Seed Donations Wanted

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We are already thinking about spring…and our upcoming Seedy Saturday / Seed Swap events in the early spring. So, if you wish to donate seeds, please send an email with the subject line of SEED DONATION to legsetobicoke@gmail.com and we will get in touch.

How we like our seeds:

  • Open-pollinated, and non-hybrid
  • Completely dry
  • Flower, vegetable, and herbs seeds are welcome. Heirloom seeds are very welcome!

How to save seeds:

  • Collect seeds when they are mature and not from rotten or diseased plants/fruit.
  • Allow seeds to dry on the living plant whenever possible before collecting.
  • Once collected, you can finish drying the seeds in paper bags, or place them on paper towel on a cookie sheet.
  • When they are dry, place them in clearly labelled envelopes or small glass jars. Once in containers, try to keep in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.

How to drop off seed donations

Labelling Seed Donations

  • Please carefully label each container (envelope, jar, etc.) with the:
  • NAME of the seed,
  • DATE it was collected
  • WHERE it was collected (rough idea, like ‘Mimico’)

Our Fall Tea Blends are now available: a Fundraiser at Tatsu’s Bakery

Our Fall Teas are Available for sale/donation! Our Annual fall Fundraiser is at Tatsu’s Bakery on Lakeshore Blvd West, South Etobicoke. Tatsu’s makes the most delicious sourdough rye bread and dairy free scones! Perfect for some tea and jam winter combos.

Delicious Fall Herbal Teas Available

Fall Herbal Tea fundraiser for Lakeshore Environmental Gardening Society
fall teas at tatsus bakery for sale

Lakeshore Environmental Garden Society Tea Blends – Fall 2022

Fundraiser Fall Tea Blends Available

Fall Herbal Tea fundraiser for Lakeshore Environmental Gardening Society Our Herb Garden

“Secret Garden” Tea

 lemon balm, spearmint, anise hyssop, lavender, calendula 

“Down Memory Lane” Tea

apple mint, sage, lavender, blue cornflower

“Sweet Dreams” Tea

Chamomile, apple mint, lemon balm, lemongrass

Perfect Fall Tea for the wonderful sweets at Tatsu’s:

We are selling our organic herbal teas at this local Toronto treasure of a bakery and you must visit!

Tatsus pastries baked cookies scones go well with our fall teas
shop Tatsus’ baked goods here

Tatsu’s Bread- at 3180 Lake Shore Blvd. West, just west of Kipling Avenue on the north side.
Thank you very much to Tatsu’s for providing this opportunity for LEGS!

These Fall Herbal teas blends are from herbs we have grown in our LEGS Herb Garden at the Daily Bread Food Bank, on New Toronto Street just east of Islington Avenue. If you love this initiative, you would love being a member of our garden steward community. Why not join now?
Our annual fundraiser is always a popular event just in time for hostess gifts and Christmas stocking stuffers.


There are 3 varieties of herbal tea available.

Fundraiser Pricing!
While quantities last.

Packages are being sold for $5 each: $2.50 goes directly to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

This is a great excuse to visit the bakery – Barbara, our Co-Chair highly recommends their veggie quiche and chocolate croissants!

Please drop by Tatsu’s and support LEGS and the Daily Bread Food Bank by purchasing a bag or two of our tea.

from your LEGS Board and Garden Stewards for 2022/2023

tea blending party with our garden stewards at LEGS

When you support us, you support the entire community.

We thank you.

You may also donate by sending in an e-transfer anytime, no donation is too small.
Send a $5 Volunteer Thank you transfer to: legstreasurer@gmail.com

Fall Garden Blessing and Drumming Circle

POSTPONED !

Details

Saturday – 15th October, 2022
10am at our Community Gardens

191 New Toronto Street, Toronto

In Our Community Garden at Daily Bread Food Bank

email us for more info: legsetobicoke@gmail.com

Join us in our fall drumming, singing with the earth and giving thanks in harmony with the land.

We are joined by Andrew Feathers, a local Anishinaabe artist in Toronto. Let us sing and drum with the heart beat of our great mother earth and spend time reconnecting and remembering the bounty of this land.

We are learning and remembering together

Land Acknowledgement

The following statement is Toronto Metropolitan University’s Land Acknowledgement (from their website here)

“Toronto is in the ‘Dish With One Spoon Territory’.  The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.”

