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The rain, the soil, and other things

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.

At least the onions are OK

At least the onions are OK

View from above. I recognize lambs quartre, but the rest are a mystery!

View from above. I recognize lambs quarter, but the rest are a mystery!

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:

positives

  • lots of weeds means the soil is fertile (I read this online somewhere)

negatives

  • 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)
Lema beetles making babies

Lema beetles doing what they do best — making more lema beetles!

Babies

Lema beetle eggs

More eggs!

More eggs!

unsure

  • lots of white spiders with large white sacks. I think these are good guys but they took off once the weeds were gone.
White spider with giant egg sack. Spiders are good right?

White spider with giant egg sack. Spiders are good right?

OK, so some things managed to survive: a sunflower, some beets, a few marigold and cornflower, a nasturtium…

First radish of the season!

First radish of the season!

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 :).

First radish of the season

First radish of the season


 

 

 

 

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