Our annual plant exchange is back at last. This is the 12th plant exchange event we have organized in Etobicoke and we are so looking forward to growing with you!
Date: Sunday May 8th, 2022 Yes, it’s Mother’s Day – but the morning only!
Time: 9-12pm Early birds bring the best plants!
Location: Assembly Hall 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive
Rain or Shine!
What happens at our Plant Exchange?
Bring a plant and take home a plant. All plants are donated by local gardeners from overflowing gardens. There is usually something for everyone! Maybe you need some more bulbs or berries or daylilies or you have tons of those to share.
Bring them with you when you come.
At our Plant Exchange we also have:
LEGS membership table
seedlings good to go home with you by donation
local garden and community groups joining us
We are proud and happy to Partner with the Assembly Hall, our long time Plant Exchange location in south west Etobicoke
Seed and plant exchanges allow gardeners of every level in our community to come together and share seeds, cuttings, and transplants from their own gardens to swap with others. Even wisdom, sometimes books and references are shared. Most importantly, new friendships and stories are shared!
Get your seeds and start growing now for the 2022 Garden Season!
Last year we compiled 30 days of Gratitude – Giving Back Thank you to our great Mother Earth. Here is our List of 30 seeds/plants, recipes and favourite garden links for you to get inspired for Seed Starting. Did you know that our FREE seed library is open 7 days a week?
Even through the rainiest day, the coldest snow storm, the hottest days of the year. We are fortunate to have a local ECO HUB as our base at the Healing Muse Apothecary AND accessible via Big Guys Coffeeshop Coffeeshop & Seed Library Hours: 9-5pm Monday to Saturday 9-3pm on Sundays
Yes – Big Guys Coffeeshop is open all year long (except for New Year’s Day, but that’s a great day to stay home!)
Use our Seed Library – FREE – In our Local Eco Hub:
The Healing Muse 2859 Lakeshore Blvd West Toronto ON M8V 1H1
You can receive FREE seeds by mail, from our SEED LIBRARY, just send us a SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) —- please note what seeds you are looking for, or we will send a random assortment of garden veggies and flowers!
Explore with these Daily Inspirations from our Garden Stewards. Pick up a new book to read, some seeds from our local seed library at The Healing Muse and maybe even try a new recipe from the garden. Here are 30 ways to begin!
[you can receive seeds by mail, just send us a SASE – self stamped and self addressed envelope]
15 SEEDS TO ENJOY AND DISCOVER IN OUR SEED LIBRARY!
seedling 1 – Purple Cornflower
Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Purple Cornflower – Echinacea purpurea, Tall, Purple North American Native, Pollinator
Quote to Enjoy: “From plants that wake when others sleep, from timid jasmine buds that keep their odour to themselves all day, but when the sunlight dies away let the delicious secret out to every breeze that roams about. ” Thomas Moore
15 MORE SEEDS FROM OUR SEED LIBRARY AND BOOKS WITH RECIPES TO ENJOY!
seedling 16 – Field Poppy
Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Field Poppy (annual) – Papaver Rhoeas
Quote to Enjoy: “A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them. ” Liberty Hyde Bailey
Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavours for a Modern Pantry. Liana Krissoffhttps://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM2732960&R=2732960 – pickled asparagus- blackberry jam with lemon zest- apricot halves with honey and ginger- peaches in vanilla syrup- peach jam with lemon thyme- raspberry jam with mint and lavender- roasted peppers with lemon juice- zucchini bread-and-butter pickles with ginger- mint apple jelly
It’s high time we take a moment to stop and appreciate, applaud, rejoice, and count our blessings for having such an amazing and dedicated, joyful and wonderful lead Garden Stewart as part of our community gardens here at LEGS Etobicoke: Catherine Mayled! She has taken our society of Lakeshore Environmental Gardeners by healthy rain nourishing storm! And, that makes us all grow food! And, we are growing our Community Food Security as a result. Want to join us?
We are Thankful!
Are you ready to join us in the garden and grow even more food and community love? If you are, we are happy to have you join us. The spinach will love you. And, the beans will love you. Of course, the garlic is smiling. Can you see?!?
Harvest fruit Planting Pick up fallen cherries/apples
Honouring the North American Way of Planting Plant up another 3 sisters area for Canada Day
Come and see our new 3 sisters garden plots:
Background: The Iroquois (Hodeneshone) were agricultural people who lived along the eastern shores of Lake Ontario in Canada, and in northern New York State below the St. Lawrence River.
Among the good spirits of the Iroquois are the three sisters who reside over their favourite vegetables – corn, beans and squash. They are represented as loving one another very dearly and dwelling together in peace and unity.
The vines of the vegetables grow upon the same soil and cling lovingly to one another. The spirit of corn is draped over the corn with its green leaves and silken tassels which represent a green shawl and long blond hair. The sister who guards the bean has the garments of velvety green pods and delicate tendrils, while the spirit of the squash is clothed with the brilliant yellow blossoms.
On bright nights you may be able to see the spirit of the three sisters flitting about or hear them rustling amongst the tall corn.
We Learn about Gardening & Growing Sustainably All Year Long!
Thank you to Barbara, Dorota, Ewa, Matt, Pete, Cathy, Rene, Marcy for your hard work today…
Dorota – Our Orchard Steward –
She feeds us well. She brought in these delicious beauties for the hard working garden stewards! See how our community garden is thriving.
Well done – all before the start of June hot days! Thank you to Dorota for organizing the apple socks and the delicious muffins and Barbara for bringing and making the wooden apples, also Marcy for taking photographs for us. You are the community in action.
What We accomplished: • Watering • Weeding • Planting • PruningApple socks and traps.
Thank you everyone for your time today. Catherine LEGS Garden Coordinator
Our 2021 Spring Plant Exchange was a tremendous success – thank you to all of you! May your gardens and hearts bloom with much love.
Our star Plant Exchange Sharer, Gatherer, Fundraiser Was Julie – Thank you Julie!!!
So far we have raised over $350 and still going strong!
Our Community Garden always needs more volunteers for weeding, watering, and general plant love. Our Community LEGS garden group always needs more members to create open, accesible events and programs for everyone to learn.
Donate your time or money anytime to help us grow this community one plant at a time!
At long last, the weather has turned into warm and sunny support that we need to grow our wonderful plants, to grow our food, to grow our community.
For a while there, the nights turn cold and then the days we get hot and then there was wind and then there was rain and our gardens were all getting a world wind of activity. Did you find that May was quite a disturbance? It was touch and go there for a while wasn’t it? Did you put sheets on top of your raised vegetable beds?
Our garden is flourishing
Have a look at the wonderful work that is growing in our community garden farm, in our community.
If you can: donate a few extra plants to LEGS. Drop off at a location near you. See Below. Some people to not have plants to donate, so they make a small donation to LEGS instead. (above) That is why we really need extra plants. Please see what you can spare from your garden, to help us out!
If you need plants that you are donating to be picked up, or have any questions, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make arrangements and answer any questions that you may have.