Frequently Asked Questions
The Halifax Garden Network Website is an online resource for urban gardeners in the Halifax Regional Municipality. If you have a question, please submit it through the Contact Us form at the bottom of any page. The HGN is maintained by volunteers, and will respond to the best of their ability.
When you are planning a new garden in the city it is important to consider the health of your soil.
Because of industrial practices over the years, natural soil chemistry, motor vehicle emissions, and lead and zinc in old house paint for example, some of our city’s soil is contaminated. So when you are ready to start planning your new garden, it is important to test your soil for common contaminates so that you can have a clear idea of the health of your soil and make informed decisions that feel safe for you and your community.
For more information see the Soil Testing Guide
Are there groups or organizations that provide educational and skills building workshops for community gardens?
Learning Gardens & Workshops
There are a few gardens, farmers, and shops that offer workshops and chances to learn more about gardening. These are good places to learn a certain topic, or to ask for advice.
Dalhousie Community Garden: Usually offers workshops in July and August.
Spryfield Urban Farm Museum: They have great garden programming and events. Keep an eye on their calendar.
Halifax Seed: They offer workshops on a variety of topics and can sometimes be helpful in figuring out specific problems in the garden.
Common Roots Urban Farm (CRUF): This is a vibrant community space with lots of offering for the public. They list events on their Facebook page.