Tuesday, November 25, 2008

november hot pepper harvest

here are some hot peppers i harvested this week. i brought my plants indoors when it got cold
they have sitting on my radiator in a bright window
and continue to ripen, flower and fruit . . . plant pictures to come . . . .

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Seed Saving Workshop Map

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Here is a map of all the places I have been lucky enough to visit over the fall. I provided hands-on seed saving workshops with all of the gardens, and educational booths at each of the farmers markets. I met many lovely folks from across the city who were willing to share their knowledge and experiences saving seed, and many eager gardeners who were eager to learn the techniques.
For more information about the garden and market visits, keep reading. to learn about the specific groups, check out the link lists to the right.

Monday, November 17, 2008

High Park Seed Collection

Yesterday, Nov. 16th, I had the honour of meeting with the High Park Volunteer Stewardship Program. These lovely folks invited me to participate in one of their seed collection events that take place periodically throughout the year. I was shown around the area by some extremely knowledgeable Toronto Parks staff who pointed out the bounty of plants that flourish in their nursery, 'swamp', and grassland areas throughout the year.

We collected some cup plant, bergamont, butterfly milkweed seeds and surveyed many of the native grasses that were still looking lovely! Thanks very much for showing me around folks!!
Afterwards, I attended a lively potluck full of at least 40 volunteers who had spent the morning battling against buckthorn and collecting seeds.Despite reports of blustering snow, the sun was shining, and so were the faces of the participants. The potluck was full of diverse and delectable food that even included heirloom veggie hors d'ouvers made with shaved purple carrots stuffed with cherry tomatoes. Delicious.
this fabulous group is full of enthusiastic volunteers, but is always looking for more. over the winter they will be holding some educational events, as well as a seed cleaning event. This group does fabulous work promoting, preserving, providing and educating people native plants and their importance in the city and beyond . . . for more information or to participate: check out http://www.highpark.org/vsp.htm - i will post the link on the side of the blog as well

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Dagmar's Potato Listing- As mentioned in Edible Toronto

The following is a table created by dagmar baur. It represents a cross-section of many of the potato varieties that are being grown and preserved throughout ontario. The table provides excellent information on the appearance, source, possible usages, and traits of each variety

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