Chives- because they are already pretty...

Chives- because they are already pretty…

This spring has been an unusual one so far in that my husband Jay has had very little time to help get our plants and seeds into the ground (thank you Urban Harvest Toronto- see information below). This may or may not be a good thing because Jay is quite an accomplished gardener, and truth be told, I just misspelled the word gardener to read like an expressway in my hometown of Toronto…maybe not a good sign, and while I feel deep down that in a former life I was a full on farmer…in this life?….well….

You see Jay reads instructions and follows rules. I on the other hand come from more of a “bigger is better”, “two is better than one” and “the more the merrier” type place. When it comes to throwing a party this is a fantastic attribute. Gardening? Who’s to say…

Outer garden- 1/2 way there

Outer garden- 1/2 way there

While I may not follow the rules I am freakishly protective of this garden…I am already considering an all out ball ban in our backyard this summer which would be considered extremely radical by our four kids. Perhaps by everyone? But the mere idea of their brave little stems being snapped brings up instincts that can only be described as maternal…or psycho, depending on which family member you are talking to.

Inner garden- half way there

Inner garden- half way there

Only time will tell if my slightly, although not completely, avant garde style is going to yield overcrowded and unhappy plants or a flourishing farmers market for the entire neighbourhood. I am a firm believer that anything you do in life with a happy heart and a skip in your step can only end well, so I will whistle and weed my way through this summer with that in mind.

How does our garden grow? It remains to be seen.

Here is what we have planted this year….

  • Ruby Red Swiss Chard
  • Dinosaur Kale
  • Vates Blue Kale
  • Red Russian Kale
  • Black Beauty Eggplant
  • Celery
  • Bronze Fennel
  • Luscious Lettuce Mix
  • Collard Greens
  • Arugula
  • Easter Egg Radish
  • Scarlett Runner Pole Beans
  • Chinese Five Spice Hot Peppers (our without question favourite hot peppers EVER- grow some in a pot!)
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Nasturtiums
  • Box Car Willy Tomatoes
  • Yellow Perfection Tomatoes
  • Olpaka Paste Tomatoes
  • Jaune Flamme Tomatoes
  • Marianna Peach Tomatoes
  • Zebra Tomatoes
  • Spicy Globe Basil
  • Sweet Basil
  • Genovese Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Mustard Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Greek Oregano
  • Patty Pan Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Lemon Cucumbers

All of our seedlings and seeds were purchased from Urban Harvest – 100% Certified Organic Seeds Since 1997

Pop up is located at 1604 Queen Street West

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