Handpicked Books

The Garden in Winter: Plant for Beauty and Interest in The Quiet Season

This book by Suzy Bales has so many beautiful photographs and ideas on how to add interest to your garden in winter. It is meant to inspire and get your creative mind going. Bales collects tips from many different sources and knows how to capture the beauty in nature.

It’s a perfect book to look through and pick up ideas while looking at your early winter garden through your window while you sip a cup of tea nicely tucked in your favourite armchair.

There is a chapter on Christmas wreaths, center pieces and arrangements. It is so lovely to make ornaments and arrangements from nature, better yet using materials from your own garden and avoiding buying plastic ornaments all together.

My personal favourite is the Bales’ use of spray-painted dried allium that can look like snowflakes when painted white.

Now I need to venture into our LEGS Community Gardens to see what plant material is there to use.

spray painted allium
Dried allium Christmas ornaments

Many Suzy Bales gardening books, including The Garden in Winter are available at the Toronto Public Library.

The Garden in Winter: Plant for Beauty and Interest in The Quiet Season. Suzy Bales. Rodale, 2007.

By Dorota Rajewska

While the garden sleeps

Last days of autumn in the garden

We can be proud of our accomplishments in 2019:

  • 212lbs of fresh, organic food donated to the Daily Bread Food bank
  • planted: 4 pear trees, 3 plum trees, many serviceberries, 2 hazelnut trees and a strawberry patch
  • added a new 3-section composter
  • created a water system that finally works!
  • extended our north garden area

We are looking forwards to another great year in 2020. We are planning to start on orchard pruning and organic bug control methods as early as February.

In November we have completed our Autumn Tasks in the LEGS Community Gardens and now we can use the well deserved break to dream up plans for next year’s planting.

Some things we have done this year:

  1. Raked, raked, raked all the leaves and other plant debris to place in the compost bins.
  2. Weeded the pesky strangler vine.
  3. Spread the organic mushroom compost over cleaned up vegetable beds
  4. Gathered all the apples; we couldn’t compost them as they had too many bugs this year.
  5. Moved some perennial flowers to a better location.
  6. Did a general clean up of the whole area.
  7. Our tool shed has never been better organized!

Seeds, seeds, seeds.

We have been saving seeds so now that we get a break from gardening it is time to organize the seeds and get them ready for the annual seed exchange in the spring.

What about you, how do you prepare your garden space to rest through the winter?And what types of things do you do now in order to be one step ahead once planting time arrives?

By Dorota Rajewska

Terracotta – Herb Markers Fall Special Event with Black Rock Studio

Catherine Carroll, of Black Rock Studio, is sharing her beautiful talent, famous artistic eye, and studio in South Etobicoke for us local gardeners, hungry for more Garden Fun!

herb markers….they can be simple or elaborate….

See our Events Page – for details

catherine blackrock

Check out Catherine’s beautiful work with designer tiles at:Black Rock Studiowww.blackrockstudio.ca

black rock studio

Community Arborists deliver much needed mulch!

This summer we started the growing season with super garden help by receiving

Delivered mulch from 2 excellent tree care services in Toronto — donated to our community garden at Our Volunteer run Toronto Food Bank.

— want to join us? Yes

We want to thank:

Riley – Elite Care Tree Services


Dion – Hudson Tree Services

You have helped our food donations grow from great supportive much needed mulch this summer!

Lakeshore Environmental Gardening Society
presents the first Annual:

ECO — Art in Our Garden — CONTEST


OR email us at: info@legsetobicoke.ca

Deadline to enter: July 11th
Drop off art pieces: July 27th to August 1st

Garden Party Community Celebration &
Art Winners Announced: August 2nd



Monetary Prizes based on total entries received!
Starving Artist Local Merchant Gift Baskets — PLUS:


Welcoming Volunteers for the 2019 Growing Season

Come lend a hand at the community garden. Help wake the garden and meet some local gardeners. Share your gardening talents or come and learn how to grow fruits and vegetables from our core of experienced growers. Volunteer for a day or an hour.

Use our contact page to find out more.

The garden is located at:
Daily Bread Food Bank, 191 New Toronto Street

Urban Agriculture, Montreal Style! —> agri talk!

From Joe Nasr at Greenest City :

Organized by Ryerson’s Chang School in conjunction with Toronto Urban Growers will be taking place on Friday the 15th at 2PM.  Eric Duchemin, one of the key actors in the dynamic urban agriculture movement in Montreal… focusing on the recently established and fast-growing research and action hub that he is leading.  Registration details are below.


Urban Agriculture, Montreal Style! Hybrid Research Hub Supports Urban Resiliency

Join Eric Duchemin, Co-Founder and Scientific Director, Laboratory on Urban Agriculture/Laboratoire sur l’agriculture urbaine (AU / LAB) (au-lab.ca), as he provides an overview of AU / LAB’s activities – including an experimental rooftop farm, eco-grazing, rooftop vineyards, and the Urban Agriculture Montreal Hub. Eric will also present the preliminary results of a three-year research project that evaluates how urban agriculture, and particularly household gardens, act as green infrastructure for individual and collective resilience in an era of climate change.

AU / LAB is a hybrid research centre and hub that conducts social, technical, and economic research on urban agriculture (UA). It is a nonprofit organization that is associated with the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and works with municipalities, real estate developers, building managers, farming social groups, and other UA stakeholders to help in UA planning and development.

This event is presented by The Chang School’s Certificate in Food Security and Course Series in Urban Agriculture, and is co-sponsored by Toronto Urban Growers.

DATE: Friday, February 15, 2019

TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Ryerson University

Heaslip House, 7th Floor

Peter Bronfman Learning Centre

297 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON

CONTACT: 416.979.5000, ext. 6674

TO REGISTER FOR THIS FREE TALK: Please click on the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/UVfo4TJnQO9Lz8sH3.

Accessibility: The Chang School is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Please contact us two to three weeks in advance of the event if you have any particular accommodation requirements.

To reply or post to this group, send email to toronto-urban-growers@googlegroups.com

Questions?You can reach them at info@torontourbangrowers.org

Mailing address

c/o Greenest City

220 Cowan Avenue

Toronto, Ontario

M6K 2N6

Help Save Several Beds of %100 Organic Produce

Nature Cures Relocation Project

Our friends in the Kawarthas, NatureCures, are undergoing a large move and need help transplanting their beds this June!

Several plots of vegetables and flowers in high grade 100% organic beds are threatened. They are in immediate need of being moved to the new location.

NatureCures will provide Free trips  for people who want to help with the transplanting. All transportation from Toronto area and back plus food and accommodation will be provided. Tent space also available, and camping is encouraged.

Length of stay will be one night with a second night optional.

You will also have the opportunity of networking with Keith Taylor, an expert in permaculture farming, and access to all organic produce and seeds for this season.

Contact  Byron at  647-381-9147 or  Rene at  647-771-5749

For more info on the farm visit   http://www.naturecures.ca