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Garden program helps kids discover their green thumb

Agriculture for Life has partnered with the Calgary Horticultural Society to offer the Juniors Garden Club. The initiative aims to encourage kids to explore, learn new skills and build confidence by growing their own food. The program, which began May 27 and runs for 14 weeks, has weekly emails with instructions on how to plant, […] Read more

Move it or compost it might be the motto when it comes to bedding plants and baskets, which is why getting gardening centres designated an essential service was critical for the sector.

Growers relieved as Alberta garden centres declared an essential service

Product needs to move during the brief spring sales window, veggie gardens are suddenly popular again

Garden centres may not spring to mind when thinking of essential services, but getting that official designation was critical, says the CEO of Landscape Alberta. “It opens the value chain from the agricultural side,” said Joel Beatson, whose organization joined Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association in requesting greenhouses, nurseries and garden centres be classed as essential […] Read more


Five tips for eco-friendly gardening

The word eco-friendly can be used in many areas of our lives: at work, at home, at play. Being eco-friendly in all these aspects is quite a simple concept with incredible opportunities for creativity. The bottom line is eco-friendly is all about working with nature, not against it. As gardeners we play an ever-increasing unique[...]
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Provincial tips for fall yardwork

Topping or cutting back herbaceous perennials this fall can help prevent the overwintering of diseases and insects, although leaving some material can help to hold a snow cover during the winter. Mulching in the fall will help to prevent plants from being forced from the ground, but it should be done after the ground is[...]
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Growers asked to join the fight against late blight

Whether you grow potatoes and tomatoes in your garden or commercially, don’t give late blight a chance

Potato and tomato growers are being asked to help the effort to restore Alberta’s status of being free of late blight. “Everyone was encouraged to increase early and season-long monitoring of fields, gardens, and greenhouses in order to protect crops from late blight, as well as have a quicker response to any perceived infections,” said[...]
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