Work bee, planting day & potluck

Workbee is Sunday October 27th

We’ll meet at Lakeside on Sunday October 27 from 10:00 am until approximately noon (or until we’re tired) to prepare the ground for planting day.

What’s we’ll be doing during the workbee

  • Preparing mounds & moats for our apple trees (we’ll give you the scoop on why we’re creating mounds during the workbee)
  • Wrapping hardware cloth around the 8 fruit trees already planted to protect them from critters over the winter
  • Creating a new path & second fruit tree circular planting area

Compost workshop

And remember we have a compost workshop on Saturday October 26 with compost expert Harris Ivens. Learn the secrete ingredient to creating amazing homemade fertilizer for home or garden.

Planting day Saturday November 9th

Saturday November 9, 10:00 am – noon (rain date, Sunday November 10, 10:00 am – noon)

What we’ll plant:

  • 11 apple trees (each a different variety)
  • 2 sweet chestnuts
  • 2 grape vines (which we’ll prune after we plant)
  • aronia berries, haskap berries, blackcurrants, goji berries and schisandra vine (5 flavour berry), gooseberry
  • nuts!
  • black & honey locusts (to feed our fruit trees)

Then we’ll eat:

After we’re done planting, we’ll celebrate over a meal at 764 Meadowood Road in Collins Bay. We’ll have enough vegetarian soup and spelt sourdough bread for everyone, but if you’re able to contribute a potluck dish, bring it with you.

Thank you to our supporters!

  • Canadian Tire on Princess Street for the 30 shrubs and the plums, cherries and pears
  • Rideau 1000 Island Master Gardeners for the 11 apple trees
  • Burt’s Greenhouse for the strawberries and herbs
  • Riley’s for the grapes and gooseberry

New insights into compost: workshop

great compost is teaming with soil fauna

Think you have to keep turning your compost pile to make great compost? Think again… composting is easier than you thought!

Learn how to make your own great compost rich in beneficial microorganisms and nutrients. 

Have you always wanted to compost but not sure of the dos & don’ts? Learn from an expert! Join Harris Ivens, Plant Biologist of Grounded Business Solutions to learn how to create rich fertilizer for your garden.

We’ll introduce you to the missing ingredient from most compost piles, talk a bit about soil biology, and cover ways of increasing the rodent resistance of your compost pile.

Care for the soil. Care for Earth. 

Part of a workshop series sponsored by Lakeside Community Garden’s Forest Garden. You’ll also get to see our fledgling food forest and learn how you can get involved. A Master Gardener from Rideau Thousand Islands Master Gardeners will also be on site to answer general gardening questions. 

Workshop details

When: Saturday October 26th from 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Where: Lakeside Community Garden (next to Centre 70)

What to bring: We’ll build a compost pile during the workshop so please bring gloves. And please save your kitchen waste and bring it with you. We’ll need the kitchen waste for a high nitrogen layer.

Cost: FREE, but donations to help us purchase fruit trees for a food forest are appreciated!

About Harris Ivens

Harris Ivens completed a masters degree in biology comparing plant and soil microbial responses to changes in water and nutrient availability. He is a past faculty member of the Sustainable Agriculture Program at Fleming College and provides farm business, biological soil and plant management consulting. Harris has been consulting for organic and conventional farming operations since 2010.

Lakeside open house: workshops, work party & pizza

Join us on Saturday September 21st for Lakeside Community Garden’s open house.

Planting the strawberry patch

Workshop: an introduction to fruit tree guilds

A fruit tree guild is an edible plant community with a fruit (or nut) tree at the centre. Learn how to combine multi-functional plant species in layers to create a beautiful plant community that not only provides you with food, but supports pollinators and birds, stores water, improves soil fertility, increases pest resistance and captures carbon.

10:00 – 11:30 am

Garden work party and free pizza for volunteers  

Join us in between workshops for a free pizza lunch and to help with garden jobs including mulching pathways, weeding and turning compost. Please bring reusable water bottles and gardening gloves.  

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Tomato seed saving workshop with KASSI

Kingston Area Seed System Initiative is growing beautiful heirloom tomatoes at Lakeside. We will be on hand to demo tomato seed-saving so you can save your seeds too! There will also be tomatoes for tasting.

