How to plan and grow a small garden on your balcony or pots/container – Urban Organic Vegetable and Herb Gardens Part 1/2

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Rob Danforth, a gardener of over 45 years, shares his experience on growing food in a small and limited space, from planning, choosing a location, to tools and soil to storage and winterizing. A well-thought-through guide with many practical tips for growing food in Ottawa.

Workshop Facilitator:
Rob Danforth, experienced urban organic vegetable/herb gardener:

  • Backyard (45 yrs. & on-going)
  • Gloucester Allotment Gardens (14 yrs.)
  • Arrowsmith Community Gardens & Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard garden (7 yrs.)

(seminars, articles, workshops, & consultation booths) for:

  • Just Food Community Garden Network (8 yrs.)
  • Canadian Organic Growers Ottawa Chapter (9 yrs.)
  • Senior Organic Gardeners (3 yrs. + on-going advisor)
  • and private bookings (7 yrs.).

Rob’s published gardening articles on Canadian Organic Growers since 2016
can be found on

  • “Colorado Potato Beetle,” Summer 2016
  • “Box Beds,” Winter 2017
  • “In-door Germination,” Spring 2017
  • “Composting,” Fall 2017
  • “Bug Hotels & Restaurants,” Dec. 2017
  • “Weed Wisdom,” March 2018
  • “Mulches — pluses and minuses,” June 2018
  • “Cutworms, the lumberjacks of the in-ground Vegetable Garden,” Dec. 2018;
  • “Self-watering Containers,” March 2019;
  • “Eco-friendly Watering” June 2019;
  • “The Cold Frame, a Gardening Advantage” Sept 2019;
  • “Garden Tools” Dec.2019;
  • “Planning for no-till gardening,” March 2020.


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