Category: Gardening

Rouge Days 2012

I’ve been working on an event I’d like to share with you! Rouge Days is a celebration of the Rouge River Watershed. The Rouge River Watershed stretches through Scarborough, Pickering, Ajax and Markham. It also includes the soon-to-be national Rouge Park and the Toronto Zoo! If you live in any of these areas, there are lots of free events to participate in this week! Hike, cook-offs, workshops, and more, there’s something for everyone.

Last week I went to the kick-off party at beautiful Markham Museum. We went on tours of the gardens, visited the blacksmith and got to take home a native plant! Check out the pics and visit the website to find out about the events. Rouge Days runs from June 8th to June 16th.

How does your garden grow?

At work, we get to keep a garden! It’s super exciting, because I am generally afraid of planting things (worms!) so avoid it, unless it’s indoors. We have a full fledged garden though. I share it with 4 other girls from work, which makes weeding a snap! Here are some images of stuff growing and being planted.

In our garden: Snow peas, peas, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, regular tomatoes, cucumber, garlic, zucchini, green peppers, red peppers, onions, basil and parsley.

growing herbs

I don’t know how it happened, but in the spring I became obsessed with the idea of growing herbs, and making herb butter. (Largely due to a book called, “The Cook’s Herb Garden.”)

So I waited until this herb growing kit went on sale, and bought two of them. The Mediterranean one comes with Sage, Rosemary and Garlic Chives. The Italian one comes with Parsley, Basil and Oregano. The two brown discs are actually made of a waste product- coconut husks. It tells me to add two and a half cups of water, which seems like a lot. The little round of coconut waste miraculously grows into soil! I put too much water the first time, so I lowered the amount the second time. I planted my seeds, and wait for them to grow.
Within two days, they have sprouted! I should have labeled them though…because I have no idea what’s growing!! The garlic chives are the easiest to tell apart. The last two pictures were taken yesterday (they’ve been growing for a week now) I’m also sorry that most of these pictures are terrible. I can’t really take pictures of plants, I guess.

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