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.

Do I need to test my soil? If so, how can I do this?

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

How can I join a community garden?

Go to the Map page for a complete list of Community Gardens in the HRM.

Contact the person responsible for the specific community garden to inquire about opportunities to join.

Don’t see your garden listed? Register your garden.

How can I start a community garden in my neighbourhood?

We believe the more gardens we have in cities the better! Check out Planning Your Garden for how to start a community garden in your neighbourhood – see the Community Garden Best Practices Toolkit or the 10 Steps to Starting a Community Garden Resources

How can I find out about community garden events and resources across the HRM?

See the Events page.

Please submit your own Workshops or Call for Volunteers to invite others to join your gardening activities!

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.