Archive for March 26, 2019

Gardening in the Zone

When living in the Northern part of Alberta, before you can make decisions about what to grow in your garden you should take some time to plan.

The very first thing you should know is what growing zone you are in. The government of Canada’s Plant Hardiness Map (above) is helpful to figure this out.

Or… we here at Dunvegan can just tell you:

Grande Prairie is Zone 3                      Beaverlodge Zone 3                         Fairview Zone 2-3

Peace River Zone  2-3                          Valleyview Zone 3

After you know what growing zone you are in, you can then find plants that suit your area.  Every plant identification tag should have growing zones marked on it for that particular plant.

When temperatures are dipping down to minus 35 and 40 you may begin to wonder what plants can handle that kind of cold. The good news is LOTS! From flowers to fruit trees there is a wide range of flowers, plants and trees to choose from.

The Friesen family has been growing in the Peace Country since 1952, when Chad Friesen’s grandfather opened a commercial vegetable garden. Through trial and error, patience and pruning, the expertise at Dunvegan gardens through the Friesen family is second to none.

We pride ourselves in having a selection of plants that will not only grow in Zone 3 but will also thrive.

We would love it, if you want to stop in and talk to us about your garden, no matter what time of year it is, we are always ready to chat.

It’s Seed Time

                 

It is time to think about Seeds!  Here at Dunvegan we choose our seed companies very carefully, our selection includes:

McKenzie Seeds & Livingston Seeds – Manitoba Since 1896 A.E. McKenzie Co. has been a leader and innovator in the Canadian Gardening industry. Now Canada’s #1 Packet Seed Company, specializing in flower and vegetable seeds.  They are conscious and responsive to the growing concerns involved with food: cost, quality and safety.  Non-GMO, and carry organic seeds.

McKenzie Heritage and  Heirloom Seeds –  Manitoba  All seed is open pollinated, non-hybrid, non-GMO, untreated, natural seed. Heirloom Seeds, also called Heritage Seeds, are open-pollinated varieties that are usually at least 50 years old. They specialize in rare & endangered heirloom vegetable, flower & herb seed.

Pacific Northwest Seeds – Vernon, BC   Seed is of the highest quality and vitality with an excellent selection of vegetables, herbs and flowers, suited for Western Canada’s climates.

West Coast Seeds, Vancouver, BC  Untreated seeds for organic gardening, non-GMO. Choose from varieties of open-pollinated and hybrid vegetable seeds. West Coast Seeds features certified organic and heirloom seeds for growing, just about any vegetable seed you would like to grow.

Burpee Seeds, USA  Proud to have delivered the finest quality, non-GMO varieties in home gardening for over 140 years. They are a company of gardeners, for gardeners, and guarantee each and every product.

Renee’s Garden, California  The garden to table seed company. Offering the varieties that are very special for home gardeners, based on great flavor, easy culture and exceptional garden performance.

Mr. Fothergill’s has established itself as one of the most recognized seed brands available today. Commitment to their customers and striving for the best possible quality.