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Leslieville Gardeners


Leslieville Gardeners

For any type of gardener, whether you are a pro or an amateur! Share advice, comments, and discuss your Leslieville gardens!

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How to Remove Hornets Humanely

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Comment by Pat on March 26, 2012 at 3:55pm

Thanks for posting that, Christine! Claudine will be holding a meeting outdoors in Leslie Grove park (Jones & Queen) on April 1st at 1pm -- look for the balloons! Come join in.

Comment by Christine Michaud on March 26, 2012 at 12:06pm

For the Leslieville green thumbs, here is an article featured in Inside Toronto a few weeks ago.

Leslieville resident wants to start community garden

Claudine Vonsolkema is looking for people interested in starting a community garden in Leslieville.

Raised in Riverdale, Vonsolkema lived in Costa Rica for three years and spent time on an organic permaculture farm. She felt a disconnect with nature since moving back to the city in July and decided to look into starting a new community garden as a way to get closer to nature.

Anyone interested in getting involved should indicate whether they would like to be responsible for their own plot within the garden for the season or if they'd prefer to share the workload on communal plots. Vonsolkema would like to share the harvest from these plots with local women's shelters.

Those with their own plots are responsible for seeding, mulching, weeding, composting and harvesting the goods from their plot. A commitment of four to six hours per week is required.

Vonsolkema is in discussions to connect the new community garden with the Leslieville Farmers' Market, which is held in Jonathan Ashbridge Park near Queen Street East and Woodward Avenue. 

At this point, a site has yet to be officially selected and must be approved by the city. Email for details.

Comment by Jenny Harper on February 28, 2012 at 9:43pm

For anyone having rhododendron problems, pine needles are acidic and can be added loosely around the main stem and roots, with chunky peat moss, vermiculite and cool damp temps.  Probably Toronto is too hot for them to be comfortable, although they can do well in some sun, but ideally a rhodo will do well under pine trees for the acidic needles to fall on them.  The roots should be near the surface and a good amount of water added, but just enough that it doesn't swamp and flood.

Comment by Pat on February 28, 2012 at 5:20pm

Want to plant some heritage plants in your garden? Maybe something that people would have been planting back when George Leslie & Sons had their big nursery here in Leslieville? I've just published an eBook that contains George's planting advice, plus I've listed all the plants he was selling in the 1853 Catalogue and 1860 Addendum -- and I've found some places in Ontario that are still selling some of the planting material (apples and roses, for example).

Sample or purchase Pioneer Gardening in Toronto: the trees, plants, & lore of George Leslie:

Comment by melissa on June 13, 2011 at 8:40am

check out my "before and after" post about our one-year-old garden


Also...any tips on helping a recently transplanted Hydrangea survive?  It is mad at me for moving it on Saturday!

Comment by Jen C on June 11, 2011 at 5:55pm

I have a rhododendron in my front garden that has not flowered in the 3 years I've lived here.  It seems to be healthy as it's just put out a new set of leaves.  I know it's probably too late for this year, but anyone have suggestions on how I might coax flowers out of it?

Comment by Pat on May 29, 2011 at 5:27pm
Scratch, you were able to do it for 1/6 the cost because you weren't paying labour! Get real: of course it costs more when you hire someone to do it. That's capitalism. Sheesh :-)
Comment by Purrbollina on May 29, 2011 at 2:03pm

I think you're talking about Bill's Garden Centre at 903 Pape Ave ph (416) 466-8283 . Lots of interesting stuff like heirloom tomatoes,herbs, different kinds of shrubs etc

New one for me this year is the Evergreen Brick Works Garden Market. Since I started volunteering I had the chance to check it out. They are concentrating on locally grown & heritage/organic herbs & veggies & LOTS of native plants if you're interested in that type of gardening. Pricewise about par with Loblaws, East End, etc but the money's going to a good cause  Note link to Native Plant Database. Free shuttle from Broadview Stn or bike to it from the Don Valley Trails. They will deliver soil & mulch.

Comment by JPG&R on May 28, 2011 at 8:37pm
Thanks for the help. I'll stop by tomorrow and see what else I can add to my little garden!
Comment by Naomi Eaton on May 28, 2011 at 8:10pm
I second the convenience store; I've gotten herbs and things there myself.   Honestly, East End Garden centre is very pricey and the plants aren't so utterly spectacular that I feel comfortable coughing up the cash.  I'm gardening, not landscaping.  I'm happy with smaller but healthy plants that I can grow to full size on my own.

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