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After the setback of  accumulated snow earlier in the week the weather has now become much sunnier and spring-like.

Tomato seedlings crowded two or three to a cell and starting to push out their first true leaves

Tomato seedlings crowded two or three to a cell and starting to push out their first true leaves

The tomatoes germinated at a much better rate than expected.  This means that I face one of the tougher moments in the gardening year.  Two or three seedlings cannot co-exist in a single cell.  They will compete for nutrients and water and end up killing each other.  More to the point it is very difficult (at least for amateurs gardeners of my level) to separate the delicate root systems and transplant these tiny siamese seedlings into separate containers.  The only solution I can see is to use a pair of scissors to remove all but the strongest seedling in each cell.  It is a amazing that each of these little guys will produce at least ten pounds of tomatoes if given the right growing conditions but similarly difficult to willfully destroy the seedlings that have nothing obviously wrong with them. (more…)

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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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