With my last "call-up" I promised an update of what's been happening behind the scenes during this hot & very humid weather. Green Dreamers rarely garden when the temperature is 30 or above but we do try to catch-up on a variety of tasks and activities that support our gardening between the bridges. These include:
Green Dreamers launched their fifth Season May 26th, 2018 at the Firehall. This year, instead of hauling compost from the City’s Field facility near Moodie Drive, we bought sheep manure and brown bags from our local Scout troop and associated Beavers, Cubs, and Venturers. We’re always trying to find new ways to make the work a little lighter, a little easier, so instead of wheelbarrows we moved sacks of manure from the front porch of the Firehall (where the Scouts dropped them off) to our vehicles and drove them to the garden beds.
By now you have likely seen the Green Dreamers along Bank Street, cleaning up, removing old growth & winterkill, weeding, turning soil, and yes once again replanting. We’re a determined bunch of gardeners! You may have also noticed that not all the gardens are getting the same amount of attention. As a way to conserve our energies, maintain our commitment and have more fun the Green Dreamers are focussing on gardens that have been adopted. By adopted, we mean the gardens that have designated overseers, or captains. Adopted gardens include the Library, Sunnyside/Bank (3 lots in all), the Firehall, Glen, Grove, Ossington, and Cameron.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Ottawa Antique Market at 1179 Bank Street. With over 10,000 square feet of space, the Ottawa Antique Market's 26 vendors offer a wide variety of collectibles, vintage items, as well as rare and valuable antiques. The upcoming Business Beat article in the July/August 2018 OSCAR will include a more in depth feature on the market.
As a follow-up to May's meeting, here's a list of volunteers who adopted: (1) specific garden beds between the bridges along Bank Street and (2) the rain gardens on Sunnyside Avenue.
Since May 4th proved to be too wet to work outside, the Green Dreamers (GDs) decided to meet inside to discuss this year's gardening activities and strategies. Listed below are some of the topics discussed, followed by progress on some of the same topics since then.
Topics Discussed on May 4, 2018
- Launch Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Firehall 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Yes, we’re back! So, if you see us in the neighbourhood wave, stop for a chat, share some of your gardening insights and suggestions. We are always delighted to see and hear from you. It’s why we garden in Old Ottawa South's public spaces; aside, that is, from the intrinsic rewards of gardening itself.
Spring 2018 begins our fifth season tending public beds along Bank Street and Sunnyside Avenue. And with the passing of winter we are preparing to rethink and “rejig” how we work as volunteer gardeners. So, if you have an opinion or some ideas about how we might do things differently, we’d like to hear from you.
Although last month I hinted that the April Business Beat would be dedicated to the exciting new development at the OTLBC restaurant, those interested will have to wait one more month to get all the details. In communicating with the tennis club and the people behind the restaurant it became clear that it makes more sense to do a write-up for May so that I can include details like decor, menus, etc. Work is already underway and the goal is for the restaurant to open in early to mid May. So stay tuned.
Instead, this month’s Business Beat features a number of different updates.
Ottawa winter’s can be much too long and this one is no exception, so Helene Lacelle and Peter Evanchuck made images from summer’s languid, colourful days as a reminded to all that this beauty will return sooner than later – “Spring has Sprung.”
The Sunnyside branch of the Ottawa Public Library is one of the gems of our Old Ottawa South neighbourhood. Much loved and very well used by young and old, it has been in existence almost as long as the entire Ottawa library system itself, but of course it looked very different in the beginning.