We have recently bought a house in Markham. Am I too late to start growing some vegetables in my backyard ? If not, I want to grow some simple basic veggies like lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and some herbs. Where will i get seeds/ potted plants as most of the stores do not have it anymore.
What are the best options to grow at this time of the year ( other than onion and garlic ) ?
There are many edible plants that enjoy the cooler seasons. Many of the edibles that we plant in early spring can also be planted in late summer for a fall harvest.
Many of the fast growing leafy salad greens, radish and peas can be sown after the heat of the summer is over and will be ready to eat before frost in mid October. Other hardy greens such as spinach and kale can be grown in the fall season and harvested after some frost. Seeds are available at the nurseries and garden centres or can be ordered on-line from Canadian seed growers. The tropical vegetables such as tomato, peppers and eggplant or others that need a long growing season during the summer will have to wait until next year when they can be planted after all danger of frost has passed.
Perennial herbs can be planted in the late summer or fall and will return next year. You will find hardy plants available for fall planting such as sage, lavender and mint.
Since you will be working in a new garden be sure to consider amending the soil with organic matter before planting. You might like to review our Gardening Guide on Organic Vegetable Gardening: