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How to Start a Vegetable Garden in Calgary

Posted by Rachel R. Vanderveen on Friday, May 10th, 2013 at 1:28pm.

After many years of being all talk, we finally bit bullet and made a vegetable garden, and we were so thrilled with how cheap and easy it was, that we decided to make 2 more. I’ve wanted our own vegetable garden for a while now for a number of reasons.


The first is that I’ve become increasingly disenchanted with the quality of our food ever since I spent a year in Italy. Once you taste what produce actually should taste like, you just can’t get it out of your mind whenever you bite into bland tomato, or lifeless bean. Now granted, the food in Canada is way better than in the States, but still it’s nothing like Italy. I was able to somewhat overcome bland produce by buying food at the farmers market, but this was so expensive and I always found it hard to plan what I was going to use, and it was annoying to get back there in a pinch if I forgot one item.

The next reason that I wanted our own garden is because we’re a family of 7 (soon to be 8!) and I thought it would be a great way to curb expenses, and so far, it really has been! I can’t believe how cheap it was.

The last reason is that with all of our kids in homeschool, a family garden was a perfect learning experience for the kids, and so far they have all loved it and have been key players in setting up our own home garden.

So if this type of thing is up your alley, I’ll give you a brief explanation of what we have and how we made it. You should know that Clint and I have zero gardening experience. We did it all from watching YouTube videos and getting advice from seasoned gardeners. Clint was kind enough to put together a video of how he built our boxes, and I’ll tell you what I chose to put in them. It was important for our family to get foods with a quick harvest time so that we could get in 2 or 3 harvests before fall.  We should have the full explanation of how to do this within about a week. Looking forward to sharing!

Rachel Vanderveen

The Vanderveen Team
Maxwell South Star Realty
Phone: 403.253.5678 Fax: 403.592.6736

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