I’m learning the differences in gardening techniques used on the far east coast of the country, compared to being inland in the west, where I was gardening for over 10 years.
(Me, in the old garden)
In Alberta, we had mountains to the southwest of us, the clash of hot and cold in that area could make for quite violent storms, even tornadoes. Here, we have hurricanes to worry about, which usually make their way up the Atlantic Ocean from the tropical south.
The season change is quite different; in Edmonton now, the leaves are browning quickly from the early frost. Indeed, the Edmonton Autumn season is often just a few weeks long at which point we would plunge into winter. Spring would happen much the same, from freezing -30°C nighttime temperatures, to sunny +30°C days in just a week or two.
(My old garden view)
Spring is a big deal in Edmonton, when gardening, much of your efforts begin in the winter, planning and starting seedlings, and often by March you can start to harden off some plants outdoors or even start some hearty greens out in the garden beds. Summer is very hot, too hot for many greens, so early spring is the time for many cold loving veggies, like lettuce and radish.
Newfoundland is much different. It rains, and rains, and then rains some more.
Being on the coast, the plants here must have well draining soil, spring is often quite cold and wet. The benefit here is more the autumn months. It’s drier, most of the annoying bugs have moved on, and you don’t always plunge into freezing temperatures early in the season. Freak huge snowfalls can happen pretty much any time, though the salty air from the ocean usually keeps the temperature around 0°C for much of the year, so you don’t always end up with a thick layer of seriously frozen earth like you consistently do in Edmonton.
(My new garden view)
You have the ability to grow in greenhouses for much longer, and with row covers and cold frames, you can extend the outdoor garden further as well. Next year I plan to start lots of cold hardy kale in the cold frames August, and see how well it holds up! I’m hoping to be able to harvest outdoor greens for much of the winter eventually. Got a few idea I’ll try out, so stay tuned, it should get interesting! ❤️
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