Bowmanville Garden Allotments

Mid April News: Welcome back for the 2016 Gardening season 

We made it now to growing season number 4. 

Its time to make arrangements for booking your plots email Bill at or by phone 905-623-3248. Good news no price increases! 

Pricing as follows:
12 feet by 17 feet $35
12 feet by 35 feet $50

If you had a plot last year please contact Bill to let him know your returning and make arrangements for payment so it is not given to anyone else. We are adding some new plots on the southern side of the garden.

Compost has arrived to start getting your soil ready for the new season.
If you plan on planting cold crops its time crops such as peas will be ready by the end of June if planted now!

Most of the plots are workable ( please note the south west side is still a bit wet hopefully it will dry out soon.) 

Please use caution where you park as some of the parking area is muddy and you do not want to get stuck so try to stay near the driveway to prevent getting stuck in the mud. 

If you had taken any poster to put up please this is the time to post them to encourage new gardeners to join us this year.  

Our Facebook Page is now back up and running so please take a moment to "like our page" 

For now take care and Happy gardening. 

A new organization needs resources

While at Seedy Saturday this past weekend (Feb 16/13) I picked up a brochure for an organization called DIG

It's an extraordinary idea!   It's well worth a visit to their website:

I think we ought to be part of this organization - let me know what you think!  contact me:  SHER

It's a new year!

How time flies!  It's almost time to start gardening again!  GREAT!

This year we hope to double our gardening families - up to over 50 - so if you want a plot on which to grow some veggies, or to teach your kids how to do it (arm them early with good knowledge) then get in touch with either SHER   BILL  or   REID


Hello!  Welcome to the new webpage for the new Bowmanville Garden Allotments!  Yes, it has been a long time coming, but the Allotments are finally here!


Do you live in an apartment?  Is your backyard really too small to have a garden?  Do you want to become more self-sufficient?  Would you like your kids to learn how to garden?  Would YOU like to learn how to garden?  If you have answered YES to any of these questions then you are on the right website!

The allotment is in Bowmanville, Ontario, with the site  on Haines St., south of the Bowmanville Cemetery, at the south end of the vacant land.  Once full, the allotment site will allow nearly 500 families to have a garden plot.

If you see something here you like, or you need further information, please get in touch with either:

Sher    Bill   or     Reid

Useful Websites

The Canadian Organic Gardeners:


Master Gardeners of Ontario  


Mark Cullen - tv personality, garden expert


From the 'How To' series of websites - reader driven


The Incredible Seed Company - you must watch the video from Matt in 'Your Gardens' section


City Farmer e-magazine - this is an American publication/website, but the articles are fantastic!  A Must See Site!  You'll go back time and again!


Sher Leetooze - author of 'Companion Planting'  and

'Birds, Bugs, Bees and Butterflies'


Places you can find our booth and learn more about the allotments:

Seedy Saturday

February 16, 2013

Pickering Recreation Complex

1867 Valley Farm Road, Pickering


Oshawa Spring Home Show

March 8, 9, 10, 2013

G.M. Centre,

Athol St.,

Oshawa, Ontario


Clarington Home and Garden Show

April 13, 14 2013

Garnet Rickard Centre

Hwy #2,

Bowmanville, Ontario

Did you visit our booth at any of these venues?  Get in touch!  Tell us what you thought about it.

Sher             Bill               Reid

Have a suggestion for an event where we can promote the Allotments?  Tell us at any or all of the e-mail links above.

Gardening Calendar - month by month

January and February

There's not a lot we can do in the garden during the winter months, not even here in what some call the "Banana Belt", yup - Bowmanville is a lot warmer than many places in Ontario.  The best passtime is reading the seed catalogues, laying out a site plan, erasing it 10 times!  By the time spring comes you'll have it right!

In many areas there is an event called Seedy Saturday. In this area it is held the first Saturday in February at Pickering.  It is hosted by the gardeners at Pickering Pioneer Village out at Greenwood.  It is held at the big community centre at Pickering Recreation Complex,1867 Valley Farm Road, Pickering.  There is always something of interest there for gardeners of every age and ability, as well as a seed exchange.  Last year, there was an "Ask a Gardener" table, manned by very knowledgeable Master Gardeners.  It's worth a visit.

