Sunny Mount Community Garden

Welcome! The Sunny Mount Community Garden has a stunning location overlooking Sunny Mount Park on Ruhl Drive in the Willmott neighbourhood, Milton.

We have over 35 plots available for lease on an annually renewable basis to residents of Milton. Many of our current gardeners have been here for over 5 years. Gardeners are welcome to grow what they want with some limitations and are responsible for the proper maintenance of their own plots and surrounding walk ways. We have a buddy system where more experienced gardeners offer advice or assistance to newer or less experienced gardeners. New for 2021: We have a community donation plot this year where we grow vegetables and donate them to community groups for people in need. We have two pollination gardens along the fence which encourage bees and butterflies.

Some FAQs:

How much? To rent a plot  is between $30 and $40 per plot, per season. New for 2022: a $50 refundable clean up deposit will be required

Insurance: For insurance purposes, plot holders are required to be paid members of the Milton District Horticultural Society. Family – $25 covers two adults living at the same address. If your partner or spouse or any other person will be assisting you in maintaining your plot, you must select a family membership. Membership is annual and runs from January 1st to December 31st.  Membership in the Society also gives you full access to the guest speakers, the monthly newsletter, and other events.

What can I plant?: You can plant almost anything except for invasive species like mint and any controlled substance. We have a lot of success with tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beans, okra, bitter melon, watermelon, carrots, lettuce, potatoes, garlic, onions, cabbage, zucchini, squash, celery, turnips, beets…..well, just about anything! But some years are better than others.

Can I plant year-round?: Yes, as long as you renew before the end of the summer growing season. Many members grow garlic over the winter.

Who can join?: Any resident of Milton is welcome to join.

I’m new to gardening, or gardening in Milton/Ontario/Canada. Can I join?: Yes! We love to share our knowledge and learn from others. You do not need to be an expert!

What is expected of me if I join?: It is expected that each plot holder maintain their garden and the surrounding walk ways. It’s also expected that each person volunteer to assist in other aspects of the garden like maintenance, construction of plots, watering the pollinator gardens, maintaining the compost, participating in work days, promoting on social media, coordinating the donation of surplus produce, and other activities. While we have a great relationship with the Town of Milton, we maintain the whole garden ourselves so it’s up to us to keep it successful.

What will I need to get started?: You’ll need your own gardening tools (trowel, small fork, and watering can are a good start) and seeds or seedlings. We have tomato cages and garden stakes available at the start of each season, and larger garden tools (shovels, wheelbarrows, forks etc) are available upon request.

How can I get involved?: We are full for 2021, but we are accepting waitlist applications for 2022 and beyond. If you are interested in joining us in the future, please fill out an application form to be added to the waiting list.  Once a plot becomes available you will be contacted. In the meantime, consider joining the society to gain the benefits of learning from expert speakers, fellow gardeners, and participating in other local events, exclusively available to members including discounts at local garden centres.

Click here (or use this url: https://forms.gle/sreaAFyz9oVUac4e7) to join the Sunny Mount Community Garden waitlist. 

How long will it take for my name to come up on the wait list?: It can take up to 2-3 years for your name to come up because of the popularity of the garden. We hope to have more plots available in the future. In the meantime, become a member of the Society to access all the benefits membership can provide. Click go to the Membership tab in the menu bar or this link to find out more about membership: http://www.miltonhortsociety.com/membership/

If you have other questions, please contact us at sunnymountgardenchair@gmail.com or stop by the garden and ask!

 

Some past successes:

2020:

2020 was a challenging year. We opened late due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we were still able to have a great year.  Tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers were very successful. We had significant issues with voles which was frustrating!

2019: The year of the Sunflowers!!!

 

2018:

Fun time harvesting fresh produces from garden plot to dining table!

While the hot summer sun dries up soil fast, watering the plots has become a routine throughout the summer holiday.  Keep up with your good work,  young gardener!

2017

The SMG has a stunning location on Ruhl Drive, beautifully situated overlooking Sunny Mount Park. The allotments are rented by the growing season (April to October, weather dependent).

By October 2017, at the close of the season, we had developed 40 plots:


–  30 plots (6’x12’) filled with topsoil
– 1 plot (4’x8’) filled with topsoil
–  9 plots (4’x4’) filled with a special Square Foot Gardening mix of composts and vermiculite.

There are just a few plots still available for the 2018 season, so if you are in need of space for your veggie garden, or you just don’t have the sun exposure and you are a resident of Milton, give it a try here!

 

 

2017 Recap

In 2017 we saw the first full growing season at Sunny Mount Community Garden (SMG). The SMG is an allotment garden and joint venture project between the Town of Milton and Milton & District Horticultural Society.

The 2017 season started with oodles of rain and heaps of spring mud. It was tricky. It was messy. But we weren’t deterred. The garden evolved over the course of the season into an oasis with many varieties of veggies, fruits and flowers.

It could not have been accomplished without the large contingent of volunteers from MDHS, the SMG members, corporate volunteers from Optum and our committee members. Special mention to the very deserving Lianne Krane who spearheaded the garden with an immense amount of personal effort and sweat equity. And also to Cliff Booth for all his handyman assistance. We would turn up at the garden and find all sorts of jobs that needed doing, already done!

Garden Milestones

In the Spring of 2016 Milton Horticultural Society and the Town of Milton partnered to develop a second community garden in Milton located within Sunny Mount Park at Ruhl Drive.

In 2017, MDHS was delighted to be a recipient of a $5000 grant from the Town of Milton Community Fund, this grant will be used to purchase additional equipment for the use of plot holders.