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Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Lise Servant)

Thinking of starting a vegetable garden?

Why not hit two targets with one shot? At the same time that you’re growing a variety of vegetables and herbs you can attract pollinators, butterflies and birds, and in the process promote biodiversity.

It’s simply a question, among your vegetables or along the borders of your kitchen garden, of introducing a few nectar-producing plants as well as plants that engender fruit or seeds. You can also do the opposite and incorporate your vegetables into your flowerbeds.

For people who grow their gardens on their balconies or in containers, it’s also easy to incorporate a few flowering plants that produce the nectar and pollen that pollinators feed on. Certain plants that produce fruit or seeds consumed by birds are also suitable for growing in pots.

Thus, depending on your personal interests and the surface area at your disposal, you can make your vegetable garden a “biodiversity garden,” a “bird garden” or a “monarch oasis.”

Besides registering your garden in the My Space for Life Garden Program, you can also have it listed on the Agriculture Montréal website, which inventories all urban-agriculture initiatives and offers a heap of useful information.

You’ll find some advice and suggestions for plants that can be easily integrated into a vegetable garden in our file A kitchen garden for biodiversity.

Happy gardening!

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