Archive for May, 2008

Happy Victoria Day

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Tanny and the seedlings.

This weekend Tanny and I had some time to work on the website and the garden. Tanny added some more soil to her tomato seedlings and pinched off the weaker ones. I worked some compost into the garden and got it primed for planting. Unfortunately the temperature is just barely into the double digits so we’re going to wait until next weekend to plant.

Also – the seasonal food list now has lists for BC and PEI.

Sprouts update – Week 5

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

McMullen tomatoes - over 3 inches tall

Sweet Basil

Golden Midget Watermelon brown leaves

With the exception of the watermelon, my seedlings are doing quite well.  Most have at least one set of “true” leaves.  The McMullen tomatoes are over 3 inches tall! I’m supposed to pinch back the weaker seedling in each pot, but I can’t bring myself to do it just yet. One more week.

This weekend (Victoria Day Weekend) marks the beginning of the growing season for us in the Toronto area.  I didn’t start my seedling early enough to transplant this weekend, but I will be sowing some carrots, parsnips and peas directly in the garden.



Yellowing Golden Midget Watermelon Leaves – Help!

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Golden Midget Watermelon yellowing leaves

Golden Midget Watermelon brown and drying leaves

My golden midget watermelon seedlings are not doing so well.  The leaves are looking yellowish, and on one of the seedlings, the first set leaves have started to turn brown and dry.  Has anyone else experienced this?  Is this normal?



The Challenges of Eating Locally

Monday, May 12th, 2008

We’ve been eating locally (mostly) since the beginning of the year.  Being from Toronto, we are lucky to have numerous year-round farmers’ markets.  A quick search on our resource page shows 19 local food suppliers within 10 km from my house.  And yet, I find it difficult to maintain this local eating lifestyle.  It was easier when I was on maternity leave – Ella and I would have daytrips to farmers’ markets and specialty stores during the week.  Now that I’m back to teaching, I’m exhausted at the end of the day, and I still have hours of housework and lesson planning to do.  The only time we have to shop for grocery is late at night and on the weekends.  The 24-hr Dominion down the street is just so tempting, we shop there more often than we’d like to.  Sometimes, I just don’t have the time or energy to go to the market or the specialty stores.  At the same time, I get frustrated shopping at the big supermarkets. The local food selection there is very limited, and the organics section looks pitiful.  Just last weekend, I had to throw out half a bag of organic onions we’d bought the week before – they’ve gotten rotten and moldy. I don’t know if it’s because the non-organic produce has chemicals to make them last longer, or that the organic produce sits on the shelf for longer, I find the quality of organic produce at big chain grocery store to be of poorer quality.

Anyway, I can’t wait for the new season of farmers’ markets to start and I count down the days (24) to my first CSA share from Plan b Organics.  I look forward to the summer months where I’ll have more time to garden, shop for food and try out new recipes.

What has your local eating experience been like? What are your tricks to “stay on the wagon”?



Sprouts update

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Sprouts - week 3

Week 3: They are getting bigger.

Seasonal Food List

Monday, May 5th, 2008

I finally had some time to work on our big to-do list for the website. Tanny has had a list of seasonal food for a long time now and it is finally on the site (see the list on the green bar to the right). The list shows items that are seasonal in Ontario for the current month. Right now only four items are shown but there will soon be a link to a page where all items are displayed and you can select upcoming or past months.

We currently only have a list for Ontario. If you have a link to information about what’s in season in other provinces, please email us and I’ll include it.