LEGS is located in the heart of South Etobicoke where the breeze from the lake makes for later springs, cooler summers and longer falls. It’s a special area where you are never far from water and a natural area, whether it’s Lake Ontario, Etobicoke Creek, Mimico Creek, or the Humber River.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get in touch.
How we like our seeds:
Open-pollinated, and non-hybrid
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.
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
Lakeshore Environmental Garden Society Tea Blends – Fall 2022
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
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: email@example.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
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.
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!
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!