We share all our resources at LEGS. The Dish with On Spoon Territory land acknowledgement and honouring of the Treaty is remembered and shared here. We strive to continue to share the land as garden stewards and also share our teachings our stories and bring all communities together, at the table.


learn more about these beautiful lands:
https://chiefs-of-ontario.org/resources/map/

We’re Featured in the Daily Bread Food Bank Blog

The September 16 Blog post on the Daily Bread Food Bank’s site focuses on how our community is using donated land to grow food! Read “Planter Beds Instead of Unused Land: Growing Produce in Our Neighbourhood” here!

foodbank garden blog photo

“Thanks to our beautiful partnerships with organizations like Daily Bread that donate the use of the land, we have gardens run by the community, for the community,” says Monika Meulman, social media director of the Lakeshore Environmental Gardening Society (LEGS). “Sustainability and supporting our neighbours is at the heart of what we do, and what better way to do that than by providing our community with access to fresh fruits and vegetables.”

Our Annual Plant Exchange is back

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?

our plant exchange in etobicoke

Good question!

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.

daisy grows our community hearts at legs
Daisy Heart for the Avid Gardener (in love with Flowers)

At our Plant Exchange we also have:

  • seed exchange
  • LEGS membership table
  • seedlings good to go home with you by donation
  • local garden and community groups joining us
join us – email us at info@legsetobicoke.ca to help out or find out more!

We are proud and happy to Partner with the Assembly Hall, our long time Plant Exchange location in south west Etobicoke

Assembly Hall
1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive

Etobicoke, Ontario

Did you know?

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!


participating community groups:

Gardens Lakeshore – Growing better communities in South Etobicoke
We are Building Communities & Food Security together!


Blast from the past! (our past snapshots)

Assembly Hall – Rainy Day Plant Exchange

Seed Library is Open, Get your Free Seeds

Our Seed Library is OPEN 7 days a week

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

get your seeds started now into seedlings

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

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/exhibition/healing-ways/medicine-ways/healing-plants/images/ob1679.html

Feel Good Book to Read: 
Everything Elderberry: How to Forage, Cultivate, and Cook With This Amazing Natural Remedy by: Susannah Shmurak 

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4048468&R=4048468

Garden Recipe to Try: Elderflower Syrup 

Quote to Enjoy: “Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. ” A. A. Milne


seedling 2 – Common Milkweed

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Common Milkweed – Asclepias syriaca , Tall, Soft Pink North American Native, Pollinator

https://garden.org/plants/view/75378/Common-Milkweed-Asclepias-syriaca/

Feel Good Book to Read: 
Grow your own spices: harvest homegrown ginger, turmeric, saffron, wasabi, vanilla, cardamom, and other incredible spices – no matter where you live By: Tasha Greer

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM3975658&R=3975658

Garden Recipe to Try: Zucchini Lemon Cake

Quote to enjoy: “Garden as though you will live forever. ” Thomas Moore


seedling 3 – African Marigold

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: African Marigold – Tagetes Erecta, Large, Yellow Flower

https://garden.org/plants/view/678590/Marigold-Tagetes-erecta-Orange-Hawaii/

Feel Good Book to Read: 
Medicinal Herbs of Eastern Canada: a pictorial manual  By: Brenda Jones

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM3913642&R=3913642

Garden Recipe to Try: Cherry Tomato sauce 

Quote to Enjoy: “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”  Luther Burbank


seedling 4 – Basil

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Basil – Bacilicum Genovese, Herb

https://garden.org/plants/view/588446/Basil-Ocimum-bacilicum-Genovese/

Feel Good Book to Read: 
The Suburban Micro Farm: modern solutions for busy people. By: Amy Stross

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM3720926&R=3720926

Garden Recipe to Try: Recipe: Pear Chutney

Quote to Enjoy: “A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it. ” Dogen


seedling 5 – Butterfly Milkweed

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Butterfly Milkweed – Asclepia Tuberosa 

https://garden.org/plants/view/75379/Butterfly-Milkweed-Asclepias-tuberosa/

Feel Good Book to Read: 
The Living Soil Handbook: the no-till grower’s guide to ecological market gardening

