When I was a kid, my family always had a vegetable garden. I can remember planting the carrot seeds and impatiently waiting through the long summer weeks for them to be grown enough for me to rip them out and eat them straight out of the ground dirt and all, or standing in front of the bushy pea vines and stuffing the fat pods into my mouth til I couldn’t move.
Then I grew up and got a big backyard and really, really wanted a vegetable garden. But I really wasn’t very good at it. Things either didn’t flourish at all or else they overflourished. Things got weedy and woody, or limp and wilty. Remind me to tell you about the time the tomatoes took over the entire backyard, or the time the lettuce bolted while we were on vacation and then I tried to make a salad with it.
Or, don’t. That was a bad day.
Life is different in a city garden. Space limitations, light angles and soil composition all conspire to make things Very Different than my childhood wide-open countryside garden patch. There’s a lot to learn to make your garden a success. At the Green Living show last month, I found out about Toronto’s Fresh City Farms’ Workshops which are a green thumb wannabe’s dream come true. This fab organization runs workshops on four separate topics on various dates throughout May and June, including Organic Urban Gardening 101, Organic Balcony Gardening 101 (for those of you with a hankering for tomatoes but no ground to put them in!), Garden Planning and Design, and Mastering the Art of Composting and Soil Nutrition. Prices range from $65 to $80 for a workshop (and are cheaper for groups).
Looking for some gardening help? This is the place to do it. See you there?
Updated: I took the Organic Gardening 101 workshop – I’ll tell you all about it here.