Saturday, September 29, 2012

Spread the News! Spread the Mulch!

Compost Mulch Work Party!

October 12
October 13
October 14

Bring your shovels!
Bring your wheelbarrows!
Bring your muscles!

We will be having a wheely good time helping the gardens.

What is compost mulch?
Compost mulch is the broken down organic matter from your yard waste bins 
that the City of Vancouver has turned into nourishment for your garden.

This will help provide shade for roots, amend the soil so that more microorganisms can find a home there, which in turn will make more nutrients available to plants.  It also makes the soil have good texture and water retention.  Adding compost mulch to the 10 City of Vancouver Green Street Boulevards will help during dry summers as the soil is quite sandy.

In the back area, the naturalized playspace sits on hardpan - if you have ever tried to put a shovel in the back field, it is super super hard.  By adding a layer (it should be done every few years and we did it in Spring 2010) it will help keep the soil healthy for the plants.

IF you dig it, email and we'll let you know what time of day most people are going to meet - it's much more fun working as a group.

Thanks to Julia Stewart and Dawn Dunkerley who will be our representatives at the annual Green Streets Celebration on October 14th at VanDusen Botanical Garden.  Plant swap, prizes, its a city wide celebration of over 500 gardens that we are a part of.  There is a book in our library celebrating this gardening initiative that has been studied as an international success story!  You go girls :-)