My allotment garden, end of July 2013

I neglected my garden for the two hottest and wettest weeks in Toronto. When it was hot (and not wet) I did water, and did some desultory weeding, but it was really half-hearted. This week I’ve spent 4 hours weeding, and I think I’ve got about an hour left. But the harvest season is beginning.

Here’s an overview of what I collected today:


I did pick more tomatoes and zucchini than in this picture, and I’ll likely harvest the whole garlic crop by the end of the week: since the leaves are all browning, the bulbs aren’t likely to be growing much bigger.

Here are some highlights:

San Marzano (plum) tomatoes are ripening. They will come home, be washed, and frozen in zip lock bags in my freezer, to be thawed when I want to make sauce. They freeze and thaw well (and the skin comes off cleanly once thawed, instead of doing the whole scald/chill/peel thing).

Da bomb. Hot cherry peppers. I’ve got a few happening; I hope I’ll get more flowers and more fruit.

My curly endive bolted (heck, it shot up to 3′ high) so I yanked it. Everything else continues to flourish in this bed.

Have you ever seen a potato fruit before? Potatoes and tomatoes are very closely related — but potatoes create these delicious starchy tubers below ground that we eat. Here’s a fruit on one of my potato plants. I’m going to leave it to see what happens! Looks a lot like a green tomato.

I have an eggplant. It’s about the size of my thumb. This is, however, an improvement over what I was able to accomplish last year with eggplants.

There is hope, however. The next plant over has a flower, so maybe I’ll get an eggplant on it, too.



My red leaf lettuce is getting ready to bolt. I need to pick some more of it this week. I want to use some of the leaves to make can-can skirts for frogs legs!

I left one garlic scape on its bulb — and have been watching as it has grown and now split the silver paper surrounding the head. Slightly weird and creepy. I may have to play with this in Photoshop and do something Gothic with it.


I harvested three zucchini and about a half-dozen tomatoes; need to go back Friday morning for some basil, lettuce, and whatever else looks like it’s happening (there was a tiny yellow squash today; it might be harvestable by Friday. Or not). And it really is time to pluck up all my garlic.

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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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  1. Marcelle CoakleyWe have a community garedn in Onslow that we would like to register, it is approx 1,400kms north west of Perth and we have just about completed all our major foundation work with an emphasis on health being the main focus of our garedn. It has a fruit forest and a large outdoor kitchen and wood fired oven and will be a meeting place for community groups and host monthly market days and be used to deliver health related services and larger community events. We have a page on facebook Onslow Community garedn and would love to join any networks that will give us the ability to interact and learn from other models especially in Australia.Kind regards,Marcelle CoakleyOnslow Community garedn co-ordinator

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