Calgary Herald

Food gardening tips

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] Check out seed catalogues for different varieties and cultivars of vegetables. You can get great informatio­n from them in terms of planting times, care, diseases and pests. ] Look for short maturing varieties, from 55-70 days, which will mature before the frost hits. Grow what you like to eat. ] ] Find recipes for what you are growing.

] Try growing a new vegetable every year. It’s fun to widen your horizons. ] Learn the water requiremen­ts for the vegetables you are growing. If possible group similar ones together so that you don’t over or under water.

] Use all the season extenders possible, such as row covers, cold frames, winter sowing, hot beds and mulching. ] Don’t give up if a crop doesn’t work out this year.

] Enjoy yourself when you are out gardening.

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