Seeds and Organic Gardening in Ottawa

Written by Denise Deby.

Kale, carrots, dill by briannaorg via Flickr (creative commons license)
Kale, carrots, dill by briannaorg via Flickr (creative commons license)

If you’re looking to start a garden or add some diversity to what you plant in your vegetable patch, you can visit Seedy Saturday on March 2, 2013. It’s a place to swap or buy local, heritage and organic seeds, attend workshops on backyard food production, permaculture, seed saving and worm composting, and help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Seedy Saturday in Ottawa. It’s at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, Britannia Beach (102 Greenview Ave.) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. If you can’t get out to Seedy Saturday but want to find out more about organic seeds, check out Greta’s Organic Gardens—Greta’s been a force behind Seedy Saturday in Ottawa for years.

If you’re not sure what to do with all those seeds, or don’t have much garden space, you can learn about container gardening at the Peace and Environment Resource Centre (PERC)’s Organic Container Gardening Workshop, also on Saturday, March 2, 2013. The “PERCshop” facilitator, Rob Danforth from Canadian Organic Growers, will explain how to grow organic herbs and vegetables in a small space. The event from 1-4 p.m. at St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 174 First Ave., includes an eco-auction and some announcements by PERC. You need to register with PERC.

Canadian Organic Growers’ Ottawa-St. Lawrence-Outaouais (OSO) Chapter will also be running workshops in April on Organic Gardening in the City. You can find out more at

One thought on “Seeds and Organic Gardening in Ottawa

  • I am trying to branch out in the field of organic backyard growing and am interested in finding out if anyone east of BC (more specifically Ottawa) has attempted Bokashi composting and, if so, is there anywhere in the Ottawa area that one can get the microbes to make the bran mash?

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