Well, Seedy Saturday is now past news.  Yes, we were there, and what a nice surprise we had, too!  People from all over the Region came up to our booth and congratulated us on getting the allotment up and going!  Wow!  We didn't know so many people knew about the project!  But, I guess good news travels!  And the Allotments are good news!

As I write this (first part of February) the weather has been spring-like.  It would be nice to think it will continue this way, but I'm not holding my breath!  But just in case it IS good weather from now until spring actually arrives, then we may be getting on the land at the allotments a lot earlier than planned.  Keep your fingers crossed for the end of April!  See you on the allotments!!

Before the month is over, and before all that snow melts (ooppss!  too late - it melted yesterday!) go to an upstairs window and look out at your garden.  Now, with it empty and bare, you can see its "bones" and see just where it needs a little help.  Where do you need further planting?  Will a little shrub look right in that spot you were planning for it? Your bird's-eye view from upstairs will help you make some decisions.


This month you ought to be able to trudge through the snow to the garden shed to find your tools and make sure the spades are sharp and clean, to see if the hand trowel needs a new handle, and to make sure you didn't bend the tines of your garden fork too badly last fall.  Get your equipment in order.  If you have to knock some old mud off the shovel and fork, make sure you have an oily rag handy and give them a polish - helps keep the rust off them.

Some gardeners suggest you should get your pepper seeds planted up in pots indoors toward the end of March.  Yes, they are slow to germinate, but well worth waiting for. I'm hoping to grow purple and white peppers this year - mmmmm are they good!  I don't like my peppers too strong, and these just fit the bill!

If you are lucky enough to have a greenhouse (even a little one with standing room only!) find time this month to get out there and get the place organized.  Wait for a sunny day, then clean the glass or plastic windows, organize your labels and stakes.  If you wait for the nice weather you'll be too busy in the garden to have the time for such jobs!

If you are lucky enough to have a heated greenhouse start the following seeds about mid-month:

Snapdragon, petunias, impatiens, cleome, and dahlia from seed (which grows a re-usable tuber after the first season.

Some people say this is the month to prune deciduous trees and shrubs. I prefer to wait until April when I know any killing frosts won't damage them.  But here in  Bowmanville we are fairly warm.  Wear gloves to keep your hands warm - you may be out there for awhile!

If this month has been really warm and sunny, spray your fruit trees with dormant oil (to keep down the bug population) before they leaf out.

This is the last month when you will have time to do your housework, or any odd jobs you've been planning all winter.  Soon you'll be out in the garden, or out on the allotments every minute God sends you.  So if you have to paint, or clean out a closet - do it now!


Get out the cold frame covers and make sure they are in good repair.  If you don't have any, now is the time to find an old window, or go to the building supply store and purchase the material you need to make some.  You can find good plans for cold frames online.  Why should you have a cold frame?  It sure helps get seeds started in the spring - especially early cool-weather crops.

But, until we actually get there, over the Easter weekend plant your tomato seeds indoors.  Easter is a good time to put most other seeds in pots too!   Easter this year falls on April 8th  and 9th (Easter Sunday and Easter Monday).  Use a good potting soil to start seeds - it gives the new little roots all the nourishment they will need to grow strong and healthy.

This is the time of year to purchase your trees and install them in your garden while they are still dormant, as long as the ground can be worked.  We dug our holes in the fall and filled them with straw and put a board on top, then in the spring all we had to do was remove the board and dig out the straw.  Depending on the weather, you may have to wait until closer to the end of the month.

When choosing your trees do your research - don't choose a tree that will be too large for the spot you have in mind.  And you can't prune a large tree to fit a small space - the tree doesn't cooperate!  AND you could kill your tree if you try too hard to make it fit.

Now is also the time to spray your fruit trees with dormant oil before they leaf out.  If the spring has been really warm I hope you did it last month!