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4112615&R=4112615

Garden Recipe to Try: Green Tomato Tarts

Quote to Enjoy: “Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air.” Georges Bernanos


seedling 6 – Calendula

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Calendula – Calendula Officinalis 

https://garden.org/plants/view/75654/Pot-Marigold-Calendula-officinalis/

Feel Good Book to Read: 
The Book of the Earthworm. By: Sally Coulthard

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4101177&R=4101177

Garden Recipe to Try: Zucchini Lasagna

Quote to Enjoy: “I know that if odour were visible, as colour is, I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds. ” Robert Bridges


seedling 7 – Blanket Flower

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Blanket Flower (Native) – Gaillarda

https://garden.org/plants/view/76606/Blanket-Flower-Gaillardia/

Feel Good Book to Read: 
Herbal Houseplants: grow beautiful herbs – indoors!  By: Susan Betz

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4103219&R=4103219

Garden Recipe to Try: Garden Fresh Tomato Soup

Quote to Enjoy: “Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration. ” D. H. Lawrence


seedling 8 – Brown Eyed Susan

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Brown-Eyed Susan, Rudebeckia Triloba 

https://garden.org/plants/view/78799/Browneyed-Susan-Rudbeckia-triloba/

Feel Good Book to Read: 
The Ecological Gardener: how to create beauty and diversity from the soil up. By: Matt Rees-Warren

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4112606&R=4112606

Garden Recipe to Try: Dark Cherry Mulberry Jam Recipe

Quote to Enjoy: “Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are. ” Alfred Austin


seedling 9 – Chamomile

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Chamomile – Matricaria chamomilla 

https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-grow-chamomile-1402627

Feel Good Book to Read: 
The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Great Vegetables. By: Lorene Forkner

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4072463&R=4072463

Garden Recipe to Try: Pickled Garlic Scapes Recipe 

Quote to Enjoy: “The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous.”Rabindranath Tagore


seedling 10 – Columbine

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Columbine (Vulgaris), Dark Purple Flower – Aquilegia Vulgaris – https://garden.org/plants/view/136675/European-Columbine-Aquilegia-vulgaris-Clementine-Dark-Purple/

Feel Good Book to Read: 
Energetic Herbalism : A Guide to Sacred Plant Traditions Integrating Elements of Vitalism, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine.

Maier, Kat
.https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4174851&R=4174851

Garden Recipe to Try: Baked Apple

Quote to Enjoy: “A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.”  Michael Pollan


seedling 11 – Coneflower

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Coneflower (Prairie) – Ratibida Columnifera 

https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/flower/prairie-coneflower

Feel Good Book to Read: 
Winterland: Create a Beautiful Garden for Every Season. By: Cathy Rees

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4136472&R=4136472

Garden Recipe to Try: Saskatoon Rhubarb Jam

Quote to Enjoy: “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ” Khalil Gibran


seedling 12 – Coreopsis

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Coreopsis, Yellow Tickseed – Coreopsis

https://garden.org/plants/view/738999/Coreopsis-Corey-Yellow/

Feel Good Book to Read:  
Outstanding American gardens : a celebration : 25 years of the Garden Conservancy By: Brenner, Marion

Garden Recipe to Try: Spicy Peach Chutney

Quote to Enjoy: “Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. ” May Sarton


seedling 13 – Dill

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Dill – Anethum Graveolens

herbal oil with bread

https://garden.org/plants/view/75274/Dills-Anethum-graveolens/

Feel Good Book to Read: 
Seasons of an Amish garden : four stories  By: Amy Clipston

Garden Recipe to Try: Low Sugar Red Currant Jelly

Quote to Enjoy: “Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too. ” William Cowper


seedling 14 – Columbine Red

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Columbine (Eastern Red) – Aquilegia Canadensis

https://garden.org/plants/view/75292/Eastern-Red-Columbine-Aquilegia-canadensis/

Feel Good Book to Read: 
Saladish: a crunchier, grainier, herbier, heartier, tastier way with vegetables By Ilene Rosen 

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM3681883&R=3681883

Garden Recipe to Try: Green Tomato Mincemeat Tarts

Quote to Enjoy: “Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers. ” May Sarton


seedling 15 – Evening Primrose

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Evening primrose – Oenothera Biennis 

https://garden.org/plants/view/83563/Common-Evening-Primrose-Oenothera-biennis/

Feel Good Book to Read: 
Sisterhood of the Enchanted Forest: Sustenance, Wisdom, and Awakening in Finland’s Karelia  By: Naomi Moriyama 

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4133597&R=4133597

Garden Recipe to Try: Green Tomato Chutney

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

https://garden.org/plants/view/86774/Field-Poppy-Papaver-rhoeas/

Feel Good Book to Read: 
Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive  By: Philipp Dettmer

