I now live in a 4a zone in Northern Ontario with a 55 day grow season.

Despite this daunting thought I still want to create both veggie and flower gardens for which I have plenty of space and patience to wait for results. If anyone can help this Canadian out with even a website I would be grateful. I do not know the secret of finding Canadian sites because I lack the skills of the techies, bwahaha. Thank you for you time on my behalf.

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  • Carol Thomas Carol Thomas on Mar 27, 2018
    This link has some great info for your area. Good luck! https://www.gardenia.net/plant-combinations/regions/north-america/canada
    • Linda Hunt Linda Hunt on Mar 28, 2018
      Thank you for being so thoughtful Carol! Wonderful site for this wee area. I have micro areas all over here. One spot can be 10 degrees higher or lower than another just fifty feet apart. Makes for some fun guessing, lol.
  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Mar 27, 2018
    You sure are welcome in Texas. Way down near the Mexican border our growing season is close to year round. Here in north Texas, we have about a 9-10 month growing season, depending on the plants and veggies. We love Snow Birds! ☺️ Toni Ziegler, too!
    • Linda Hunt Linda Hunt on Mar 28, 2018
      Dear Jewel, that is the funny thing about us Canadians of a certain age, we either become Snowbirds or we head way North. I am of the far north type, hhahaha. I am so envious of the thought of being able to provide food for 9 to 10 months a year!!! Marvellous.
    • Linda Hunt Linda Hunt on Mar 28, 2018
      Thank you Janet. I am going to be rich with knowledge from my fellow Hometalkers.
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    • You are sooo welcome! Yes learning to Google can be tricky, but not that hard, you just need to "play" with the word combinations or place key words in "quotes." You can easily master this!

      Spring has Sprung for me, the rosebush in front of my bank is already blooming, mine are not far behind, tomatoes, beans, peppers, spinach, herbs are in ground and will be planting more shortly.

      Sending you warm wishes and sunshine! 🌞🌡
    • Linda Hunt Linda Hunt on Mar 28, 2018
      Both of your sites look great Janet, thank you again. I do see that it is difficult finding veggies and flowers that make it in my 55 day growing window. I do not have enough room inside for starting everything indoors, darn it. But, I shall prevail.
  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 27, 2018
    You can start your plants outside in a cold frame or inside with a grow lamp. Check this site http://cwf-fcf.org/en/resources/encyclopedias/flora/ or this http://cwf-fcf.org/en/resources/encyclopedias/flora/ and see if you find anything interesting. Just copy the underlined sites, paste it in your browser, that line at the top that says Hometalk should have a little + sign next to it, click on that + sign and paste in the thing you just copied and hit enter. That way, you can see the site but not leave the Hometalk site. Then, just look there. I don't mean to be condescending, but I don't know what your skill level is on the computer, so I just thought I'd make it as simple as possible in case you didn't know what to do.:) Good luck and happy flowering:)
    • Linda Hunt Linda Hunt on Mar 28, 2018
      Hello Pung61, you have me down correctly, bwahahaha. I lack the necessary skills to do this with this Mac my son gifted me with. I could fly with Microsoft and even remember my days of DOS only!! But, this Mac is such a lesson in frustration and I cannot do a darn thing correctly,hahah. Thanks very much for such precise instructions, trust me, I need them. Enjoy the spring and thank you very much.
  • Candace Candace on Mar 27, 2018
    I live in Canada An day grow peppers! I use shallow garden boxes so the heat gets to the soil. 14” deep. I grow potatoes in cloth burlap bags, easy to harvest
    • Linda Hunt Linda Hunt on Mar 28, 2018
      What is the length of growing season where you are Candace? Mine is only 55 days and so far everything I knew is no longer useful because I was used to the 80 to 90 days of growing!!!! Would you share the varieties you grow if you are also in a short season area? Thank you.
  • Candace Candace on Mar 27, 2018
    * and I grow peppers and tomatoes
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Mar 27, 2018
    I live in zone 4b in SE Minnesota. I watch the seed packets for the amount of days it takes to get to maturity when it comes to picking what I am going to plant. Bush beans grow quickly, if you want you can plant every two weeks to have succession planting and a little longer producing. You can start a lot of things indoors and plant as soon as the ground reaches about fifty degrees. There are some things, like corn and carrots that don't take well to being transplanted, so you would have to plant the seeds in the garden, just look for faster maturing kinds. I probably have a longer growing period than you do, but I am able to grow lots of veggies by purchasing plants, the bigger ones will mature more quickly since the are larger. I plant some more in pots, like lettuce, more peppers, herbs and a tomato plant. I have them near the garage and on wheels so that I can move them into the garage when it gets cold enough at night, but warm enough during the day and that lengthens the growing time also.
    • Linda Hunt Linda Hunt on Mar 28, 2018
      What a wonderful amount you can grow Nancy. I lived in Southern Manitoba for a time. Beautiful countries we live in. I have no room indoors for now and no garage also for now, bwahahaha but I live in hope. This year I may bite the bullet and buy plants....next year is probably a good goal for an actual garden but what fun planning will be. Thanks and happy gardening to you.
  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 28, 2018
    You're welcome Linda. I remember when I stated using the computer, whomever was telling me stuff could have been speaking another language! Some called that little thing you stick in the side an external drive, some called it a thumb drive, some called it extra space, and one even called it a stick and "that thing you poke in the side"! Eventually it dawned on me. Not the next dawn, but months of different dawns and twilights and evenings:( But, I finally got the hang - sort of - of it. I was sure a terabyte was something you got from a dinosaur! I hope you could see the sites I sent. What I do is just type in what I want to learn about and usually something comes up:) Good luck and I hope you get what you want and some beautiful flowers and veggies.

