Our Annual Plant Exchange is back

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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

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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

Garden Time is rewarding for all Volunteers

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

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Plant Exchange June 1 Update! 1 Week left!

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!


Support us with your $10 Membership donation now:
eTransfer to: legstreasurer@gmail.com
and notify us if you would like a membership card as well

Image source: https://www.surrey.ca/thank-you-cards



Plants Available for Exchange 1 more week at our ECO HUB

The Healing Muse Apothecary – We love Plants!
2859 Lakeshore Blvd West. Etobicoke ON M8V 1H8

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Our Community Garden, You, Urban farming, We belong together

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?

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Our garden is flourishing

Have a look at the wonderful work that is growing in our community garden farm, in our community.

Come join us and celebrate and learn and support the earth with us. <– members and volunteers wanted!!!

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Our Spring Plant Exchange is back!

May 8th to May 30th 2021!

Each week ( or even each day!!!) New plants will be donated by neighbhours and gardeners at these locations and you can come by and pick up your favourites!

First come, first serve.
While quantities last.


5 locations — 3 weeks of plants!

The way it works:
You bring a plant / take a plant! 
The plant varieties will keep changing. 
LEGS Spring Plant Exchange runs from Sat., May 8 till Sunday, May 30
depending on individual locations.

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Donate to support our Community based group!
Etransfer Donations accepted at: Legstreasurer@gmail.com

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 info@legsetobicoke.ca and we will make arrangements and answer any questions that you may have.


Where the plants are:

Location 1

The Healing Muse Apothecary – ECO HUB 2859 Lakeshore Blvd West

The Healing Muse Apothecary – ECO HUB 2859 Lakeshore Blvd West

Will have plants sitting outside the shop for daily pick up

Plant drop off times:  
Monday – Saturday 
9.00am – 5.00pm 

Plant Exchange times:

Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm

 Sample plants coming up:
strawberry plants, feverfew, chives, seedling red cabbage, seedling basil.


Location 2

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Plant overnight storage and drop off for LEGS:

The Sanderson’s

76 Hillside Ave, Etobicoke, ON  M8V 1S9
Note:
Plants can be dropped off anytime

Larger donations:

of plants LEAVE AT front door (OF 76 Hillside)
and then WE can gradually put out plants on the church lawn… to spread the love!

Plant Exchange Location:
Picnic Tables @ Mimico Baptist Church
😯 Hillside Ave, Etobicoke, ON M8V1S9

Plant Exchange times:

Monday to Friday -8:30a.m. to sunset

 Sample plants coming up:
TBD

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Location 3

Longbranch —- Anna

30 Park Blvd, Etobicoke M8W 1G7
Plants drop off: 
on Friday 14th May.

Plant Exchange times:

Saturday start day 15th May – noon to 4.00pm


Location 4

Alderwood — Julie
99 Foch Avenue Etobicoke M8W 3X9

Plant drop off: the week of 3rd of May

Plant Exchange times:

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10-1pm

Early plants up for grabs:
wild columbine, tiger lilies and some sedum.


Location 5

Longbranch —- Gary & Donna
7 Lake Promenade Etobicoke M8V 2G6

Plant drop off:
Any Friday before the Saturday

Plant Exchange times:

Saturday 10.00am – 2.00pm

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