Resources for Edmonton gardens

Books [separate page]

Because I’m a librarian, I look at tons and tons of books related to gardening. These are some of the ones I recommend.


These are charts and lists I’ve developed over the years for use in my own garden. You are welcome to use them or share them in any way that is useful to you.

Edible Perennials for Zone 3
My master list, which also includes a few biennials and self-sowing annuals. The list is divided into two sections: What I have growing in my yard right now (and have overwintered successfully) and my wishlist.

Plant rotation chart
Lists of plants by family, including whether they are light, medium or heavy feeders or nitrogen fixers. I use this to determine where to plant what.

When to Start
A list of when to start edible and useful plants (both indoor and outdoor) in Edmonton.


Edible plants

Plants for a Future (PFAF) – Plant Database
Useful edible or medicinal plants.

The Urban Farmer – Edible Plants for the Prairies
This is one of the most useful websites I’ve found for edible perennials for Edmonton.

Eric Toensmeier – Perennial Vegetables for Extreme Cold
A really useful and exhaustive list!

Sustainable Homesteading – Growing a Cold-Hardy Food Forest

Native Plants

Alberta Native Plant Council

Edmonton Naturalization Group

Local Food

Just Food Edmonton – blog
They have a huge list of CSAs, farmers’ markets, local producers and more

Email lists

Edmonton Food Council – Food in the City

Forums & Online Communities

Far North Gardening – Facebook
This is a closed group, but you can ask to join.

Far North Gardens – Houzz
This set of forums used to be part of GardenWeb. It is quite an active forum and you can find lots of great information there.


City of Edmonton – Weed Identification

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