As the weather starts to improve, you may be looking for tips to start a garden. Gardening is a proven way to help reduce stress as well as provide physical activity and mental health benefits. It is also a great way to grow your own vegetables and reduce steps in the food chain.
Although it is still too cold to begin planting outdoors, now is the perfect time to start your seeds indoors.
» CREATING YOUR OWN POTTING CONTAINERS «
There are many ways to create your own potting containers with materials found around your home. Below are some links to websites and videos that provide instructions for creating your own:
Homemade Seed Starting Pots – this 5 minute YouTube video shows you how to make three different types of homemade seed starting pots. These include pots made from newspaper, toilet paper rolls and egg cartons.
» GARDENING eBOOKS «
The Haliburton County Public Library has some really great ebooks about gardening available to borrow or place a hold via https://haliburtonlibrary.ca by searching in the online catalogue, or by going directly to http://downloadcentre.library.on.ca/ . For example, the ebook “Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens” by Barbara Pleasant is suitable for novices and contains chapters on Direct Seeding, Starting Seeds Indoors, and Starting Seeds Step-by-step.
All that is needed to borrow gardening ebooks is a library card and pin, and you can now register for a new library card or renew an expired library card directly on HCPL’s website (Anyone who doesn’t know their pin can phone us at 705-457-2241 and leave a voicemail and we’ll get back to them).
» SAVE YOUR SEEDS «
The Haliburton County Public Library has a seed library in the Dysart, Minden and Wilberforce branches, and it relies 100% on donations of seeds from local individuals (please note: it can’t be accessed while branches are closed ). Please consider saving your seeds at the end of the growing season for HCPL’s seed library.
» MANAGING ORGANIC WASTE IN YOUR BACKYARD «
Interested in reducing your impact on the environment by cutting your waste output by 20% or more? Composters ($39 flat fee) and digesters ($83 flat fee) are now available for purchase at the Haliburton Landfill Site.
For more information on the difference between these unique systems, please click here.
For more information on the compost units available, please visit the FreeGardenTM Earth website here.
Concerned about wildlife? Unlike digester units, which are enclosed systems that break down organic waste without air, compost bins require aeration to function properly. Bears find food with their noses, so precautions must be taken when composting in bear country. Check out the link below to learn more.
» Community Gardens «
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has posted up to date information about community gardens. To learn more about community gardens and what regulations are in place visit the HKPR website community garden page.