Bugs & Hugs Contest

Gifted bugs of the gardens are available: Rove Beetles, Solitary Bees, Lacewing Eggs, Trichogamma Wasps.

They are beneficial to growing food as they feed on destroyers such as coddling moth, cabbage worm, tomato hornworm, corn earworm, corn borer, gypsy moth, leafworms, fruitworms, peach borer, diamond back moth, tomato pinworm, cutworms, bollworms, armyworms, tent caterpillars etc.

Pick up your bug kit now! Take a photo with your new „pet” releasing it into the garden or parklands and send us the photos at:

info@legsetobicoke.ca or tag us online @legsetobicoke & @parkppl

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Best photo WINS

  • Nurture Growth Fertilizer
  • Solitary Bee Polinator Kit
  • Healing Muse Organic Seeds

Pick up Bug Kits at The Healing Muse Apothecary at 2859 Lakeshore Blvd. West

Contest deadline: July 14 2020

The Bindweed Brigade

It was pretty amusing to come across this quote while reading Louise Penny’s murder mystery Kingdom of the Blind, after a hard day’s work in the community garden.

Myrna thought of the poisonous plants under the snow, buried there frozen but not dead, just waiting. Though the real threat didn’t come from from the poison flowers, those you could see, those you knew about and besides they, at least were pretty. No the real danger in a garden came from the bindweed that moved underground then surfaced and took hold strangling plant after healthy plant killing them all slowly and for no apparent reason except it was its nature. And then it disappeared underground again. Yes the real danger always came from the thing you couldn’t see .

We have worked on many tasks, but getting rid of bindweed is a priority.

Plant Exchange is Here

Please pick up/drop off plants between May 15 and June 15 at the following locations in Etobicoke. Look for the green Plant Library & Exchange sign.

Plant Library & Exchange

Mimico Baptist Church
80 Hillside Ave.
Look for picnic tables on the lawn
Monday to Friday
10 a.m. – 4 p. m.

The Healing Muse Apothecary
2859 Lakeshore Blvd. West
Outside the store
Tuesday to Saturday
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Primrose Ave. and Lakeshore
Mon. to Friday
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

North East Corner of Park Blvd. and Long Branch Avenue
only on the dates indicated below:
Sat. May 30, Sun. May 31; Sat. Jun 6, Sun. Jun 7; Sat. Jun 13 & Sun. Jun 14
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lake Promenade and 23rd Street
Sun. May 24 & 31; Sun. Jun 7 & 14
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

More plants needed. Share your plants! Get new plants from your fellow gardeners.

Where to get soil

Raised beds

Dear gardeners:

For many of you who are asking about where to get soil, I’ve checked up on a couple of home delivery options: here they are. I’m sure there are lots more options too!
Stay safe and start seedlings !!

1. Gro4 Organics Inc
     – www.gro4.ca
     – (416)769-1428
     – delivery throughout Ontario
     – many mixes including potting soil & worm compost
     – one of the only companies focused on the biology of the soil. comes highly recommended!

2. East End Garden Centre
    – (416) 469-4925
    – located at Queen & Greenwood
    – delivery in their area, and can arrange for other areas
    – $40 delivery fee for orders under $100, $20 delivery fee for orders over $100
    – outdoor soils, potting soils, mulch, plants, etc. some organic options.
    – also check their facebook and instagram for details

3. Grow It All
     – not presently doing delivery but you can order and arrange a pick-up.
     – selection of potting soils, indoor soils, coir, promix, organic options available
     – all kinds of containers, pots and trays
     – located on Geary (north of Dupont) near Dufferin
     – (416) 588-9595
     – www.growitall.ca

4. pic-a-mix
– 1(888)742-2649
     – www.picamix.ca
     – cubic yard bags and loose cubic yards of garden soil, compost, and mulch
– taking orders now for deliveries in April, note cubic yards cost around $130
     – I have had great results with their composted duck manure and the aurora gold for veggie gardens

Some More Handpicked Books

While the spring is near we can still enjoy some garden free time to peruse beautiful books that can inspire us in our gardening, foraging, food preparation activities. In case you are hungry for new interesting information here you are.

Here is a fresh batch of plant related books. All available at the Toronto Public Library branches.

You can revise your knowledge of herbs and their Latin names as well as many tips on how to grow, their uses for health benefits and enjoy many colourful recipes in the two books on herbs.

Healing Mushrooms
A Practical and Culinary Guide to Using Mushrooms for Whole Body Health by Tero Isokauppila

I am a huge fan of mushrooms and this book is simply wonderful. Introduces the reader to the many properties of mushrooms and their uses. Did you know that shiitake can be beneficial to your skin, liver, lower your cholesterol and improve acne? The book is full of useful information presented in very easy to read format and contains many flavourful recipes.

There are many books out there on foraging as it is gaining popularity. You will find a lot of useful information in these two books on how to start, what tools to use, the bigger implications of legality and sustainability for urban foragers as well as interesting and surprising recipes such as Day Lily Salad, Nettle and Pea Risotto with Mint, Sumac Vodka, Dandelion Crown Pad Thai, Milkweed Flower Cordial..

If you were not sure about okra, it is a vegetable with mixed reputation, these 2 books are sure to encourage you to try it. Both present many interesting facts about okra and are very enthusiastic in praising many okra properties. In the introduction to The Whole Okra Chris Smith quotes the following: “In short, okra represents true nobility. The next time you hear people say it is herbaceous, hairy and spineless, I urge you to punch them right in the nose.” — Dick West “In Defence of Okra”, 1961.

Are Kale and Onions friends? Find out. Both books present many great recipes along with the information on kale, arugula, garlic, chives, onions, cilantro, lovage, parsley, sage and how to grow them and use them in your food. The recipes are modern and innovative to assure you of health benefits. You can learn how to make Thai Kale with Turmeric or Warm Lentil Salad with Kale or Kale with Buckwheat Noodles and Roasted Beets.

Vegans rejoice. Here are 2 very nice books for you. If you have heard of the Keto Diet and how effective it is in helping you to loose wait, but did not want to eat all the meat and fat, here is your vegan keto book. It contains many amazing recipes from Roasted Vegetables to Jackfruit Pulled Pork and Mushroom Tacos. From simple to more sophisticated Vegan Keto is sure to please your palate.
Sushi Modoki is quite a sophisticated book at first glance, but rest assured it does introduce all the basics including all the utensils you might need along with all the typical ingredients and techniques of sushi preparation. Once the mystery is lifted it is a great book to follow and try the many different and delicious recipes for nigiri, chiroshi, inari, oshi and sushi rolls. Read the book to find out what they all are.

— Dorota Rajewska