Garden in the City
It’s not too late to plant veggies in your garden this season. Thanks to Sonia Day’s gardening book Incredible Edibles 43 Things to Grow in the City. You’ll find recipes using these veggies too!
Make sure carrots get plenty of sun and are planted in very deep containers without stones. You can get started after frost when the soil is still warm. All you need are the seeds with a bit of soil sprinkled over top.
The most important things to remember while planting:
– Soil needs to be loose
– No stones in the soil
– Stubbies are the most practical for home gardeners
Cucumbers also need plenty of sun all day long; they can be planted from the seed in the ground or in containers.
The most important things to remember are:
– Wait until the soil gets really warm
– As cucumbers mature quickly, sow seed 1in./ 2.5 cm deep
– Provide support (tree braches, obelisks)
– Cucumbers do not keep well, use them quickly
Pole and Runner Beans
These beans are easy to plant after the soil has warmed up in the ground or in a container. They need sun all day and need to be watered regularly.
The most important things to remember:
– Plant six seeds, thin to two or three, spaced at least 4 in./ 10 cm apart, 1 in./ 2.5 cm deep
– Start with seeds only as plants may not keep
– Pole beans must be kept in warm soil
– Make sure there is good drainage
POLE BEAN TREAT
Tuscan bean soup
About 1 ½ cups of white kidney beans or navy beans
1 tbsp. /15 mL each butter and olive
2 cloves crushed garlic
2 stalks celery, chopped
A big scoop of pesto sauce (or 2 tsp. /10 mL dried basil)
1 lb (about 3 cups) runner beans (fresh), cut in 1 in, /2.5 cm lengths
1 large onion, chopped
3-4 tbsps. (45-60 mL) lemon juice (according to taste)
About 5-6 cups (1.25-1.5 L) water
Salt and Pepper