Veggie garden 2013 under way

Last weekend was The Big Planting Weekend in Toronto – the Victoria Day weekend, which this year had splendid weather.

Some things were already planted: I put my garlic from the Toronto Garlic Festival in last fall. It’s growing very well.

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Earlier this spring, I planted my walking onions, bulblets I got from Susan in Roslin. They’ve now sprouted:

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But they have a long way to go before they reach this stage:

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I’ll have to thin them as they grow.

Last weekend I put in more tender items, and I hope they’ll all survive the 5C overnight that has been forecast.

Four kale plants. Harvest the outer leaves, and the crop will provide food until after frost in the fall.

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Four curly endive – they looked really sad after I planted them. The soil was dry (I watered thoroughly after they were planted) but they were quite flat against the ground. They’ve doubled their leaves and are much perkier.

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Five Genovese Basil – I hope they make it through the cool weather expected tonight. Temperature predicted to drop to 5C.

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Four bunches of spicy globe basil:

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Four Japanese eggplants – they’re showing more signs of growth than I saw on my eggplants last summer, so I’m hopeful I will have some to harvest.

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Four red leaf lettuce. This is a strange picture. Almost looks like a drying-up man’o’war on a beach. I think it probably photographs better from the side. I’ll have to try again.

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Four cucumbers (I’ll have to replant them with more space). They’re just getting their first real leaves.

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Someone stole my rhubarb — it was near the front edge of the plot. Just dug it up and took it. I whined about it on Facebook, and a friend brought me a spare plant he had in his garden. It’s growing really well (and I snapped off the seed head that was forming).

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Seven tomato plants: 4 San Marzanos (love having tomato sauce!), 2 ox hearts, 1 grape tomato.

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My chives (remnants from the prior occupant) have started flowering. I’m thinking of harvesting and drying the flower petals, so I can use them as a pretty garnish.

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I’ve still got more things to plant. Mary gave me four seed potatoes, so I need to create some space to hill them up.

My garden’s also missing members of the squash family, so I’m going to have to get a couple of zucchinis and maybe a spaghetti squash.

Right now, I’m wondering if we’re going to get rain. It’s been predicted for a few days, and other parts of Toronto seem to be getting it, but not down here in Leslieville — at least, not a significant amount. Traces.

One challenge I ran into a few years ago with my allotment was that the bunnies ate my edamame (tender young plants). I’ll have to see how my lettuce and endive do. I’ve planted them in alternate rows with basil, hoping to fool the rabbits, but I know that’s not likely. When I tried growing soy, I grew some and weeded it faithfully. The rabbits ate it. I grew some more (as a green fertilizer crop, to add nitrogen to the soil) and didn’t weed — and the rabbits still found the soy among the weeds and ate it. Picky, and they know what they like.

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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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