|Barren beds and emerging garlic in April|
|Growing garlic and staked tomatoes in early June!|
By the beginning of May, the garden was beginning to take shape and I had made my first plantings of a variety of mustard greens, leaf lettuce and spinach. There were some solitary days but I soon began to get help from a dedicated community volunteer, as well as a number of TCI students who were taking an interest in getting their community hours in the garden. I was also seeing more and more of Chef Keith Hoare and the Culinary Program's staff and students, who were coming out to the garden in search of early spring perennials like chives, garden sorrel and lovage.
|Garden beds, now prepped with compost|
Being new to the garden, I was frequently discovering plants that were making themselves known as the spring progressed. I began to feel more and more excited about what this garden has to offer and appreciative of all the work that has gone into the Thistletown Garden in years' past. The number of perennials at this garden is amazing! -- including the great variety of fruit trees and berry bushes that were recently added to the space.
|Perennials near the TCI 'riverbed'|
|"Three Sisters" sign, newly painted|
|Growing lettuce and rapini|
It been great to see the close connection with the Culinary Program continue throughout the spring. TCI Culinary Arts students participated in Toronto's Mac and Cheese Festival this year, using fresh chives from the garden in their award-winning dish.
The garden has really begun to flourish and show more and more beauty throughout June. We've been having great harvests of tatsoi, mizuna and tokyo bekana (Asian greens), lettuce greens, southern giant mustard, rapini, radish, kale, chard, spinach, and strawberries, strawberries and more strawberries! On Friday, June 17th, we held our first market stand at the garden. It was amazing to share our work in the garden so far, and make some money which will go towards a new market tent -- helping to keep our produce even fresher on hot summer days!
|Oooo check out that shiny spinach!|
|The Southern Giant Mustard is spicy and delicious!|
|The cabbages are growing... watch out|
|The captivating borage flower :)|