Community Garden: First Harvest & Unexpected Finds

While drought conditions are still affecting Eastern Ontario, we've been tending to our community garden and hoping for the best. By watering early morning we have been trying to avoid evaporation and heat damage. A drought means that there's a higher risk of losing plants due to less moisture in the ground. The effects of the current drought conditions can be seen in lesser local produce being available for sale at local markets, and production of weaker crops. A few days of rain can make a huge difference, and hopefully it happens soon! 

 

 Added support to our growing cherry tomatoes, they should be good to harvest in 1-2 weeks.

Added support to our growing cherry tomatoes, they should be good to harvest in 1-2 weeks.

Today we harvested: radishes, kale, spinach, and swiss chard, as well as some hot peppers. We are excited to share them with our volunteers, and to sell them at our Sunday markets! 

 Hot peppers, parsley, and Basil from the garden!

Hot peppers, parsley, and Basil from the garden!

 Baskets of radishes, kale (red & green), spinach, and swiss chard ready to be washed and bunched. 

Baskets of radishes, kale (red & green), spinach, and swiss chard ready to be washed and bunched. 

 A close up of what is the first of many spinach harvest.

A close up of what is the first of many spinach harvest.

 Aftermath: A lot of our spinach plants had started flowering, we left a few to allow for seed collection later.

Aftermath: A lot of our spinach plants had started flowering, we left a few to allow for seed collection later.

 Huge swiss chard! 

Huge swiss chard! 

Our produce will be available throughout the market season, and all proceeds from sales go towards developing our community garden. We appreciate any and all support towards our projects, and are excited to further develop community gardens for the Meadowvale/Lisgar area.

 The best and offical way to transport our Community Garden veggies from the market! Bags are $10 and go to supporting our non-profit projects! 

The best and offical way to transport our Community Garden veggies from the market! Bags are $10 and go to supporting our non-profit projects! 

 A collection of wildflowers, which at first we thought were just pretty, that led to some unexpected finds.

A collection of wildflowers, which at first we thought were just pretty, that led to some unexpected finds.

We also stumbled upon lovely wildflowers, and made an impromptu summer bouquet! Using Wildflowers of Ontario as a reference we were able to identify them as: Wild Chamomile and Mallows.

They're both edible; wild chamomile can be used in tea, and mallow flowers are great little toppings in a salad! We identified Milkweed growing near the garden because butterflies and bees were all over it, it was growing right from the Sixteen Mile Creek area on Ninth Line.  In the future we plan to create a Butterfly garden to preserve the Milkweed, and add more pollinator plants in the process! 

 Garden volunteer Sam, happy as can be, with a thriving community garden, and a handful of Ontario's wildflowers! 

Garden volunteer Sam, happy as can be, with a thriving community garden, and a handful of Ontario's wildflowers! 

If you wish to participate and volunteer please email volunteers@manyfeathers.ca!