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TO WINTER ADD A TOUCH OF SPRING (I.E. SEEDS!)

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Beneath this snowy white and icy sauce: kale!

It’s spring-like! It’s  full-on winter! The schizo-weather patterns of the season has had us – and nature – baffled. At FYCC in all plot inspired with a late season planting, kale, rapini, chard and sorrel sustained life through most of the late fall and milder aspects of winter only to be blanketed in late January’s snowy blizzards. And to a gardener that’s a relief. We like thinking of our garlic bed slowly maturing to the natural rhythms of the gardening season of yore, not popping up in late January with the danger of frost or worst in the air.  What will happen next weather-wise, who knows?  Perhaps the groundhog will tell us on February 2nd. One thing you will need to consider now is indoor planting. Yes! Seeds, indoors!  But before you go crazy consider what you want to grow (usually based on what worked last year), what you want to experiment with this coming season,  and how many plants your plot can sustain.

You may also want to investigate how best to enrich and bring your soil up to snuff.

So although our plots are still in hibernation mode, there’s every reason why you shouldn’t be! Get seeding soon!

Some seeds such as the broccoli and cauliflower (can be started indoors in late February with anticipated inground planting of early April! see farmer’s almanac http://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-dates/ON/Toronto)

SEEDY SATURDAY AND SUNDAYS – SAVE THE DATES!

Seed inspiration can come from many places. From your last year’s successes, or the inspiration to grow something different. As a gardener, going to some of the “seed swap” events around town is always a blast. Not only do you meet other gardeners, but there’s advice and tips to forage too. Don’t miss them. Here are some local dates:

 Toronto Seed Exchange

U of T Hart House

Seedy Sunday – Feb. 13th – 12:30-6pm

See the Toronto Community Garden Network site or scroll down for more info!

Scadding Court Community Centre, 707 Dundas St W
Saturday March 16, 201311-5

Contact: Krista kristaf@scaddingcourt.org

 Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Av
Saturday March 9, 2013 

11 am – 4 pm

Contact: Aimee acarson@evergreen.ca

And some info on starting your seeds here:

http://urbantomato.blogspot.ca/p/starting-your-seeds.html

Looking for inspiration (and open pollinated seeds)

Urban Harvest’s online catalogue is available here:

http://www.uharvest.ca/

GARDEN/FOOD RELATED EVENTS

 Toronto Film Fest, ON

York University Nat Taylor Cinema
Friday March 1, 2013          9-4:30

Planet in Focus with York University Present: Focus on Sustainability Film Festival’ – the annual event with its sophomore theme on food! This entertaining and educating experience features domestic and foreign documentaries, a panel discussion with filmmakers, foodies and academics, as well as prizes provided by Fresh Restaurant, MamaEarth Organics and Front Door Organics and more!

$2$ for all day access.

The films include:
Bitter Seeds (9:00am)
Love Meat Ender (10:50am)
Urban Roots (12:10pm)
Sushi: The Global Catch (3:00pm)
See

Contact: http://www.irisyorku.ca/events/focus-on-sustainability-film-festival/food-film-festival/

FOR INFORMATION ON BEEKEEPING AND UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

http://www.torontobees.ca/

(Note the February 2nd workshop in partnership with Foodshare Toronto sold out)

EVERGREEN

Keep up to-date with Evergreen initiatives on gardening, food and greening the city at:   http://www.evergreen.ca

COMMUNITY GARDENING IN TORONTO

To find a community garden near you, please visit: http://www.tcgn.ca

To find  out about creating community gardens in parks, there’s this event: http://www.tcgn.ca/wiki/wiki.php?n=Events2013.CommunityGardensInParks-2013

Fort York Community Garden status: Currently there is a waiting list for 2013.  For more information contact: cathyord@sympatico.ca.

To lobby for a community garden in your area, please contact your local councillor.

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