A Toronto 'Beach' Community, east-facing terrace,
3rd floor

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Our patio garden becomes our oasis away from the summer crowds of the Beach. It is a fabulous place to read, soak up the sun, and entertain.

Since we are starving students and foodies in the making, we focus solely on food gardening. In our first summer, we concentrated on the traditional tomatoes, peppers, green onions, pole beans and herbs (basil, rosemary, mint). Last summer, the summer of 2009, we expanded our horizons and branched out to add beets, snap peas, eggplant, celery, carrots, lettuce, spinach and edible flower nasturtium. As much as possible, we use heirloom seed varieties. Our herb and vegetable transplants are purchased at a fabulous farm/store/tea room near Aylmer, Ontario called Heritage Line Herbs.

Last summer, I grew, with relative success, two of our four tomato varieties from seed in front of our patio door. I planted the seeds in old clementine boxes lined with plastic bags, which was both cheap and easy.

In terms of planting containers, we use some standard terracotta, but have also experimented with garbage cans, wine buckets, old VHS tape storage holders from Ikea, as well as kids’ sand castle pails.

All in all, I consider our gardening adventures to be very successful. Sure, we have limited yield with some plants (we harvested 6 carrots, 2 eggplants, and no celery at all this year), but we have fun, the produce dominates many of our spring, summer and fall meals, and we create a beautiful green space for us to enjoy.

Thank you Alexis and Tim