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Packets of spinach and radish seeds

Packets of spinach and radish seeds

Today, April 4, I sowed a packet of spinach seeds (Bloomsdale Long Standing) and a row of radish seeds (Cherry Belle).  They both went into the same type of rectangular black plastic container that houses the lettuce seedlings.

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I hope these cans will prove useful as cans for growing vegetables

I hope these cans will prove useful as containers for growing vegetables

The scale of my gardening has evolved progressively but slowly over the past two years.  Two summers ago I tended five planters worth of potatoes (yielding barely five pounds after they were run over by a front-end loader–seriously).  Last summer I took over my mother’s 10′ X 10′ garden at the cottage and Kat and I added lettuce, radishes, peas, soybeans, hot peppers, strawberries (wild and “tame”), and pumpkins to the potatoes as well as an unsuccessful, late-season experiment with beets and carrots.  For this summer that garden has expanded by about 50%; we’ll be growing whatever, whereever we can in our backyard in the city; and I’m doing some research on Toronto’s community gardening system.   Generally, I’m pretty happy with the gradual pace of our expansion.

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