Must weed before planting

I have my allotment garden. It needs to be weeded. After procrastinating (well, not really: was just busy with other things, like creating Pat Anderson Photography) I went to the intersection of Leslie and Unwin this morning and started weeding with my Garden Claw.

I love my Garden Claw. I have loved it for years. I will love it until it wears out or breaks, and will then buy another one.

Here’s what my garden looked like when I arrived.

Before starting

After doing some initial clean-up (stacked the chairs, removed the flagstone path, stacked all the tomato cages), I spent three hours weeding, and got about 40% of the job done.

40% done

I must go back tomorrow morning and finish the job — I’ll get out there earlier than I did today (it was probably 9:30 by the time I got there). That will give me more time before the sun starts heating things up.

One thing that has to go tomorrow will need some work removing:

Flowering Red Osier Dogwood

Cornus stolonifera. This one’s a Red osier dogwood. Pretty, yes. Also pretty invasive. I’ve been running into stolons of the main plant already, so it has to go. Anybody want a red osier dogwood? Speak now…

While I was out there, I met one of my gardening neighbours, Bill. Bill had some extra cucumber plants, so I put them in a shady spot today, and will plant them in the morning. I know they need plenty of space, so will put them away from where I plan to grow tomatoes, basil, peppers, lettuce greens and birdhouse gourds.

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About pat

Visual thinker, first got interested in digital imagery in the early days of Omni magazine, back when it used to review what had happened at SIGGraph. I worked in the 3D software field for 23 years. Lifelong enjoyment of gardening grew over time; I was a Master Gardener (briefly) and had a vegetable and herb allotment garden in Toronto to grow vegetables, as well as perennial gardens at home. Gardening and enjoying fresh produce also raised my interest in cooking with really good local food. As more restaurants in Toronto are offering local fare, I enjoy dining out and sampling the visions the different chefs have.

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