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4111492&R=4111492

Garden Recipe to Try: Chocolate Zucchini Bread or Muffins

Quote to Enjoy: “Garden as though you will live forever. ” Thomas Moore


seedling 17 – Hollyhock

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Hollyhocks – Alcea rosea

https://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/perennial/hollyhock/

Feel Good Book to Read: 
The Embodied Mind: Understanding the Mysteries of Cellular Memory, Consciousness, and Our Bodies  By: Thomas S. Verny

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4133586&R=4133586

Garden Recipe to Try: Herb Butter Cookies

Quote to Enjoy: “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ” Marcus Tullius Cicero


seedling 18 – Coriander

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Coriander / Cilantro – Coriandrum Sativum

https://garden.org/plants/view/86729/Cilantros-Coriandrum-sativum/

Feel Good Book to Read: 
Everyday Vitality: Turning Stress into Strength  By: Samantha Boardman

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4070321&R=4070321

Garden Recipe to Try: Sour Cherry Jelly

Quote to Enjoy: “To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.” William Blake


seedling 19 – Joe Pye Weed

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Joe Pye Weed – Eutrochium

https://garden.org/plants/view/528424/Joe-Pye-Weed-Eutrochium/

Feel Good Book to Read: 
The One-Straw Revolution: an introduction to natural farming  By: Masanobu Fukuoka

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM2525662&R=2525662

Garden Recipe to Try:  Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Quote to Enjoy: “It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees. ” George Eliot


seedling 20 – Lettuce Green

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Lettuce (Green) – Lactuca Sativa

https://garden.org/plants/view/550280/Lettuce-Lactuca-sativa-Mazur/

Feel Good Book to Read: 
The Modern Herbal Dispensatory: a medicine-making guide  By: Thomas Easley

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM3470817&R=3470817

Garden Recipe to Try: Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Quote to Enjoy: “A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. ” D. Elton Trueblood


seedling 21 – Morning Glory

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Morning Glory – Ipomoea Tricolor

https://www.almanac.com/plant/morning-glories

Feel Good Book to Read: 
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s new world  By: Andrea Wulf

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM3335338&R=3335338

Garden Recipe to Try: Mulberry Preserves

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


seedling 22 – Oregano

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Oregano – Origanum vulgare
https://www.thespruce.com/herb-profile-oregano-1761786

Feel Good Book to Read: 
Edible flowers : how, why, and when we eat flowers

Nelson, Monica, author.
Contributors: Glaviano, Adrianna, photographer. 2021

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4169621&R=4169621

Quote to Enjoy: “Colours are the smiles of nature”- Leigh Hunt


seedling 23 – Foxglove Beardtongue

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Foxglove Beardtongue – Penstemon Digitalis
https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=g590

Feel Good Book to Read: 
Unearthing The secret garden : the plants and places that inspired Frances Hodgson Burnett

McDowell, Marta, author. 2021
https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4141732&R=4141732

Quote to Enjoy: “A garden of friends is always in bloom”- author unknown


seedling 24 – Peas speckled

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Speckled Peas – Pisum sativum var. saccharatum
https://www.epicgardening.com/pea-microgreens/

Feel Good Book to Read: 
Garden variety

Wilhelmi, Christy, author.2022
https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4167707&R=4167707

Quote to Enjoy: “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world”- John Muir


seedling 25 – Mullein

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Mullein Common – Verbascum thapsus L.
https://www.friendsofthewildflowergarden.org/pages/plants/mullein.html

Feel Good Book to Read:
People : A Relationship Guide for Plants and Their Parents

Resta, Alessia2022
https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4183453&R=4183453

Quote to Enjoy: “Friends are flowers in the garden of life”- author unknown


seedling 26 – Tomato Green Tiger

Seeds Available to Plant and Discover: Tomato – Verbascum thapsus L.
https://ekzotomat.in.ua/en/tomato-seeds/tomato-green-tiger.html

Feel Good Book to Read:
Nature is never silent : how animals and plants communicate with each other

Ziege, Madlen, author.2021
https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4174900&R=4174900

Quote to Enjoy: “Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life”- Rachel Carson


GET FULL RECIPES LISTED HERE IN PDF

Rebugging the planet : the remarkable things that insects (and other invertebrates) do – and why we need to love them more

Hird, Vicki, author.2021, Book , xi, 211 pages https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4174852&R=4174852

The green witch’s garden : your complete guide to creating and cultivating a magical garden space

Murphy-Hiscock, Arin, author.2021, Book , 224 pages https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4131117&R=4131117

Urban lichens : a field guide for northeastern North America : including New York City, Chicago, Toronto, Boston, New Haven, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C.

