I live in southern Alberta and we have a short growing season for vegetables. In addition, there are few large trees here because they often struggle due to the coolness and lack of moisture. Still I have my favorite, trees, plants and vegetables, we have quite a variety of species growing in our yard.
What are your fave veggies to plant and grow?
We grow carrots, tomatoes and green beans. We also plant potatoes some years or a few peas.
Fave veggies to eat or ones you wish you could grow?
Asparagus, corn and cauliflower
Do you grow any fruits and if so, which ones?
We have saskatoon berries and we also have a crab apple tree. In addition, we grow rhubarb.
Fruits you wish you could grow?
Bananas, McIntosh apples and peaches
Least fave veggies, fruits and/or herbs?
I’ve never been a huge fan of onions, broccoli and spinach are also not my favourites.
Fave annuals, perennials and/or bulbs?
Tulips, poppies and peonies
Fave trees and/or vines?
We have one of the largest elm trees in Calgary in our backyard that must be about 50 years old. It’s very rare and difficult to get such a tree to grow here.
Flowers, shrubs and/or trees you wish you could grow?
Maple trees are so beautiful when their leaves turn red in the fall.
Fave garden 'visitors' and why they're your fave?
I like the bees because I know how essential they are and that they are in danger. I also like any birds that aren't crows or magpies. I love watching Robbins, chickadees and sparrows come to our yard.
When did you first plant something that grew and what was it?
I will never forget the little pine tree I planted after receiving it when I was in the third grade. With my mom’s guidance, I planted it and watered it. Decades later it's still standing — a very large evergreen tree today.
Gosh, when I retired and moved out to our farm permanently I couldn't wait to work that huge vegetable garden my husband had plowed for us. In fact the first few years the crop was so abundant that we set up a little stand and sold our organic produce, donating proceeds to the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope. Right now we just at first harvest...radishes, some of our lettuces, endive....yum. There is nothing like a salad made with vegetables just picked.
What are your fave veggies to plant and grow? Heirloom tomatoes, especially green zebras, butternut squash, lettuce, endive, potatoes, garlic, radishes, eggplant, onions, leeks, and whatever else strikes our fancy each year. And of course a profusion of herbs.
Fave veggies to eat or ones you wish you could grow? For some reason we never have success with corn.
Do you grow any fruits and if so, which ones? We have apple, plum and pear trees.
Fruits you wish you could grow? Strawberries and raspberries.
Least fave veggies, fruits and/or herbs? Cilantro and yellow beans
Fave annuals, perennials and/or bulbs? We have masses of lilac and peony bushes covering the 11 acres of our property. The scent in the air in the spring is just amazing.
Fave trees and/or vines? We have a rare European Black Walnut tree that's about 50 years old. Our arborist says he can't figure out how it's managed to survive out here.
Flowers, shrubs and/or trees you wish you could grow? I had planned this year to begin building rose garden. That didn't happen but still on my agenda, hopefully next year.
Fave garden 'visitors' and why they're your fave? We have a profusion of birds out here. Everything from robins, to blue jays, to scarlet tanagers. My favorites though...snowy owls and ospreys. Otherwise I just get such a kick out of the rabbits; especially as their young begin venturing out.
When did you first plant something that grew and what was it? Brain fog but I don't recall. There must be a memory buried somewhere that will surface one of these days.
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