Hi! My name is Zack and I am coordinating the greenhouse on behalf of the Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park.
There will be a spring cleaning of the Greenhouse next Saturday March 19 2016 from 10:00-2:00pm so that we can all get ready for seedlings, which some of us have already begun!
If anyone has plants in the greenhouse, please try to be there for the cleanup. If you cannot be there for the cleanup, please clearly label your
plants so we can get rid of abandoned pots, clean the floor and put your plants on your shelves.
During the Greenhouse Cleanup we will be focusing on:
-Emptying any pots that have soil, but no plants in them.
-Getting all plants on shelves.
-Diseased plants. This is a big one. We understand that some plants are trying to be healed of their infestations, but it is not fair to all the
other growers who are starting delicate baby seedlings to have sick plants in the greenhouse. Please take home sick plants or let's compost them and start some new seeds!
-Mice. There is a mouse (mice?) living in the greenhouse, it has been digging up seedlings and pooping everywhere! We are going to try to block mice entrances and clean the floor, shelves and all other surfaces. Please remove any plants or pots from the floor. The greenhouse is a small space and taking up floor space with plants makes it difficult to maneuver and also divide fairly and equally space between users.
There is a lot of interest in the Greenhouse this year, we are trying to compile a comprehensive list of users, figure out who has keys and how
best to divide the space. It is likely that users will be limited to one or two shelves each, which is approximately 3-6 seedling trays. We are
working on a plan to get more shelving and if you have any ideas, please let us know!
Lastly, there will be an upcoming meeting for all the Members of the Greenhouse on Wednesday March 30 6:00-8:00pm and we will send out another reminder email with an agenda closer to the date. Please respond with any items to add to the agenda, as this is our first Greenhouse meeting of the year, we want to start it off with all members input!
Have a warm weekend and happy planting. There's some greenhouse history under the 'greenhouse' tab. Hopefull will get some latest news up there during the season.
Zack and Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park
Last friday, one of Friends of Trinity Bellwoods dedicated tree adopters was surprised with a marriage proposal from her boyfriend in the Greenhouse! She said yes. Best wishes, Lindsay and Freddy!
PS - If you're curious about the adopt a tree program, check out menu tab above: "Adopt-a-Tree". We need more volunteers! Wedding proposals not included.
This past Sunday, June 15th, the Greenhouse was tidied up as the2014 seedling program winds down. Some of you asked about keeping your seedlings a bit longer, and that is fine--but you will need to make sure they are watered. Plants that are considered orphaned, we will look to put around in the greenhouse gardens.
If you have taken your tray/s home, please do return them to the greenhouse. And if the cells are in good shape, please bring those back as well. We will wash them for next year.
Are you interested in starting your summer plants in the greenhouse this year?
Dreaming of your summer garden? The greenhouse is set up for seedlings! There are trays and soil and pots, ready when you are. If possible we ask for a $30 donation towards supplies and upkeep.
Are you interested in volunteering to water community seedlings? If you would like to be involved, but not sprout any seeds, we are looking for volunteers for the watering schedule.
The park's community Greenhouse is run by its volunteer users. Sign up and get a shelf to grow your seedlings and share the work of watering and maintaining the soil mix. Your fellow volunteers can help you learn the basics of greenhouse use, seedling care and watering.
Main seedling season started March 15th.
If you want to get involved please contact the Green House Coordinator, Elizabeth. Happy planting!