Allen, Jessica L., author.Contributors: Hoffman, Jordan R., illustrator. ;Lendemer, James C., author.2021, Book , 158 pages :https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM4172781&R=4172781

LEGS COMMUNITY GARDEN OPEN HOUSE SEPTEMBER 11 2021

You are invited to:


join us in our first annual September Harvest showcase.

We hope to see you in our community gardens, in the west end of Toronto, South Etobicoke. We have been working very hard to grow an urban farming environment that’s inviting and welcoming to everyone.

Come see our growing gardens, pollinator beds, raised beds, Fruit Orchard and join us in the many activities we have planned for this coming September 11th, 2021.

We support the Daily Bread Food Bank with our produce and our dedicated garden steward volunteers work had weekly to grow food for everyone – growing food security where it is needed the most!

Date: September 11th, Saturday 9-1pm

Location: 191 New Toronto Street, Etobicoke

Daily Bread Food Bank Grounds

Plant Contest

Send us your wackiest plant photos!

We are running a summer garden contest for the oddest, weirdest, funniest, wackiest plants you grew this year!

Send us the photo via email to:

Info@legsetobicoke.ca or dm us on social media at our facebook page, instagram or twitter
@legsetobicoke

Show us your #legswackyplants !!!

Winner gets a $25 Gift Certificate to Sweet Olenka’s Chocolate & Ice Cream & Bragging Rights until next year!


Activities planned for the day:


  • Garden Tours
  • Explore the Fruit Orchard
  • Plant & Seed Exchange
  • Discover our New Pollinator Garden
  • Learn about Composting & see our Compost Structures (thank you to FoodShare!)
  • Find your new favourite Library Garden Book courtesy of the Toronto Public Library
  • Donate non-perishable food for our Food Drive at the Food Bank
  • and more!

need more details? email us at info@legsetobicoke.ca

Tea Fundraiser Update! For fall 2021

Get set and ready to make tea, for fall.

We are launching our Annual Tea Fundraiser this fall – starting this month. Making blends and custom tea blends. Want to join us? info@legsetobicoke.ca

We will discuss growing, harvesting, drying and storing teas!

In preparation for our tea production we are going to have at least one (or more time permitting) tea blending party.


We will mix herbs and dried fruit and try a few.

We will work on developing our LEGS signature blends among them Summer Berry Tea (name to be chosen).


You are invited to come to the Healing Muse. 
Wed August 11th at 5 p.m.


RSPV REQUIRED! here


We will need a couple of tea kettles and a few, maybe 4-5 teaposts (small) if everybody brings one it should be enough.


If you have already experimented with different blends pls bring your recipes.
We have some recipes from last year and will develop new ones.


I am looking forward to seeing you all at the Healing Muse!


See some sample ideas for recipes from Dorota here:

For those of us who like to experiment I have 3 book recommendations.
 All available at the library.

Lois Hole. Herbs and edibile flowershttps://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM322102&R=322102
– cucumber and lemon balm marmalade (with lemons)- fried sage leaves- tarragon cream pesto- zucchini-rosemary pickles

Tart and Sweet. Kellly Geary and Jessie Knadlerhttps://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?N=4292744803
– sweet apple cider baby beets- pickled baby beets with juniper berries- peach lavender jam- canned hole berries- pickled cauliflower- ginger garlic pickles- zucchini relish

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


next up: preserves are fun!

Thank you — Midsummer Blessings for our Lead Garden Steward Catherine

mid July super thank you Catherine!

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?

thank you!


The Garlic Harvest Season is in full bloom and Our Garden Steward Lead – Catherine Mayled
Leads us to great success!

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?!?

garlic harvest
garlic harvest is great this season and we are rejoicing!
allium grows
allium grows
harvest time
harvest time

Plants Donated and Our History Honoured

Our Gardens are Blooming! Here’s what new from the last few weeks

Donations:

We received some wonderful organic vegetables plant donations from Stefan & Lucas at etobiGrow.
They are an amazing company founded by  brothers Stefan and Lukas, please check out their website, it would be great to support them next year, I will be getting my organic potting soil from them.Buy Local and Organic Plants with etobiGrow | See what’s growing!



South Garden – Garden Ongoing Chores!

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!

Come Bloom With us: join us at legsetobicoke.ca