be clearly indicated on the label.
Get growing! If you’ve got a ton of sun, be sure you purchase plants that require full sun and not partial shade (or full shade). Similarly, if you have a shady area, you’ll need to grow plants that do not require full sun exposure, like these varieties featured on Northern Shade Gardening.
For more information on gardening in Calgary, visit the Calgary Horticultural Society’s website, and check out their gardening Fact Sheets.
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