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  1. Jas Nijjar says:

    I wanted to know if the honeyberries would grow in the rainforest where I live (vancouver,bc). Which varitey would be ideal for my area.

  2. Ron McLeod says:

    Hi Dave ,
    I am newly retired and now have time to do things I never took the time for in the past. I want to grow a mini orchard and personal greenhouse in East Central Alberta (Wainwright). Am I crazy? Is it possible? I have light land, sandy with some clay. Rolling land with small hills. I want to grow a variety of fruit trees and some ornamental. One S.E. facing hillside is my preference. Any Ideas are greatly appreciated.

    • Dave says:

      Ron: Not crazy at all! A great starting place would be to look at the U of S fruit program. Whatever they do there, you should be able to do at your place!

  3. Teresa Mason says:

    I bought a kit at Canadian Tire with a varity of bulbs it’s called Butterfly Garden Kit and a Hummingbird collection. My hubby built me a flower bed so all the dirt is fresh ( not frozen) I live in northern Alberta , FAIRVIEW I checked the forecast and apparently our crappy weather is done till fall?? lol is it correct, I haven’t the faintest idea??
    I’m wondering if it will be ok if I plant the bulbs in my new flower bed??
    Thank – You

  4. Jackie says:

    Hi! I’m a new gardener 🙂 This may sound a bit stupid…I bought two Tundra Honeyberrys last night and realised my mistake this morning, that I need a different variety. Could you recommend one? I’m new to this and do want the fruit production. Also, could you briefly explain pollinators (which I thought were bees and insects as opposed to plants).

    Thank you.

    • Dave says:

      Jackie: Berry Blue is a good pollinator for the U of S haskaps. Haskaps need another variety of haskap to cross-pollinate with. The bees do the pollinating – but varieties that can cross-pollinate well are called pollinators.

  5. karan says:

    I just bought a house in grande prairie with good size of yard.I want to grow vegetable and flowers too.could you please guide me.what kind of flowers and vegetables are good according to the climate of grande prairie.

    • Dave says:

      Karan: As far as vegetable gardens go, likely you can grow most everything in Grande Prairie that you can anywhere in Alberta. It’s the perennials that you need to be careful with. Be sure to choose shrubs and flowers that are hardy to at least zone 3a or 2b. Most nurseries can help you with that!

  6. Callie says:

    Hi Dave,
    I live near Pine Lake as well….I am having trouble deciding which vines I should be planting and where I should plant them. I have;
    A north facing trellis with only earl morning sun and a bed below with moist soil, about 10 feet high
    A south facing trellis (on my barn) about 6 feet high with all day sun and a large planter below
    And two small pot trellis that sit in full sun on the front step that are 3 feet high.
    Any suggestions what would be best in these spots? I have thought about some Cathdral Bells, morning glorys, Sweet peas, or honey suckle vine. Maybe also a black eyed Susan?
    I the past I have tried a clematis on the north facing trellis but have not had any luck with it coming back the next spring for three years in a row now. Thanks in advance for your help!

    • Dave says:

      Callie: It is tough to find a climbing plant that thrives in the shade – but a kiwi might just be what you need. It can handle partial shade and there are some varieties that are very hardy. If it were me with a south facing trellis against a barn, I’d sure plant grapes. As for the other smaller ones, any of those you mentioned would be fine – depending on your preference!

  7. april says:

    Hi I am wondering if I can grow hazelnuts and if so which variety would you recommend for calgary. Thanks

    • Dave says:

      April: Yes, you can grow hazelnuts in the Calgary area. The beaked hazelnut is hardy to zone 2a, so that should be fine in your area.

  8. cecily mckinnon says:

    would like as much info on honeyberries as possible, if you could email me, thanks

  9. Thomas Russell says:

    If you put down in floor heat lines such as PEX make sure that you lines are no more than 6 inches apart. Then cover with about 6 inches of small non crushed rock. Hook your pex piped up to a small pump and a header. Use a pellet stove or a Rocket Stove lined with brick (use only about 5 gallons of antifreeze and heat you green house starting March first. And you will have early veggies. I have done this and even at minus 30 pure water wasn’t froze anytime last year.

  10. Andrzej says:

    Hello, this is Poland speaking. Got some question about cherry. I,m looking for a small cherry bush. Would Carmine Jewel be good? It’s the only available in my country. BTW Have you ever tried to make wine using lornicera kamtschatica, honeyberry?

    • Dave says:

      Andrzej – Yes, carmine jewel would be a great little cherry bush. I have one myself! And I have not personally made honeyberry wine, but I do know of some other folks who have. They say it’s fantastic!

