The weather has been all over the place this season. We had a really long winter in Toronto and not much of a spring. Summer weather in May with frost on the May long weekend. Drought conditions in early June and more recently several days of storms with torrential downpours.
I planted my first set of seeds at the community garden the first of May. I checked back frequently at first, then low and behold three weeks past without a visit. My brother had been watering religiously so I wasnt too worried. Then he came home one day and told me that our friendly neighbour to the right told him, “man, you guys need to weed!” I went to visit the next day and was shocked by what I found.
I rightfully felt shame for the neglect. As I weeded for the next two hours I thought about the signs these weeds were showing me:
- lots of weeds means the soil is fertile (I read this online somewhere)
- nothing I planted is growing (except the onions)
- these weeds are harbouring a ton of lema beetles! (and if you look closely at the weeds above, leafminers are just as active)
- lots of white spiders with large white sacks. I think these are good guys but they took off once the weeds were gone.
OK, so some things managed to survive: a sunflower, some beets, a few marigold and cornflower, a nasturtium…
And one lone radish which I promptly harvested along with some onion tops and enjoyed that night as a reward for all my hard work :).