It’s a long way off to gardening season, but Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has several publications that might be a perfect fit for the gardener on your Christmas list.
- Alberta Yards and Gardens ($15): unbiased information on selecting ornamental trees and shrubs, lawns, small fruits and berries, flowers, vegetables, herbs and even water plants. The book also gives tips and techniques for pruning, wintering roses, container gardening and attracting birds and butterflies.
- Pruning in Alberta ($3): a stocking stuffer that takes the mystery out of pruning. This book shows how to control and maintain trees and shrubs without distorting their natural form and beauty. Also included are tips for increasing fruit harvest and improving flowering.
- Weed Seedling Guide ($10): a pocket-size booklet with information on 62 broad-leaved weeds and 10 grasses. The weeds are organized by cotyledon (seed-leaf) shape to make identification easier, and the book has seed-leaf shape drawings and full-colour weed seedling images and a table of commonly confused weeds.
- Weeds of the Prairies ($25): this 266-page book is the most complete book on weeds on the Canadian Prairies. It has full-colour photos and illustrations detailing 112 weeds, which are colour coded by flower colour for easy reference, and a full index to find the species by common, scientific, or family name. Charts on life cycle and habitat provide valuable information, and maps show how widespread particular weeds are.
- Hobby Greenhouses in Alberta ($8): this well-illustrated, 81-page book tells you how to build, heat and manage a small greenhouse. You will also learn the basic requirements of plants and how to grow specific vegetable, fruit, and ornamental crops.
To order, go to the Alberta Agriculture website and search for ‘publications’ or call 780-427-0391.