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Green Dreamers

News and updates from the Green Dreamers, a team of volunteer gardeners in the neighbourhood. Get in touch with the Green Dreamers team via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Green Dreamers Garden Compost Day: Sat. May 20, 2017

Thank you for such a "healthy" turnout on Saturday, April 29th. We were able to have a very productive "huddle" before fanning out into the neighbourhood to begin our early morning gardening activities at Sunnyside/Bank, Glen/Bank, and Grove/Bank. The cool winds, glorious sunshine, and encouraging salutations from passers-by made for a quick and rewarding cleanup. Tools that proved useful: rakes, pitch forks, trowels, cutters, paper bags, waste bags, and brooms.

At the huddle outside the Firehall, a variety of gardening activities were discussed. (More about the list of activities coming later). Central to May's gardening tasks, however, is composting. We would like to suggest to you that on Saturday, May 20, 2017 we repeat our annual pilgrimage to Ottawa's Trail Road Site to pick up a truckload of compost.

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Plans for May 2017

Here's a summary of the garden tasks we discussed for the Green Dreamers outside the Firehall on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

  • Schedule a meeting with David Chernushenko's office to discuss mulching, tree planting, mechanical assistance at Riverdale/Bank, etc. (done; meeting confirmed for Monday, May 8th)
  • Organize another trip to the City's Field Facility on Moodie Drive to load compost and to spread on OOS garden beds (done; composting date scheduled for Saturday, May 20th)
  • We anticipate that our regular "meets" on Wednesday May 10, Saturday May 13 and Wednesday May 17 will be used to prepare beds for composting, i.e. turning & loosening soil
  • Any independent gardening efforts on other days of the week are always welcome; just This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and let us know what's happening
  • As usual, we're looking for more perennial plants—The western tip of the garden bed outside the Dollar Store seems to have been scooped out by a snow plow; so, more day lilies are welcome
  • Another OOS resident has offered us some very handsome Russian Sage perennials. As soon as weather permits we will move these to the Firehall & to Sunnyside & Bank. So, keep us in mind when you are surveying your own gardens or talking to neighbours
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Gardening Plans: May 6-10, 2017

UPDATEThis Saturday's (May 6th) gardening meet is cancelled. It's just too wet and too soggy! We will meet, weather permitting, Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Aylmer & Bank.

Last Saturday outside the Firehall it was suggested that we clean up the commercial lots on the corner of Aylmer & Bank, across from the library and Southminster Church. I spoke to the owner of the Siam Kitchen and to Boomerang staff. Both expressed delight with our offer to help.

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Tulips Mats Pink

Green Dreamers Start of the Season

Old Ottawa South's Green Dreamers will begin the 2017 gardening season on Earth Day, April 22nd. Update: Postponed due to rain until Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

We will meet at the Firehall from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

As usual we will quickly review what we hope to accomplish Saturday morning and spread out beyond the Firehall should we have enough gardeners to cover more than one site. Our initial focus will likely be an early spring cleanup and perhaps a walkabout to determine the general condition of the beds we worked on last season.

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Planting for 2017

planting bulbs

On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, junior and senior kindergarten students from Hopewell Public School planted daffodil and tulip bulbs in the public garden bed near the children's playground. Among the bulbs planted were Canada's official tulip, Canada 150, in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.

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Update: Planting Bulbs!

canada 150 bulbsHello Green Dreamers. Thank you for your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.s. It would seem from your responses that you are eager to have a pot luck but that the dates might work better if later in the season. Also, judging from the change in temperature, our resources might be best spent planting bulbs and dining later.

We have taken the liberty of ordering 450 "Canada 150" tulip bulbs. We are expecting their arrival some time this week. We have also received donations of 75 Canada 150 bulbs for the library and 225 daffodil bulbs for wherever it pleases us. Of the 500 or so NCC bulbs gathered last spring, we estimate that 235 are likely candidates for planting (the remaining 250 or so are rather small and "iffy"). All in all, we have 985 bulbs to plant!

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