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

Want to connect?Join the entire PlantPure Communities team, leaders and members from the Pod Network, and other plant-curious folks from around the world for our first ever interactive Grassroots Get-Together event! 
Register today!
This virtual event is for everybody, whether you’re already part of a Pod, want to find one in your area, are experienced with plant-based living, or would like to learn more about this lifestyle. You will have the opportunity to connect in small groups for a few minutes at a time in Zoom “breakout rooms” to talk about favorite plant-based foods, community connections, personal stories, and more! Let’s build our sense of plant-based community and inspire one another. We hope to see you there!

Watch previous PlantPure Communities Webinars, including Square Foot Gardening Method, the Food-Climate connection, and more, on our YouTube Channel!

Nominate an Environmental Hero

Recipients of the Conservation Awards will be honoured at Ontario Nature’s 90th Annual General Meeting. The date and location to be determined due to COVID-19 uncertainty. Visit ontarionature.org/agmfor more information.

We will also feature the winners in the fall issue of our award-winning ON Naturemagazine.

Read the Conservation Awards Flyer with category descriptions and submission guidelines.

Awards are given at the discretion of the Awards Committee.

Ontario Nature is committed to equity, diversity, inclusivity and accessibility. Please consider nominating individuals, groups, government agencies and corporations that reflect these important values.

Nomination Procedure

  1. Nominations must be submitted on an official form. To obtain a form please visit ontarionature.org/awards, or contact Barbara MacKenzie-Wynia.
  2. Nominations can be submitted either electronically or by mail.
  3. Nominees who are Ontario Nature members must be nominated by two people (who don’t have to be members) or one member group.
  4. Nominees who are not Ontario Nature members must be nominated by two current Ontario Nature members or one member group.
  5. A person may be nominated for more than one award; however, each nomination must be submitted on a separate form.
  6. Nominators must provide supporting material.
  7. Nominations must be received by March 26, 2021.

Contact

Please forward nominations, including supporting material to the mailing or email address below.

Attention: Chair, Ontario Nature Awards Committee

214 King Street West, Suite 612
Toronto, ON M5H 3S6
416-444-8419 | 1-800-440-2366

barbaraw@ontarionature.org

Growing Under Cover

I attended a webinar where Niki Jabbour spoke about using covers in vegetable gardening. With increasingly unpredictable weather patterns and pest infestations she has a solution: she uses row covers, shade cloth, low tunnels, cold frames, hoophouses, and other protective structures to create controlled growing spaces for vegetables to thrive. The many benefits of using protective covers are extending the season, allowing the gardener to plant earlier and harvest later, eliminate pests, harvest a healthier, heartier crop and mitigate the effects of some of our harsher weather.
There was far too much information for me to cover here, but I can say that she has written a book “Growing Under Cover” and, although this is not a pitch for the book, it could be a valuable resource.