APPLES       / / / /
ASPARAGUS / /          
BEANS   / / / / /  
BEETS   / / / / /  
BLUEBERRIES     / / /    
BROCCOLI   / / / / /  
CABBAGE   / / / / / /
CARROTS     / / / / /
CAULIFLOWER   / / / / / /
CELERY     / / / /  
CHERRIES   / /        
CORN     / / / /  
CUCUMBER   / / / /    
EGGPLANT       / / /  
GRAPES       / / /  
LETTUCE   / / / /    
NECTARINES       / /    
ONIONS     / / / /  
PEACHES     / / /    
PEARS       / /    
PEAS   / / / /    
PEPPERS     / / /    
PLUMS     / /      
POTATOES   / / / /    
RADISHES / / /        
RASPBERRIES     /        
SQUASH       / / / /
STRAWBERRIES   / /        
TOMATOES     / / / / /


  This guide is just that.... a guide. Different areas will have different climate conditions, and you may not see produce as early in one area as you do in another.  Some areas are warmer and the growing or production days extend well into the fall - sometimes nearly to Christmas!  And every back yard has its own eco-system too!  And, every year differs from the last one according to the weather patterns.

This guide is based on starting some seed early indoors.

Some varieties of fruit and veg will ripen earlier or later than others and so this chart tries to take all factors into consideration.  My apples, for instance, come ready in September and October, while other varieties come ready in August and are all done by mid September!

Seed packets all tell you how many days that seed takes to be mature and ready to pick or bloom.  Make sure you stagger the growing days as you choose your seeds.  You don't want everything in your garden to come ready in 70 days!  Boy will you be busy preserving and freezing if they do!  Try to choose some early and some late producing plants.And try planting some of the same crops about 2 weeks apart all spring - this way you will get a constant supply rather than a deluge!


Garden Tips: after the list of seed houses

The first thing you have to do is get some seed.  Here are a few reputable seed houses where you can order a catalogue and see just what is available this year for your garden.  This is only a partial list...

Cottage Gardener Heirloom Seedhouse and Nursery,

4199 Gilmore Rd.,

R.R.l #1,  Newtonville,, ON

L0A 1J0

Dominion Seed House,

P.O. Box 2500,

Georgetown, ON

L7G 5L6

Henry Field's Seed and Nursery Co.,

9353 Graham Rd.,

West Lorne, ON

N0L 2P0

Florabunda Seeds,

1973 Villiers Line,

R.R. #1, Indian River,  ON

K0L 2B0

The Incredible Seed Company,

12002 Hwy 1

RR3 Lawrencetown,  NS

B0S 1M0

Ontario Seed Co.,

P.O. Box 7,

Waterloo, ON

N2J 3Z6

Richter's Herbs,

357 Hwy. 47,

Goodwood, ON

L0C 1A0

Stokes Seeds,

296 Collier Rd.,

P.O. Box 10

Thorold, ON

L2V 5E9

William Dam Seeds,

279 Hwy 8

R.R. #1, Dundas, ON

L9H 5E1

Vesey's Seeds,

P.O. Box 9000,

Charlottetown, PEI,

C1A 8K6

Another place to find good gardening information is at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture website.  Once there you can order a booklet: The Gardener's Handbook, publication #64.  The URL is:



1. Hang a basket  or two of strong smelling flowers near your veggie patch:  petunias, marigolds, geraniums - bugs don't like the smell of them and will stay clear.

2. If you want mulch in your veggie patch to help keep down weeds, consider using an piece of jut-backed carpet.  At the end of the growing season you can shake out the dirt and roll it up and store it until next year when it can serve you again!

3. Mint, Lavender, Chives and Garlic deter ants, so plant these throughout your garden.

4. If you keep your composter at the bottom of the garden, and don't want to walk down there in winter weather with your kitchen waste, keep a covered garbage can near the back door to take your daily kitchen waste, then on a warmer, sunnier day, you can take the garbage can down and empty it into the composter.

5. Save those clear  'clam shell' containers that come with baking, cherry tomatoes, strawberries, etc.  They make excellent mini greenhouses for starting seeds in the early spring.

NB: Some of these tips come from BLOOMERS AND BRITCHES, the heritage gardeners at Pickering Museum Village, Greenwood.

6. Summer flowering bulbs arrive at garden centres toward the end of February, and it is best not to put off making your selection as choicest types often disappear early. 

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