Tips - Extending the Calgary Garden Season
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Extending the Calgary Garden
10 tips to keep 2013 going and be in
the ground early in 2014
1) Use floating row covers to keep hardy
perennials and edibles looking good throughout the fall and early
winter freezes. The covers can easily be lifted to enjoy the
greenery and flowers when it is nice outside.
2) Mulch your beds with leaves collected from
your garden or elsewhere. The leaves will buffer the soil
temperatures and moisture allowing woody plants to keep growing
roots well into December, as well as giving habitat for beneficial
insects to overwinter in the garden. The leaves will break down in
spring to feed the soil so no need to remove them.
3) Deadhead perennials to remove spent flowers,
foliage and stems. The plant material can be used in compost
building, unless it is diseased, in which case should be put in the
garbage. Leave a few sturdy ones for interest and birds to perch on
over the winter.
4) Build a compost pile using garden cleanup
greens layered with fallen leaves you collected. You can add to the
pile throughout the winter using kitchen scraps, and keep layering
it each week with some leaves head in reserve.
5) Plant some spring flowering bulbs now for
early spring colour! Snow crocus pop up as soon as the sun is
higher in the sky in spring and you can see your first blooms of
2014 by late March.
6) Sow a row of spinach now for succulent early
greens in April.
7) Build a cold frame to use now to house late
maturing and cold hardy edibles now. Then it will be ready to use
in spring to sow seeds or bring on those seedlings you start in
8) Clean and sharpen garden tools, so they are
ready to use when needed. And don't forget to clean the shed!
9) Set up a window farm for micro-greens all
in a workshop or talk, read a garden book, or visit a gardening
friend that you haven't seen all summer!
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