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.


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.

A Facebook user posted this unique idea for starting seeds.



The Haliburton County Public Library has some really great ebooks about gardening available to borrow or place a hold via by searching in the online catalogue, or by going directly to .  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).



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.



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.

Learn more about how to compost here.
Learn how to use a digester here.

For more information on the compost units available, please visit the FreeGardenTM Earth website here.

For more information on the digester units, please visit The BardmaticTM Digester website here. Installation and maintenance instructions for this unit can be found 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.

Backyard Composting
Click to view Backyard Composting information.


» 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.


The Municipality of Dysart et al is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will provide information and updates as they become available. For more information please visit our home page and blog posts.