Environment | September 20, 2022
Do you have a backyard, balcony or a window with a lot of light? Despite living in the city, you could still grow your own vegetables and herbs. All you need is soil, seeds or seedlings, water and a little bit of effort to have a small vegetable or herb garden at your home.
Many vegetables, herbs or fruits planted in Mississauga can thrive like lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, basil, cilantro, oregano, parsley, cherries, pears, strawberries and raspberries. Timing is everything when it comes to a home garden. Once fruits, herbs or vegetables are picked, they lose flavour along with tenderness and nutritional value, so it’s important to know when to harvest them.
When to harvest vegetables in the summer and fall:
When to harvest fruits:
When to harvest herbs like oregano, basil, thyme, parsley, sage, dill, chives and cilantro:
Did you know the City works with Ecosource to maintain community gardens across Mississauga? These spots provide residents with a place to garden and grow food.
In 2021, a total of 10,660 pounds of food was grown on Mississauga-owned land through individual and community plots. According to Ecosource, almost half of the total (47 per cent) was donated to local food banks to provide vulnerable families with nutritious food options. Some of the harvested produce donated included tomatoes, kale, beets and beans. Since the start of the pandemic, food insecurity has been on the rise with higher food prices and inflation. As a solution, many residents are starting to grow their own food.
Urban Agriculture in Mississauga
With an increased need for urban agriculture in Mississauga, the City has launched a new Urban Agriculture Strategy aimed at growing more food locally to ensure residents have access to healthy foods in their neighbourhoods.
The strategy will encourage healthier lifestyles, empower the community to learn new skills about growing and harvesting produce and strengthen relationships between the City and the community.
Nothing tastes better than homegrown produce! If you’re interested in growing your own veggie or herb garden, start with what you are interested in growing, determine how big of a space you have to plant and do a little research regarding the best approach and timing.
For more information on starting your garden, visit Ecosource Publications such as the Food Citizen Manual, Grown in Mississauga Training Manual and other resources.
For more local information about community growing, food growers and other resources, visit:
Looking to shop local? Visit a Farmers Market in Mississauga.