Tag Archives: urban food gardening

Growing Community: It begins

Garden preparation started in mid-February after months of anticipatory planning. This year I would get a jump on things by being ready to plant at the first possible moment. The first bona fide gardening act of the season was to … Continue reading

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Growing Community: I am an urban homesteader

What does it mean to be an urban homesteader? The notion of the homestead is far from new. The Oxford Canadian Dictionary (Second Edition) defines “homestead” as: “n. 1 an area of public land…granted to a settler in exchange for … Continue reading

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Growing Community

I began this year by setting out some goals for myself. These are goals about food— growing it, preserving it, and saving it from waste. Goal 1 was to grow more food, and I thought I might accomplish this goal … Continue reading

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A New Year in Food

I’ve never been a big fan of the New Year’s resolution. I’m not against it in principle, it just often lacks intention and an implementation plan. “This year I will garden more,” she declares, coffee in hand, one late morning … Continue reading

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Urban food gardening, part 5: harvest time

Is November still considered “harvest time”? My North American upbringing has me associating the harvest with late August to October, with the requisite pumpkins, apples, golden sunlight (when it’s not raining), and random haystacks. An unidentified farm vehicle and a … Continue reading

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Urban food gardening, part 4: site maintenance

Time moves slowly in the first weeks after sowing seed. You’re watering very carefully, waiting for the first tiny greens to break through the soil. You watch for growth, measured daily, and write veggie due dates in your calendar. With … Continue reading

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Urban food gardening, part 3: from seed…

When did my favourite reading become a seed catalogue? Such publications are fascinating, really. A wealth of information, tidily packaged into concise boxes with pictures, descriptive text, and icons for growing seasons and heirloom status. Though not strictly necessary, some … Continue reading

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