    • Slav Heller says:

      Andrzej Well, I am also Polish and have, among other things, deep interest in gardening and local fruit trees. Actually, I know a lot about wisnie in Alberta, as much as one can know I dare to say. One of the less popular sour cherries here is Rose Cherry which is Polish Lutowka. I also know a lot about haskap (honeyberries).

  11. Lillian Hawirko says:

    Im looking to purchase black raspberry plants, can you tell me where I can get them.

  12. Paul says:

    Hi Dave, can you help me. My dark green veggies have been devastated by a small black bug. When I go near them they jump like fleas, in fact I can hear them rustling as they jump around.
    Thanks Paul

    • Dave says:

      Paul: Sounds like flea beetles to me… Prevention is the best cure for these guys, but once you have them, an insecticide is probably your only way to completely get rid of them.

  13. Barbara says:

    I’m new to Alberta, in the Wetaskiwin area. From Atlantic Canada originally where I used to have a backyard garden. I understand Alberta is drier than what I’m used to and I’d like to know what the best vegetables or fruit to grow in my backyard. I’ve tilled an area of my yard which wasn’t a garden. The soil is black and clumps a little. What would you recommend.

  14. Very interesting articles. Just an FYI – At BURNCO Landscape in Lethbridge we offer ammendments for soils such as , Peat Moss, Soil Pep (bark fines), composted steer manure,screened loam, and our own Garden Mix ready to use.These materials are carried as a bulk item and are very inexpensive and easy to use. We sell the products in any quantity from a teaspoon to a tandem load and welcome the weekend warriors and new gardeners!

  15. Adrian says:

    Hi, I help coordinate a community garden in Springbrook, we are looking at starting a food/edible forest program at our garden and we are looking for advise on what kind of fruit trees/ bushes to grow. We would like a variety of native species and new varieties. what types would you recommend and where has good prices on them?

  16. Crystal says:

    Hi there,

    Just wondering where did you get your Arctic Kiwi trees from? My husband has been looking in our area (Cold Lake) and they are no where to be found in any of the green houses.

    Thank you

  17. Stephanie Roberts says:

    I was wondering how many bags of steer crap I need for a 10 foot by 10 foot garden I needed for my garden

  18. Stephanie Roberts says:

    I was wondering how many bags of miracle grow I needed for a 10 foot by 10 foot garden I needed for my garden

  19. Diane kubanek says:

    I want to transplant a bunch of ferns. What is the best time in the season?

  20. Hello Dave, I really would like to have an update on your kiwi plants. We just planted some on the west side of a building. Not sure if it is a good place though. On the south would be better if, yes if they really do grow tall here in Alberta and we could make them like a canopy over our sitting area. What is your experience? Have you gotten much fruit yet?

    • Dave says:

      Hi Anna: So far, my kiwis haven’t grow overly large. I have them planted in with my grapes on the south side of my garage, and the biggest they’ve grown for me is about 8 ft tall. The grapes grow much more – probably twice that easily in a season. If you’re looking for a canopy, grapes are probably the better way to go. And as for fruit, I’ve had nothing so far. (But I have had a couple of really good years for grapes!)

  21. Cassie says:

    When we harvested our beets in early Sept. half had been eaten. We’ve grown beets for 3years and this is the first year this happened.what could have done this? Is it safe to eat the ones that have been partially chewed on?

  22. Kelly says:

    are there courses you could recommend…I am looking at year round growing and setting up a greenhouse. I have the space and just not sure where to start
    Thanks !

    • Dave says:

      Kelly: Probably your best bet is to talk with other local growers or grower associations. Perhaps there is a community college that offers something? It depends on your location.

  23. Sharmala Buell says:

    Hi! I would like to purchase some blueberry seeds. Do you have any for sale?

  24. Sharmala Buell says:

    Can you please let me know where to buy blueberry seeds in Edmonton?
    Thank you!

  25. Murray says:

    I’m 45 miles NW of Ed. near Gunn. I have a valiant and beta grape vine that are very productive.I’ve mashed up about 25 liters of grapes and tossed a couple of packs of yeast on them and waiting for results.
    Does anyone make wine , I have trouble determining the acid content and how to adjust it.
    I made the same effort 2 years ago and the wine is still too bitter to drink.

  26. Doug Brick says:

    Hello Dave,

    I want to build a PVC greenhouse, but I am having a lot of trouble finding a Canadian retailer that stocks suitable pieces of 20 foot schedule 40 PVC piping for hoops. Lots of them stock 10 foot pieces but not 20. Can you point me towards some?

    Thanks you!

    • Dave says:

      Doug: I bought mine several years ago, so I’m not sure who would stock them. I would try UFA and Co-op. If not them, maybe even try a plumbing wholesaler…

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