1:00-2:00 pm 

Public consultation: Lakeside Edible Orchard

Dan planting raspberries at Lakeside Community Garden this spring. Lakeside Edible Orchard will be bursting with raspberries, haskap berries, sour cherries, Saskatoon berries, aronia berries, goji berries and more along with many different varieties of fruit tree.

City of Kingston of sponsoring a public consultation of the proposed Lakeside Community Garden Edible Orchard


Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 4-6 p.m at Lakeside Community Garden, behind Centre 70 (bring a chair or blanket) or Centre 70, 100 Days Rd. (6-8 p.m., rainy day back up)


You are invited to attend the public consultation session on Lakeside Community Garden’s proposed Edible Orchard. The objective of this public consultation is to:

  • Provide background information on the benefits of community orchards and operations
  • Let residents know how they can participate in the establishment of and become a member of the proposed orchard
  • Provide residents with an opportunity to ask questions and voice their support for or concerns about the proposed community orchard

What is a Community Edible Orchard?

An edible orchard is the community led planting, management and harvesting of fruit trees, nut trees and/or shrubs.

Project Background:

The Lakeside Community Garden group have been working with City staff and the Kingston Community Gardens Network to assess the design, function, and costs associated with the development of an edible orchard.


This consultation is to provide an overview of Lakeside Community Garden’s Edible Orchard proposal and discuss its benefits, impacts on the surrounding community, and how the community can get involved.

This meeting is a great opportunity to voice your support or raise any concerns you may have about the proposed garden. The group plans to break ground and implement the garden this summer.

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019; Time: 4-6 p.m.

Location: Lakeside Community Garden, behind Centre 70 (bring a chair or blanket)

Rainy day back up: 6-8 p.m., Centre 70, 100 Days Rd.

Those who are unable to attend are invited to submit their comments in written form by noon on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 to Lilith Wyatt, Community Gardens Network Coordinator at

Lakeside Community Garden contact: Please feel free to contact the garden via Joyce Hostyn at 613-893-4107 or if you have any further questions or would like to become involved.

City of Kingston contact: Lynda Breen, Recreation Program Supervisor, 613-546-4291 x1705,

Workshop: an introduction to fruit tree guilds

We’re building an edible forest garden here at Lakeside! And the foundational building block of our edible forest is going to be fruit tree guilds. We’re planning apple, pear, cherry, plum, persimmon, pawpaw and jujube fruit tree guilds (to name a few).

A fruit tree guild is an edible plant community with a fruit (or nut) tree at the centre.

Fruit tree guild workshop

Learn how to combine multi-functional plant species in layers to create a beautiful plant community that not only provides you with food, but supports pollinators and birds, stores water, improves soil fertility, increases pest resistance and captures carbon.  

Join us at Lakeside Community Garden during Loving Spoonful’s Community Garden Open House Day

Location: Lakeside Community Garden
Date: Saturday September 21st
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am

Get involved

This is the first of a series of workshops on permaculture, forest gardening and regenerative agriculture that we’ll be offering at Lakeside.

If you’re interested in helping build an edible forest garden at Lakeside or want to be on our mailing list for future workshops email

Planning your Plot for Maximum Food Production and Seed Collection


We’re kicking off the 2019 season with a free gardening workshop and potluck.  Everyone in the community is welcome!

Special guest Cate Henderson from the Kingston Area Seeds Savers Initiative (KASSI) is offering the following workshop:

Planning your Plot for Maximum Food Production and Seed Collection

Garden plots are relatively uniform, but the Gardeners are not! Let’s talk plant spacing and protection for what you want to grow and we’ll explore whether you can grow future plants in the form of seed crops at the same time!

Date: April 30th, 2019

Location: RG Sinclair Public School Library (19 Crerar Blvd)

Time: Potluck Dinner – 6:30pm, Workshop – 7-8:30pm

Cost: Free (donations to cover room rental and to support KASSI are appreciated)

Registration:  Click here to register on Eventbrite or email to let us know you’re coming.


The Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI) is a grassroots organization founded by local farmers, backyard and market gardeners, and concerned community members. KASSI promotes responsible stewardship of our seed heritage.