I have to share this article from the Lethbridge Herald about local horticulturalist June Flanagan’s new book Edible Plants for Prairie Gardens. It’s so wonderful that a gardening book has been written with gardening information specifically for our area (zone 3/4 according to this map). “Yes, our climate is very challenging, and it’s probably more challenging than many others, but you can still do a lot with the right varieties and the right information” Flanagan says in the article.
Written especially for gardeners in the Canadian Prairie Provinces and the Northern Great Plains of the United States, this book shows you how to grow fabulous fruits, vegetables and herbs. Discover how to design a growing space of any size, from planning your first vegetable patch or collection of potted herbs, to creating an urban landscape for all seasons entirely with edibles. More than one hundred edible plants are featured, including heirloom vegetables and new fruits bred especially for the prairies, illustrated with full-colour photographs. You will find detailed instructions on when, where and how to plant and care for each crop, as well as tips for harvesting, serving and preserving your homegrown produce. New and experienced gardeners will find plenty of solid information about the best plant varieties and environmentally sound gardening practices to be successful in a challenging climate and short growing season.