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growing food
greengate Garden Centres has long been known for healthy plants, but we are more than that. Our people are a wealth of gardening knowledge so that you can get more than just plants; you can also get great gardening information and find out what colors, plants and trends are happening here in Calgary gardens. Here at greengate Garden Centres we want you to be successful with your gardening choices, so if you have questions just ask we are here to help so that you can create the best garden possible this year.
Edibles have become the big thing in gardening over the last few of years and as your local garden centre, we are bringing you the best in edibles this season including fruits, vegetables, herb gardens and edible flowers.
To be successful with edibles, you need to attract pollinators. Pollinators account for 1 in 3 bites of food that we eat, so if you’re going to grow your own doing so will significantly increase your harvest. Bees, butterflies, wasps, moths, flies, beetles, hummingbirds, and bats are all pollinators. To attract them to your garden plant blue, purple, yellow and white flowers these colors are especially attractive to pollinators. More importantly a diversity of blooming plants in a variety of shapes, colours, and blooming times creates a year-round pollinator paradise. Try Bee Balm (Monarda), Speedwell (Veronica), Sunflowers (annual or perennial), Roses, Strawberries, Tomatoes, and Herbs.
If you would like to try your hand at a vegetable garden this spring or even if its old hat here are some helpful tips in growing your best and tastiest vegetable garden ever.
Whenever new vegetable gardeners talk to us one thing they most certainly point out is how much better the flavours are compared to store bought. That is why we vegetable garden! There’s absolutely nothing like that textures and sweetness of your own home grown vegetables herb and fruits! Now it’s your turn to try.
To begin we’ll just start with some basic tips and plants to get you started but don’t be afraid to try anything you want! Of course, not everything is easy, or even grows here in Calgary, but it never hurts to try.
We suggest starting with a smaller garden than a bigger one if its your first go. There’s plenty of seasons to come and you can always add on. It`s easier to take on a smaller garden and have it produce wonderfully than it is to have a very large one that drives you crazy, so think small space big yield.
Don`t try and plant too much at once either. If you can stagger your planting this will give you time to absorb what is happening and you’ll have more time to tend to area as it grows on. You’ll be surprised

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