September 2014 e-note

SEPTEMBER 2014

Enjoy torontobalconiesbloom.ca

 

Greetings in the Twilight of Summer

 

We trust this note finds you waxing enthusiastic over the charm and bounty of your balcony garden oasis. Hopefully, you are gratified by the entertainment and education you dug up through your pots of dirt (oops, soil). It’s the goal of Toronto Balconies Bloom volunteers to help grow green the vertical terrain of our city. Have a look at some ready resources and activities to energize and support the balcony and small space gardeners in our midst.

 

What’s New

* WANTED! Your balcony garden tales, tips and pictures! Strut your stuff, share your experience, help keep the TBB website fresh, inspiring, information and engaging. Your dazzling photos, stories and lessons will encourage and guide others in gardening off-the-ground. Amateur to professional, all contributions are welcome to reach the wide TBB audience. Perhaps a short article to dish out your advice and expose your expertise? Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

* TBB BALCONY GARDEN PHOTO CONTEST! We know you’ve got one, or two, so send us your beautiful balcony garden photos. Let others in on your thrill. Prizes include 5 pounds of Ontario heirloom garlic and 2 free tickets to the sensational Toronto Garlic Festival! Submit your photo entry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, September 15th. Check out the Contest Rules and Guidelines, and keep an eye on the 2014 Contest page of the TBB website for updates.

 

* This summer Toronto Balconies Bloom became a partner of David Suzuki Foundation’s Homegrown National Park Project. We’re excited to meet Green Skies Toronto, a Homegrown National Park project working to promote “off-the-ground growing” (green roofs, balcony and vertical gardens) in the heart of Toronto. Welcome to the new crew of volunteer rangers dedicated to greening up our urban heat island! For information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Native Pollinator Plants on the TBB Website:

* Curious about native pollinator plants and balcony gardens? Check out TBB’s Resources page to link to the North American Native Plant Society database and University of Guelph suggestions.

* Dig into Kathryn Lwin’s rich and inspiring Handbook on Growing Wild and Edible Plants in the Urban Landscape and the shareable The River of Flowers Story video, both on the TBB Articles page.

 

Timely Tips on TorontoBalconiesBloom.ca:

* Perk up your garden photos, for posting, personal satisfaction or contest submissions with Cecilia Macaulay’s clever clues to Photographing Plants in Pots and Small Spaces.

* Savour your Fall garden. Muse on Toronto Master Gardener Elizabeth Stewart’s Top 10 Edibles for Fall Containers.

 

Events Upcoming:

* Toronto Seed Library’s Seed Saving 101 and children’s event – Thursday, September 4th at Barbara Frum Library. For event details, click here.

* Toronto Garlic Festival on Sunday, September 21st at Evergreen Brick Works. Of particular interest to balcony gardeners, Festival talks include Garlic and the City. Hear grower Bart Brusse on how to grow garlic in containers and on balconies. DON’T STINK & DRIVE! Free shuttle from Broadview station.

      

 

Reminders:

* Send your notices to the TBB Events page and post on the TBB Facebook page, great spots to help get the word out.

* Consider the Canadian Organic Growers' Master Gardener course! For September registration and information click here

* Toronto Star is looking for interesting and photogenic balcony gardens. Email your description and photo to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with "balcony garden" in the subject line.

* Share the joys, challenges and mishaps of balcony gardening - join the TBB Facebook group.

* Show your support for TBB. Sign on as a Supporter - it's free!

VOLUNTEER with TBB! Our broad mandate welcomes a wide range of interests and skills. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .