Gardening at Home

Whether you are part of a community garden or not here are some useful links & pages for you.

1. Garden Guides

This easy beginner guide on the basics of gardening in the Ottawa region is available in 5 different languages (English, French, Mandarin, Arabic and Spanish). Start with the basics needed to set up a community garden – from soil, composting and seeds to harvesting and preparing for the winter.

2. Gardening Workshops

These BASIC gardening online recorded sessions are FREE, so everyone who is interested in food gardening can get started.

These online workshops are produced by Community Gardening Network at Just Food, in partnership with community partners and garden instructors.

3. The Ottawa Seed Library

Seed Saving is a traditional skill that we have been losing over the last 100 years.  Gardeners who save seeds are able to adapt seeds for there conditions; easily share an abundance of seeds with friends, families, & neighbours; and join the Ottawa Seed Library Community!

The Ottawa Seed Library “lends,” out seeds to interested gardeners, who will receive training & resources to grow them successfully to seed each year.  At the end of the year bring some of it back & ensure that new growers have access in future years!

Please navigate to the Ottawa Seed Library page for more information.

4. Plant a Row Donate a Row

How can we give more back to our communities?

This is a common question coming from community gardeners, luckily for us it’s easy! Just Plant a row in your garden & after the harvest Donate a Row! It’s that simple!

5. Front Yard Edible Gardening

This section has all you need to know if you wish to start gardening in you front yard. Turn your lawn into a lush food producing garden!

6. Pest Control Strategies

Just Food has now gathered information from a Master Gardener, online resources, an experienced garden workshop facilitator, and gardeners to create a list of strategies to help limit the impact of pests in your gardens. We start with smaller critters and thereafter discuss larger animals. Learn more.

7. Local support groups

Ottawa local gardeners formed these groups on social media so gardeners new and experience can ask questions and exchange. Click the links below to find out more and to join.

Ottawa Plant Cycle facebook group.

Edible Ottawa Gardens Group on facebook.


Start-up Farm Program

Just Food established the Start-Up Farm Program to support new farmers in the Ottawa region. By offering access to land, shared infrastructure/equipment, and training, the program aims to enable more people in this region to start their own successful farm business.

> Read More about Just Food’s Start-up Farm program