You Grow Girl Seedling Growing Collective

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Hey Toronto! Let’s grow some seedlings together!

I posted about this in the forums but wanted to push it here as well since seed starting season in Toronto is happening NOW.

So here’s the deal: I’ve managed to secure shelving space in a local, community greenhouse to grow seedlings this spring. Because You Grow Girl is also a community, I’ve wrangled enough space for more than just myself to grow. Many of you are also living in small apartments without the space, money, or supplies to grow healthy seedlings, so I thought this was a good opportunity to share in.

This has come about quickly so I haven’t had much time to work through the logistics; however, what I am thinking is that a few of us share the shelf space and in turn share the daily workload of planting, watering, checking up on seedlings, etc. We can arrange a day to work together to get seeds started so if you are a new seed starter, no worries, I’m happy to walk you through the process.

The greenhouse itself also has some expectations as far as membership goes but they are around volunteering time to the park and greenhouse, not payment.

Seed growers always overdo it so I figure that in addition to growing for ourselves we could also grow some that can be donated to a charity that needs transplants. I have some ideas of those in need, but we can decide on a charity collectively.

Are you interested? The greenhouse is in Trinity Bellwoods Park.

I’d like to get an idea of interest and then decide how to proceed from there. We don’t have much time so if you’re in please comment in the forums and we can continue to work this out together.

Update: Just wanted to let everyone know that the space is filled up now.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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12 thoughts on “You Grow Girl Seedling Growing Collective

  1. If ever there was a reason for me to move to Toronto, to get to learn from you? IRL? If I were local I’d do it in a heartbeat. Sounds amazing.

  2. Nice! My biggest issue with growing seedlings is always light, and this sure does take care of that issue while also meeting up with other plant lovers.

  3. Ive got tomatos! Well, green ones. Little bitties. Gotta protect them from the evenings though, because we’re still hitting fifties at night here and I dont want them to be damaged.

  4. I am new to seed starting this year, but would love to participate and yeah – Trinity Bellwoods is right around the corner:) What a great idea!

  5. Hi Gayla
    I am very interested in joining your collective and I live near the park. I only found out about you today when I read the article in last week’s Globe. What a great article — and what a fabulous website you have too! I hope I’m not too late to participate.

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