Personal veggie allotments like this one in Toronto's Bloordale village are our connection to agricultural tradition. Fruits of our labour are beginning to bolt, form, and grow into maturity!
1. Sounds of the season include song birds, buzzing sweat bees and pollinating flies, wind rustling leaves and pushing a windmill, plus cooing of domestic yard birds ready to fertilize and peck away the pests. Urban farms are full of summer beauty! Dill, tomaties, lilies, marigold, peas...hear the impact of newly created airways overhead (left here on purpose to accept the limits) 2. Cucumbers grow on this low lying vine.
3. Planting potted borage into the veggie rows in hopes it will thrive better in the ground.
This week was relieved by some pleasant breezes. My eye has been on the different manners of celebrating wind in this weeks gardens. I saw wood crafted mills spinning and clanking, clay bells clinking, gorgeous shiny chimes slowly ringing but this handcrafted metal chime is by far the most unique! Made from salvaged iron pieces from the local rail yards this piece sounds fantastic while also celebrating the sounds of this historically rail based community.
What can you use to harness the wind in your garden? Power generating windmill? Homemade fork chimes? A wind sock or flag?
Warning... sad story... yesterday morning as I was having my coffee I heard screams coming from the bottom of the garden. Raccoon screams and not the kind when they are fighting. I went to see and found one of the babies in the rain barrel. I put a shovel in and it climbed out. It took a while but it recovered. A while later it was in the tree with its mother. All good I thought. Then about an hour later I hear the screams again. I ran down and it had fallen in again but this time the mother was there and pulled it out. But it was in rough shape. Just laying on the pots by the barrel. I went and got gloves and got it to open ground and rubbed its back and it came around but it’s back legs seemed to be broken. The mother came and tried to move it. Then it dragged itself under the potting bench. At that point there was nothing I could do but wait and see if it recovered. Later in the day I went down and it was gone. I hope it’s ok and back with its family. I have a cover on the barrel now. All the years we have had the barrel and never any problems with it. *
Can you believe we’re a MONTH away today?! Time sure does fly, but there’s plenty of summer left! Here’s a sneak peek of one of our amazing host gardens this year 🤫 Come celebrate some incredible green spaces with us! Seriously can’t wait.
Spent most of today mapping out part of the tour and boy oh boy, does the Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood have some treats for you! Participants, you won’t want to miss out on this years sponsors! Very, very fun prize packs and goodie bags!! Tickets go on sale soon ♀️♂️
Introducing our new balcony garden! And while you're thinking of all things green, don't forget to APPLY FOR SUSTAINABILITY CO-CHAIR. You have 9 days left! Get the details at vusac.ca/hiring! P.S. Our President's mom deserves a huge shoutout for all her work getting these herbs n veggies going!
Came across this gorgeous tree and met the sweet Portuguese lady who tends to it. Sadly, when I asked if she knew what kind of tree it was, she said: “no speaka da English”. Look at those pretty pink tips on this perfect Saturday