Over the weekend I traveled into Toronto to visit with some of my very best gardening pals for our annual swap (more on that tomorrow…). Beforehand, I met up with my good friend Sarah to check out her community plot. (Sarah writes a wonderful food blog called Toronto Tasting Notes, where she is currently participating in a local food movement started by Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Kitchen known as CharcutePalooza, A Year of Charcuterie.)
Sarah has a great little back yard garden at her home, too, which is conveniently just a few minutes’ walk from the Ashbridges Eco Community Garden where her plot is located. I’ve known Sarah for about six years now, and she has wanted to grow some food of her own for awhile. Since her back yard is both small and lacking in full sun exposure, obtaining a plot at the community garden has added a lot of joy to Sarah’s “gardening life.” From what I hear, Jonathan is just as thrilled with the prospect of harvesting heirloom tomatoes and greens, among other food plants, from the plot. Compost is his specialty.
The plot is one of 30 in this community garden, and Sarah has worked wonders with it in the short time she has been able to call it her own. On the day I visited, she was sowing greens, chard, a few flowers, poppies and carrots into the bed. She had artfully arranged some charcoal bricks, reclaimed from her home’s basement, as stepping stones in the plot. We gabbed while she sowed and I took photographs around the garden.
Already growing well were garlic, lemon balm, anise-hyssop (donated by yours truly), walking onions and garlic chives.
I’m looking forward to returning to Sarah’s plot later in the growing season to see how her plants are coming along.
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