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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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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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Urban food gardening, part 2: the reclaimant gardener

Choosing a site for a vegetable garden is dependent on several very practical things. Exposure is critical, so a south-facing site with plenty of east and west exposure will allow needed hours of sun to reach hungry leaves. Water is … Continue reading

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Urban food gardening, part 1: the land challenge

You can’t get more local than growing vegetables in your own backyard—or front yard, patio, or rooftop, for that matter. But when your condo is north-facing and heavily shaded, there’s no accessible ground on the property, and you suspect your … Continue reading

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