Calling All Tuscany Gardeners!

Are you interested in gardening? The Tuscany Community Garden still has plots available for new gardeners for the summer of 2014.

If you’re new to gardening in Calgary, you might be surprised to learn that Calgary’s growing season—at 114 days—is shorter than Edmonton’s and Winnipeg’s and is similar to Yellowknife’s! Therefore, gardeners need to plan their gardens with Calgary’s climate and altitude in mind.

The gardeners at the Tuscany Community Garden have had good success growing zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes, peas, and carrots. Other vegetables, such as corn and butternut squash, don’t do well here because they don’t have enough time to ripen.

For new gardeners, here are some hints for preparing for your garden:

1) Planting from seed: Vegetables like lettuce, carrots, peas, beans, and potatoes are best seeded directly into the ground. Lettuce and peas can be seeded in mid-May. Beans require warm soil to germinate and can be planted in early June.

2) Planting seedlings: If you want to grow peppers, tomatoes, or basil, which are warm-weather crops that require a longer growing season, your best bet is to give them some extra time by started seedlings indoors in April or buying seedlings from your local garden store. Transplant the seedlings into your garden around June 7.

3) Choosing varieties: You might be overwhelmed by the different varieties of each vegetable available at the store. Take a look at the package or tag to see how many days are required for the vegetable to mature. The lower the number of days, the more likely you’ll get produce in our short growing season. If you are hoping your tomatoes will ripen on the vine, choose smaller tomatoes (cherry, for example, rather than beefsteak).

That’s all you need to know to get started!

Register now for your garden plot, and watch for announcements about Planting Day. On Planting Day, come with your seeds and take the opportunity to meet fellow gardeners. If you’re a first-time gardener and would like some advice about how to plant, there will be plenty of people available to help. We’d love to see you there!



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