LEGS Garden Update

Welcome new members and returning members. 
We are experiencing beautiful weather at the moment, have you started your seeds  in doors yet? Would you like some free seeds, we have a seed library at The Healing Muse Eco Hub at 2861 Lake Shore Blvd West, drop in and pickup up seeds, many were saved from our gardens last year.  
We always welcome vegetable plants/fruit bushes, native flowers and perennials in our gardens, if you have extras, please let me know, we grow over 480lbs of organic produce in our gardens last year, looking to increase that by another 100lbs this year.  
What’s new in the gardens this year

  • Brand new herb garden– growing herbs for our fundraising drive in the fall, supply Daily Bread Food Bank Kitchen with fresh organic herbs. 
  • New Bee/butterfly pollinator garden- Sowing seeds, transplanting annual/perennial flowers, also native species.
  • Hugelkultur Mound-  Build a new raised bed mound, using tree, trunks, branches, leaves, compost for a brand new raised bed. 
  • New plot raised beds- Optimizing every square cm of the gardens
  • New Vertical structures– Growing more squash, cucumbers, peas, beans. 
  • Growing more under cloche/tunnels- Starting more plants under cover this year.

What we have done so far this year:

  • Pruned apple trees, bagged, removed all branches from gardens
  • Sprayed apple trees with organic dormant spray, 
  • Added tangle wood traps to trunks of apple trees.
  • Tidied up the area, around the plots
  • Pruned fruit bushes
  • Added taps to some of the water butts.  

Upcoming projects March/Mid April:

  • Build vertical structures for squash, peas, beans.
  • Build plot raised beds.
  • Continue to grow seedlings/plants
  • Add more fruit bushes to the fruit garden

If your would like to help in the above projects, please reply to this email and we can get you started volunteering, there will be lots more to do, when our structures are in place and the ground gets warmer.


Have a beautiful sunny week.


Catherine MayledLEGS Garden Coordinator

2021 Community Gardening Guidelines

Gardeners stay safe!

Refer to these exhaustive guidelines provided by the city of Toronto.

See the link below.

COVID-19 guidelines for community and allotment gardens for 2021 are now available. 

https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-reopening-recovery-rebuild/covid-19-reopening-guidelines-for-businesses-organizations/covid-19-guidance-parks-recreation/?accordion=community-allotment-gardens

New Gardening Season is Here

LEGS members took the opportunity during the fabulous Friday weather and got busy pruning the orchard. It was a very productive first day of the gardening season.

We also applied the tanglefoot to protect the trees from bugs.

If you’d like to bring your gardening expertise to this team of dedicated gardeners or would love to learn and help in the community garden, come join us.

Download the membership brochure here

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1G7c4vvsj74ngAjE0gAM3g4rugf8STAcF/view?usp=sharing

Seedy Saturday

Old Fashioned Seed Exchange – via Snail Mail
At LEGS, We are hosting a virtual (via snail mail) Seedy Saturday all spring. Starting February 27, 2021 to May 24th – you can send us a SASE, Self Addressed, Stamped Envelope, to our ECO HUB in Etobicoke and we shall send it back to you with seeds requested, while quantities last.
We are also participating in the Virtual Seedy Saturday hosted by Seeds of Diversity on February 27th, 10am to 2pm
Join us online here:

GOOD NEWS SEEDY SATURDAY FRIENDS !!!SEEDY SATURDAY IS ON FOR 2021 – BUT IN A VIRTUAL WAY!

FEBRUARY 27, 10 am to 2 pm

This year, due to COVID concerns, Seedy Saturday is going VIRTUAL!  Brought to you  by Seeds of Diversity Canada, Toronto Urban Growers and Seedy Saturday organizers from across Toronto, this day promises to be full of great gardening & growing advice. And Seeds? Of course!  We will have many ways for you to access the seeds that you need!

 At the Toronto Virtual Seedy Saturday   www.seedysaturday.ca/toronto you can:

  • Find links to companies selling seeds and gardening products online
  • Learn about seeds and gardening through webinars and videos with gardening experts across the city
  • Ask gardening questions in online meeting rooms with exhibitors
  • Find local seed exchanges
  • Find activities for kids
  • Ask questions about the event at a welcome table with a live person

If you have saved seeds this year, please consider contributing to the local seed exchanges! See the website for a drop-off location near you http://seedysaturday.ca/toronto-seed-exchange/

Please share the event with your networks!

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Seedy Saturdays

2021 SEED EXCHANGE IS HAPPENING, TORONTO!

Posted by LINDSAY S.onJANUARY 11, 2021

2021 ON YOUR WAY! CHECK OUT Toronto Urban Growersor Seedysaturdays.ca/toronto to keep up to date on the exchanges and online seminars!

LITERALLY  it is the MOST wonderful time of the year – SEEDY SATURDAYS ARE UPON US! (soon)

YES – you can swap seeds this year! YES – seminars and webinars will still be on – just virtually! and YES – Seed vendors will still be selling – links will be available to their website, if you don’t already know them yourselves! 

BUT NOOO – You cannot gather and mill around inside or out, as in-person seed trading will not take place. Sorry! 

TAKE HEART! Here’s what’s happening and how you can still trade seeds:

Each neighbourhood/catchment/communitywill be hosting a seed exchange. We (event hosts, including me) are collecting seeds ahead of time. They are sorted by volunteers, and some re-packed. This year, it is strongly requested/recommended to pack your own seeds and label them for donation. 

PLEASE SPECIFY: Seed type (as much detail as possible), the year it was collected, and YOUR FULL NAME (This will be needed for when you make your seed requests – but also, do you know how many Mike’s I know?).

Don’t run out and buy envelopes! You can DIY your own or re-use old envelopes. I found a great DIY envelope tutorial and tried it out – it was super easy! But do as you like with whatever you have in your home. It’s best if placed in paper – not plastic. Plastic retains moisture and seeds can rot. If ziploc is all you got, don’t worry, seeds are collected regularly and will be sorted. Just be sure it’s sealed air-tight!

PlantPure Communities

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