Hello fellow gardeners. If you’re coming from today’s Globe and Mail article, the full story about the tobacco gardener is here.
If you’d like seeds, I’ve got loads (I’m not going to grow them) and am happy to pass them on in the spirit they were given to me. Please send a self addressed stamped envelop to my P.O. Box and I’ll mail a few to you. Sorry everyone. I meant the tobacco seeds only. Have been inundated with seed requests (of all sorts) and have no more left to give.
If you’d like a peek at my gardens, there are a few more recent images and stories here.
Tomorrow is the Seeds of Diversity 25th Anniversary Celebration. Seeds of Diversity is Canada’s national heritage seed conservation effort, specifically focused on preserving and promoting non-hybrid plants of significance to this vast country. I am extremely proud (and consequently a little nervous) to be speaking as the keynote in front of a group of gardeners I hold in very high regard. The event will also include seed buying tables (last call for seed starting season!) and lunch is included in the fee. I believe tickets are still available.
Spring is (supposedly) here in Toronto, which means it’s time to start talking about gardening! As a result, I’ve got a bunch of confirmed events on the roster in Toronto over the next few weeks.
Saturday, March 28, 2009. 1:30 pm
I’m calling this a plant-along rather than a workshop since the aim of this workshop is primarily to walk members of our Seedling Growing Collective as well as members of the greenhouse we are sharing through the ins and outs of starting seeds and caring for seedlings. I will be starting my own seeds as well, so in that sense it is not a workshop but more of a communal effort with some discussion and instruction added on.
I’m not yet sure if this is only open to our group and greenhouse members, but I will confirm for future dates. However, if you are curious about the greenhouse, it will be open to the public that evening at 8:30pm in celebration of Earth Hour.
Toronto Horticultural Society: Small, Urban Potager
Monday, March 30, 2009. 7pm
I’ll be speaking about growing beautiful food gardens in small and difficult spaces. I’ve been told that non-members are welcome to come out for this event and it is free to attend.
Seeds of Diversity 25 Year Celebration:
Sunday, April 5, 2009. 9am-4pm
I’ll be talking about growing urban food gardens, telling stories, and showing photographs of my own gardens as well as other urban food gardens I have visited.
This talk is a part of a larger event with other speakers and costs $35 to attend (includes lunch).
You’ll need to register ahead of time with Seeds of Diversity in order to attend.
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.
The best gardening event of the year, Seedy Saturday Toronto is coming up this week! This year it’s in a new venue and at a new time, which should be interesting. Once again I will have a table and will be selling my wares. We’ll be debuting a new t-shirt that I know you’ll love. I’ll also have some of my own surplus seeds to trade.
See you there!
When: Saturday February 28, 2009
from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns (Barn #2), 601 Christie St., Toronto
If you’re looking for a Seedy Saturday in your area check out the listings on the Seeds of Diversity site.
Just a reminder that the date to get your items shipped out is approaching. I originally said Dec 1 but have decided to give it until Dec 5 because I have been so behind in answering my emails. I’ve got a P.O. Box that you can send it to now, but please do email me (gaylaatyougrowgirldotcom) so I know how many packages to wait for. I don’t want to miss any.
Toronto Postal Station C.
1117 Queen Street W.
Toronto ON M6J 3P6