We all listen to the news: the polar icecap is melting, the seas are rising, the weather is more unpredictable, droughts are increasing, forest and bush fires are harder to manage. We hear and see that our climate is changing, but what do we do in response to all this news? What should we do?
Come with your plants, stay for the books.
The Green Dreamers will gladly accept donations of plants at the library on Saturday, June 8th. Chat with the volunteers taking care the library gardens and other green spots along Bank Street and learn more about the work of this dedicated crew.
Vitamin V for a healthier life and community
You cannot buy this vitamin at any drug or health food store. The "V" in this supplement refers to volunteering. It is readily available everywhere and the cost is donated time not dollars. Even better, it can improve your health and strengthen communities.
By the time October arrives Green Dreamers will be winding down their fourth gardening season in Old Ottawa South. When you see them on the sidewalks and in the public garden beds between the bridges, they will be (most likely) pulling up the dried remnants of milkweed and sunflowers, cutting back some rather thick and reedy perennial growth, raking dried leaves, filling brown bags, ruminating over what went well and what didn’t, and sharing with each other and passers-by bits of information and suggestions for the next growing season in 2018.
We'll will be gardening this Saturday morning, September 17th, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. We will begin at Glen, move to Sunnyside & Bank, and then head towards the Library. It's time to pull some milkweed/sunflowers and cut back plants that are just plain "spent."
As mentioned in the last Green Dreamers update, we think that our next big push might be preparing the beds for winter: cutting back, cleaning up, raking leaves, and exchanging ideas for 2018. Fall activity still seems weeks away however a lot will depend on the weather. The nights are growing cooler, the leaves are beginning to change in colour, and the last blooms of late summer are fewer. We've also noticed, by the way, that there has been some independent gardening in assigned gardens, from watering to weeding and even more transplanting. Thank you!