Some recent photos from the Green Dreamers. If you see them around, say Hi!
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 met at the Library Saturday morning June 23rd, 2018 8:30-10:30 a.m.
On Wednesday a patch of the long garden near Bank was cleared of sow thistle and a variety of native plants planted (Arrow-leaved Asters, Beebalm, Joe-Pye Weeds, Nodding Onions, Upland White Goldenrods, and Pearly Everlasting).
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.
Green Dreamers: The City will not be delivering mulch this week. Instead, we will be planting.
We have received a significant donation of native plants from the Fletcher Wildlife Garden at the Central Experimental Farm! The list includes over 40 different plants including 6 varieties of aster, beebalm, Joe-Pye weed, hyssop, nodding onion, prairie smoke, turtlehead, yarrow, and more. All these are available now and they are in need of planting.
Walk through the Hospice Gardens at the May Court at Saturday, June 16th at 10 a.m.
Catherine Shaw from the Hospice Gardens at May Court has kindly offered to give us a tour this coming Saturday, June 16th at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
This Wednesday, June 13th, Brian and I will be spreading the remaining bags of manure (5-10 bags) and planting a peony bush at Glen where we lost an hydrangea bush this last winter. If you would like any of the remaining bags of manure, please let me know tomorrow morning or by email.
Brewer Park Community Garden will be hosting a seedling sale on the May long weekend! Please stop by the garden (located in Brewer Park across from the arena) to buy some seedlings and say hello! We will have tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, peppers (hot and sweet), leeks, and basil for sale at very reasonable prices. All proceeds will go towards the maintenance of our amazing biodome structure, which allows us to extend the growing season into the spring and fall.
Green Dreamers were invited to the Ottawa Public Library at Sunnyside to help celebrate National Volunteer Week (April 15-21, 2018).
"We (the Ottawa Public Library) appreciate the effort and time you dedicate to the gardens at Sunnyside and would love to take this opportunity to formally thank you," wrote Kelly Sirett in an invitation to Christine & Mike Bradley, Green Dreamer Captains of the garden beds at the Sunnyside Branch.
It started as a crappy morning. Rain (possible thundershowers) and 7° C; what to do? What to do? Well, it seemed that Brian had picked up the coffee & Timbits, so there was no turning back. After a rather soggy start, we had 25+ brave souls turn up to what turned out to be a fantastic social gaggle and park cleanup.