Spring was harsh on gardens in Toronto. The drastic changes between hot and cold days as well between rainy days and dry weather prevented seed germination and killed seedlings. At Maloca, we were lucky to have one generous member who shared her extra seedlings and we were able to sow some new seeds. Gardening is often about being able to adapt! We got rewarded by the squash germinating and growing fast in June. They will soon be ready to climb on our vertical structures (pallets and old swing set)
Not every plants were susceptible to the spring weather, though. Our Asian greens thrived! We got to harvest bok choy and chinese cabbage four weeks in a row. With the heat of July, they are starting to flower. We will try to save some seeds for next year.
Our fruit bushes are also in great shape, especially the current bushes which are providing us with bountiful harvests. Their deep red colour indicate their sweetness, otherwise currents’ bitterness causes funny faces. We had enough currents to eat them fresh and also to cook with them. By adding sugar and pectin, you can make delicious jelly and jam.
The raspberries are going to be ready in a couple of weeks. These now green fruits will turn pink for our enjoyment.
In June, we celebrated the Summer Solstice at Maloca by sharing a potluck dinner and playing games. It was great fun and we had a chance to experience the garden with a different lighting and ambience.
July at Maloca will be about harvesting fruits, herbs and garlic while our tomatoes and eggplant enjoy the sun and the heat to ripe in August.