Proposed Development at Sobey’s

Hi Fellow Gardeners

As I am sure many of you are aware, a large mixed-use condo development is being proposed for the site where Sobey’s is now located.  The development as proposed will have serious effect on views, noise and shade on Garrison Creek Park as well as some of our homes.  It will also introduce transit and transportation issues in the area.  If you are interested in learning more you can read this report from the City of Toronto: 

http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-68075.pdf

In addition, it is worth checking out the Dovercourt Park Community Association blog which provides good background about the development and some links to learn more:

http://dovercourtpark.wordpress.com/development/sobeys-development/

Mike Layton is the councillor attached to this development and he provides some background here:

http://mikelayton.ca/development-on-dupont

I believe the community meeting has been held, so you may contact Mike Layton’s office (councillor_layton@toronto.ca) or Avery Carr in planning (acarr2@toronto.ca) if you have more questions or concerns.  The Garden itself falls into Joe Mihevc’s ward and he has always supported the garden.   You may email him directly (councillor_mihevc@toronto.ca) let him know any concerns with this proposal you have in regard to the garden or otherwise. 

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Time to Harvest Garlic?

If any of you are like me, you are getting excited about your first garlic harvest.  Your scapes have curled and looped, and maybe you have even broken off a few and roasted them up for dinner (we have and man were they delicious!).

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And now you may be feeling nervous about the right time to pull your bulbs from the ground (or you may be very confident because you have done this before, and if you are please comment and give us newbies some tips!).

A little internet research and questioning of my sister (who’s partner is an organic farmer!) have led me to these answers I am about to share with you:

1. According to http://www.gardenbetty.com- the trick is in the leaves.  When half of the leaves have died off (browned) and the other half remain green, it is time.  She also cautions, “It’s a good idea to lightly dig into the soil around the bulb (taking care not to damage any of the wrappers or cloves) and check its size without digging the whole thing up. If the bulb looks small, pat the soil back down and wait a few days before you check again. If the bulb looks substantial, the wrappers tight, and the cloves well-formed, it’s ready to be pulled.”

Read more: http://www.gardenbetty.com/2011/07/the-trick-of-knowing-when-to-harvest-garlic/#ixzz2WsDgBTmu

2.  Another site https://www.garlicfarm.ca/garlic-harvesting-pospisil.htm tells us to stop watering around the 1st of July and after the scapes have been broken off so that the bulbs can mature.

3. The organic farmer (partner of my sister) says water one last time right about now with liquid fertilizer (sounds intimidating to me!) and harvest a month later.  So I did a little research on organic liquid fertilizer and found this advice from an LA blogger: http://lifeonthebalcony.com/how-to-make-your-own-organic-liquid-fertilizer/

And for those of us who are a bit lazier (I venture to put myself in this category) Urban Harvest Toronto sells Worm Castings Tea (http://www.uharvest.ca/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=26&products_id=306). You mix it with 4 litres of water and it can be used to substitute watering twice a month to improve yields in our containers (not just the size of our garlic bulbs).

Personally, as always, I still feel a little ambivalent about adding a new element into my gardening routine, but I am thinking about trying it……

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Expansion Complete!

Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday.  The beds are filled, the expansion is complete! Here are a series of photos from Marc de Mouy to document the day:photo-24 photo-22

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Joe Mihevc in the House

Come out on Saturday to shovel some earth with Joe Mihevc!

Our City Councillor is coming to Garrison Creek Community Garden at 10:00am rain or shine. He will be on hand to help put earth into our last beds.

Please join us and lend a hand, meet Joe and show support for our great community garden.

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Reading material

If you look closely you will notice a couple of new tabs on our blog’s menu.  The “Garden Rules and Regulations” have been updated this year to reflect our current policies. There is also a “Minutes” tab where you can read about what different garden committees have been up to.  Currently, there is an update from the compost committee as plans are forging ahead to re-build and organize compost at the garden.

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Compost is Here!

Compost has arrived at the plots.  We will start  with a maximum of one wheelbarrow load per plot (honour system of course) and go from there.  By way of explanation, this is a mixture of organic compost and peat provided by Zephyr Peat Land Harvesting (Mississauga) who were recommended to us by the Frankel Lambert Community Garden. Frankel Lambert has been using Zephyr Peat for the past few years, and has been happy with the product and service.
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 Photo by: Marc de Mouy
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Expansion Celebration BBQ

Where: The Plots

When: Sunday June 9th from 12pm-3pm

What: Potluck and BBQ

Please bring an offering (salads, meats, drinks) and come out to meet your new garden neighbours

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Photo Credit: Marc De Mouy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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