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I didn’t write a blog post this weekend, but I did tend to my garden. And in this crazy, upside-down internet world, that means that I actually have something to blog about while I arrange interviews!
I’m a happy renter in midtown Toronto living in a fourplex on Avenue Road. Much of the space behind us is a parking lot with a just-big-enough patio. Along the back of the house and the side fence, though, is a space for planting.
When we first moved in eight years ago, the garden was unkempt ground cover with a couple of perennials, two peonies and two clematis. The side plot had no wall around it and the the dirt had spread onto the patio and with it the overgrowth. It was not a welcoming place for our fellow tenants.
I wanted to grow things I could eat.
But did I have enough room to make it worthwhile?
Plants want to grow. You just have to create the conditions for them to do so.
This is my fifth year growing food in my backyard and it has become a hobby that I enjoy deeply. It doesn’t take a lot of time – a few days at the start of the season and a couple more at the end with some regular maintenance throughout. The returns, though, in both relaxation and produce are well worth it. I don’t grow nearly enough in my small space to save us any trips to the grocery store, but from about the middle of June to the end of September, there is usually one meal a week that features a thing or two from the garden. It reminds us how wonderful food – real food, fresh food – can taste.
Do you garden in the city? Share some of what you’ve learned. Have you been thinking of gardening in the city? Share some of the questions you have.