Living in an apartment doesn't always give you easy access to an outdoor space for growing fruits and veggies.

Cities across Ontario have stepped up and are offering community gardens for people that don't have space for gardens themselves.

Right now, in the city of Burlington, the community gardens are getting ready for the 2017 gardening season. The season runs from May 1st to October 22nd, 2017. Of the four locations available, the Maple Park Community Garden is within walking distance from our Burlington Apartments.

If community gardening is something you want to participate in, apply online or in person at The Burlington Seniors' Centre. Applications are accepted until November 30th. Any late applications are submitted for the 2018 gardening season.

All applications are entered into a lottery, and on December 1st, garden plots are drawn. Notices for all drawn applications will go out the first week of December so registrants know which location and plot that have been given.

Soil, water, compost, are included in the $50 seasonal fee. You will also have access to a garden shed and some large gardening tools.

Over the winter, participants in the community gardens can start to prepare their growing plants. Pick the types of fruit or vegetable you wish to grow, purchase seeds, and prepare your seeds. If you are new to gardening this planting guide can help.


Other cities that offer garden plots include:

Etobicoke had great success with their Gardens Pod Project and are looking to start again for the 2017 growing season. Click here and keep watch for news on participating for the 2017 season.

Guelph has many community gardens across the city and the newest addition is at Sunny Acres Park, just a 10 minute walk or 2 minute car ride away from our 283 Bristol Street apartments.

Gardens available to the public in Kitchener and Waterloo can be found here.

The city of Mississauga has 5 community garden locations including The Garden of the Valley location which is just a short drive from our Lolita Gardens apartment community.

The Lyons Lane community garden in Oakville is just a short drive from our Oakville rental community.

To find community garden locations near our Toronto or Scarborough apartment buildings, use this interactive map.

Tillsonburg has had a community garden since 2011. To get involved, click here.