    • Linda Hunt Linda Hunt on Apr 01, 2018
      Pung61, oh yes, everything is very helpful!!! This year I will accept as my planning year and the creation of beds for next year. This will be my best plan for long term investment. Thanks os much and I am fortunate because my Meadow has what many call weeds but I call them flowers and food, bwahahaha.
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Mar 28, 2018
    Linda, if you grow your garden in pots, you will be able to take advantage of the fact that the sun will hit the pots and warm the soil and may mature plants easier. The smaller tomatoes like early girl will mature faster. I put my one that I put in a pot in a minimum of twenty four inches across. I had more than enough tomatoes ripen just on that plant that I was giving them away to relatives and friends. I grew leaf lettuce in the same pot, six in that pot and it took me through late fall because I wheeled it out of the hot sun when it was too warm and only gave it morning and evening sun. I grow herbs in ten to twelve inch pots and have a large bounty each year, as the plants get huge, in the fall I pick and dry or freeze them for use until the crop the next year. You can grow just about anything in pots as long as the pots are big enough for the mature plants. You should try a couple of pots and see if that works for you. Starting plants indoors doesn't take up much room. If you have a bookcase that isn't too tall it would hold the starter containers without a problem, get a grow light to hang above them and you are set. I repurposed and aquarium stand in my library for that last year, and it has now become a permanent plant stand for a big terrarium from a repurposed critter cage and holds whatever plants need the light in that room (southern sun in the winter). I rearranged my little library/back room to hold five large hibiscus plants over the winter, it definitely is crowded, but they are still alive to go outside when it finally decides to get warmer! You can do it! If you talk to someone from your county extension, they may have many suggestions for flowers and veggies that will thrive in the growing season that you have. If you do some pots and they are large it is easy to make a low stand with casters with plywood, just get good casters from the local home improvement store that aren't all plastic, they don't last but a few days. Being able to move them is a big plus!
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    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Apr 01, 2018
      Linda, I get my big pots at Home Depot and Walmart. The big ones they always carry that are plastic (in some colors, too!) are under ten dollars for the big ones here where I live. I caught two last winter on sell out for just a couple of dollars, and I will use them this year, maybe for some more lettuce. The big plastic ones are good for tomatoes. I used the tallest cage I had on my tomato last year, and ended up having to get really tall thin metal posts to help the plant from not breaking off, the plant, without the pot was about five feet high! You can easily do this this year and get bountiful pots of produce and flowers!
  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Mar 28, 2018
    If you build raised beds, the soil will warm up faster and be easier for you to tend. You will get a longer growing season this way. Put good soil, compost, peat moss into the bed. You could also add a 2" plastic pipe with holes in it to use as a water supply and place in the bed as it will dry out faster than regular ground.
    • Linda Hunt Linda Hunt on Apr 01, 2018
      Joychevi thank you for the idea of the 2" pipe! I do plan on all my beds being raised as I go along and that will help me with the watering. Thanks very much.
  • Carol Thomas Carol Thomas on Mar 28, 2018
    You are most welcome Linda! I love my flowers and plants, they make me happy. I want you to have some too!
  • Betsy Betsy on Apr 01, 2018
    To tell you the truth, now, instead of starting plants indoors, I just wait until it's time to plant and buy the ones I want from the nursery. They are usually sturdier and healthier and, I don't have that frustration of tiny, leggy,dead plants in my starter box. It's not that more expensive and you don't have all of that work to do. And, as a bonus, you have a choice of plants. I get regular and cherry tomatoes and different varieties. Did you know, and you probably did but I'm going to tell you any way, that thre are 2 kinds of tomato plants? There are determinate and indeterminate. The determinate grow as bushes, not too tall and pretty compact. The indeterminate are taller and are all over the place because they are tall, and need staking. To be honest, I haven't really had good luck with the determinates. They are good for patios and such. Maybe the indeterminate are best for me because I'm all over the place a lot of the time, too:) Don't forget to plant marigolds around your tomato plants, they keep the tomato bugs away, pretty much.
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