Gardening Tips and Tools


The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived! Very soon, the flowers will be blooming, the bees will be buzzing, and the birds will be singing their melodious tunes, welcoming the vibrant energy of the gardening season.

For all the novice gardeners out there, we wanted to share a short and sweet list of resources to get your hands dirty and to help you enjoy the fruits of the growing season! No matter the knowledge, experience or space available to you, there are ways for everyone to get involved in urban gardening. 

The basics

Looking to care for a garden this year, and don’t know where to start? Here are the basic things to take into consideration, and some resources to guide you on your way. 

  1. Planning your garden: in search of inspiration for what to grow this year? Consult this simple and free planting guide developed by Tournesol Cooperative Farm. 
  2. Seeds: these are the basis of any gardening project. Check out Magali’s blog post on seeds for some suggestions on where to source the best seeds and how to support local producers. 
  3. Planting and transplanting: some plants need to be started indoors as soon as February or March in order to have time to grow fully, but many others are fine to direct seed in the garden in the spring. Here’s a guide on planting and transplanting from Marchés publics de Montréal, and an introductory guide on growing your own seedlings from Espace pour la Vie to bookmark for next year.
  4. Buying seedlings: if you don’t have the space or gear to grow your own, buying seedlings is a great alternative. For example, Jean-Talon Market is a great place to find a wide variety of seedlings. 
  5. Compost, soil and mulch: the three most important components of your garden beds or containers. Many Montreal boroughs organize free distribution days: consult the calendar (dates to be added soon). They can also be bought at most hardware stores. 


Looking to take your gardening knowledge to the next level? Here is a list of organizations and producers offering workshops and trainings that cover a range of skills. 

For a more extensive list of organizations offering education and workshops on urban agriculture, consult the members page of Cultiver Montréal.

Community supported agriculture

Are you lacking a green thumb, but still want to enjoy garden-fresh tomatoes? Are you looking to support local farmers while also enjoying delicious organic produce all season long? Look no further than the Family Farmers’ Network. This Québec-wide network allows you to find nearby farmers and to sign up for a weekly delivery of fresh produce baskets all throughout the season.

Looking for more advice or resources? Don’t hesitate to come chat with one of the urban agriculture team members next time you’re at the Roulant. 

Happy gardening!

*BIPOC: black, indigenous, people of color

Adrienne, educational Farm Manager