Welcome to the inaugural issue of Soiled and Seeded, an online zine that expands and excites conventional thinking around gardens. We go well beyond the instructional manual and dig deep to offer a refreshing and engaging take on garden culture.

A lot of ground is covered here, all in the attempt to explore the varied and impassioned collaboration human beings have with the natural world. Plants, and our own varied experience with their absurd abundance always provides for a vivid narrative.

Soiled and Seeded hopes to offer a vibrant venue in which to cultivate and explore garden culture.




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City Gardeners

Before we entirely withdraw indoors for the season and commit ourselves to books and catalogues, we are reflecting on the summer. Its gardens and gardeners. During our self-guided tours of Toronto neighborhoods we stopped often and lingered in front of yards, concrete lots and gravel parks to admire the work of city gardeners.

Here is a collection of photos from three gardens. A front yard dedicated exclusively to snapdragons, grown each year for the riot of summer colour. A Chinese community garden nestled between a car park and railway track, yielding vegetables until the first hard frost. And a tiny patch at the end of long gravel strip, wildly extending its border with each additional year.

Besides learning the names of Chinese vegetables and honing our pruning skills, we came away with a fresh appreciation for the dedicated, practised and resilient city gardener.

Baba Link Farm: Exploring the Heart and Art of Agriculture

Scripts in Bloom, Uncovering Gardens of the Past

A Summer of Sustenance and Sustainability

Walnuts in Schmöckwitz

Not Far From The Tree: A Conversation with Laura Reinsborough

Branching Out: Ailanthus altissima

Portrait of a Gardener: For the Love of Birds

For the Guerilla Gardener: Seedbomb Dispensers

Funky Forest - An Engaging and Immersive Ecosystem

The Crack Garden - Cultivating Concrete

FloriCulture: Past and Present

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