And so, it begins again.

A new year, and a nice day yesterday meant I biked down Leslie Street to check on my allotment garden. Finally! It feels like spring again.


The ground still feels a bit too wet (and it’s a bit early) to weed and expose all the soil to the wind. I need to add soil, not to lose it due to wind erosion! I pulled up the stalks from the annual shiso, but will leave the rest of the weeds until it gets a bit closer to when I’m going to plant things.

I did some planting in the fall — after I went to the Garlic festival, I put 53 cloves of garlic in one bed.

They’re growing!


I’m not sure what I’m going to plant where yet, but there will be more tomatoes and basil. I’ve still got some time to figure the rest of it out. I got my copy of Square Foot Gardening back, so I’ll review it — it’s got really good data on crop rotation and how much to plant to meet your eating needs.
I also have some lavatera seeds I harvested, although I suspect I didn’t get them all before they fell to the ground, so they may sprout without any help from me.

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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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