Urban Gardening: Growing plants together

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As above ~ So below.   Strawberries planted under an Elderberry bush in a wood chip mulched bed

All along Roncesvalles Avenue, the garden beds are cleverly integrated with decorative, stylized and sometimes edible flora. There”s no judgement passed.  It’s just one happy display of plants in all different colours, ethnicity, genders, reproductive variations and levels of intelligence.

Unless, of course, a plant’s natural tendency is to invade and harm. You’ll not find faithful RoncyWorks members doting upon such outcasts.

Growing various botanical species together is not new, it’s the basis of permaculture and urban gardening and it was created because space is limited. Companion planting is beneficial because flowers attract pollinators that help food-producing vegetables, fruits and berries to flourish past the flowering stage. 

The Victorians called it cottage gardening, in fact the little white picket fence was actually created to not only fence in cottage gardens from little creatures, but also to serve as a trellis support for vining vegetables like; cucumber, squash, watermelon, beans and peas.

If you don’t have ground space, use containers. Creative metal art, twigs or bamboo poles can serve as a climbing medium for vertical gardening.

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Intending to grow up

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Container Gardening

Herbs are delightful multi use additions to a garden.  They look great, add variety and survive snips and clips as they’re offered up in culinary dishes. Besides, growing your own food is an organic, zero carbon footprint action that is an affordable solution for families. 

Growing things together is an example of the “great big one” that we have all become.

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Rhubarb is delightfully architectural

Chives

Allowing some chives to flower

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2 thoughts on “Urban Gardening: Growing plants together

  1. Hi, I wasn’t able to find an email address so im posting this here. I am a member of the Toronto chapter of landscape Ontario also a local landscape contractor and I think your organisation would be perfect for our bursary program. See below for details. If you are interested please submit a proposal. Perhaps we can organize a community planting day on Roncesvalles and I can have some of our members volunteer and use the bursary to purchase the plant material for the planting day. The bursary can also be used for any other community greening project you may already have on the go. Thanks

    LOTO (Landscape Ontario Toronto) Bursary
    The Toronto Chapter of Landscape Ontario has a long-standing tradition of financially supporting local community projects as a way of giving back to the neighbourhoods our members work and live in. In the past this has taken the form of a single larger contribution to a worthy project; a recent example was the addition of accessibility features to a school playground. This year the Chapter has decided to distribute their contribution through 10 smaller grants of up to $1000 each, in support of comparable initiatives that would be smaller in scale.
    We are looking to support projects that would:
    • Enhance physical, mental and spiritual wellness;
    • Offer environmental benefit, such as pollinator or wildlife gardens;
    • Provide community or educational benefit, such as community gardens.
    • Candidate projects could be actual gardens or organisations that support garden related ventures, such as seed exchanges or urban fruit harvesting.
    • Projects could be located on public or private property, but those located on private property must demonstrate community benefit.

    Please use this link below to submit a candidate project for consideration.

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfuFCY9S0N_RP1SK_hk2f84Vk4gTtWXd7lIEkH7zZQN8UFloA/viewform

    • Applications should be received by March 30, 2017.
    • Additional information, pictures, etc, can be forwarded to myscha@landscapeontario.com
    • Funding requests will be reviewed and selected by April 15, 2017

    • Hi Joe,

      Thanks so much for letting us know. The only way of getting in touch with us via our WordPress site is through the Get Involved page which has an email form. Thanks for persisting in finding a workaround.

      Regards,

      – Veronica Feihl
      RoncyWorks Volunteer Coordinator

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