Vegetables You Can Grow in Calgary (in your own garden)

Sure, supermarkets are convenient, but are they the best choice for your health and your wallet (especially with the premium on cauliflower)? There are a number of vegetables you can grow in Calgary in your very own garden that will keep food costs low, health optimized, and maybe even increase fun with your new favourite hobby. Don’t have a green thumb? Even people with muted ‘green thumbs’ can feed themselves and their families in Calgary with all of the wonderful and informative how-to videos available for gardening of all levels.

 

Here are some of the vegetables you can grow in Calgary during the various seasons (winter and construction) and when to plant them:

*Note: planting times vary for indoor and outdoor sowing

April-June

spring gardening calgary

  • Beans (indoors or outdoors)
    • Varieties that grow well in Calgary – Stringless Green Pod (Bush Bean), Blue Lake Bean (Pole Bean)
  • Beet (outdoors)
    • Varieties that grow well in Calgary – Detroit Dark Red, Burpee’s Golden, Early Wonder
  • Broccoli (indoor or outdoor)
  • Brussels Sprouts (indoor or outdoor)
  • Cabbage (indoor or outdoor)
  • Carrot (outdoor)
    • Varieties that grow well in Calgary – Scarlet Nantes, Red Cored Danvers
  • Cauliflower (indoor or outdoor)
  • Cucumber (indoor)
  • Kale (outdoor)
    • Varieties that grow well in Calgary – Black Tuscan, Dwarf Curled Scotch
  • Leek (indoor or outdoor)
  • Lettuce (indoor or outdoor)
    • Varieties that grow well in Calgary – Prizehead (Leaf Lettuce), Cos or Romaine (Romaine Lettuce)
  • Okra (indoor or outdoor)
  • Onion (indoor or outdoor)
  • Parsnip (outdoor)
  • Peas (indoor or outdoor)
    • Varieties that grow well in Calgary – Sugar Snap, Little Green
  • Peppers (indoor or outdoor)
  • Potatoes (outdoor)
  • Radish (outdoor)
    • Varieties that grow well in Calgary – Cherry Belle (round), French Breakfast (tubular)
  • Spinach (outdoor)
    • Varieties that grow well in Calgary – Bloomsdale Longstanding, Tyees
  • Squash (indoor or outdoor)
  • Swiss Chard (indoor or outdoor)
    • Varieties that grow well in Calgary – Bright Lights (coloured stems), Fordhook Giant (white stems)
  • Tomato (indoor or outdoor)

 

July-Sept

summer gardening calgary

  • Lettuce (outdoor)
    • Varieties that grow well in Calgary – Prizehead (Leaf Lettuce), Cos or Romaine (Romaine Lettuce)
  • Radish (outdoor)
    • Varieties that grow well in Calgary – Cherry Belle (round), French Breakfast (tubular)
  • Spinach (outdoor)
    • Varieties that grow well in Calgary – Bloomsdale Longstanding, Tyees
  • Swiss Chard (outdoor)
    • Varieties that grow well in Calgary – Bright Lights (coloured stems), Fordhook Giant (white stems)

 

Oct-Dec

Fall gardening calgary

  • Garlic (outdoor)

 

Jan-Mar

Winter gardening calgary

  • Leek (indoor)
  • Onion (indoor)

 

Worried that your green thumb more closely resembles a black thumb? Who to Call Calgary has a number of  people for hire who can help you get started, ranging from Landscape Design to Weed Control.

 

For a more specific breakdown of when to plant and harvest each vegetable check out this Planting Dates Calendar where you can also set notifications to remind yourself when you need to plant what, all year long.

For more detail about a few of the more poplar vegetables, and as the source of the “Varieties that grow best” visit Community Crop.

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