Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Snowberry on Ontario @ 26th

Not for humans to eat, these white berries are one of the few bright spots of winter interests in our gardens at this time of year.  You can see this indigenous plant growing under forest canopies near Squamish and in many places other than General Wolfe Elementary.  Ours are located in our Bee & Butterfly friendly garden - so I guess it could be a Bird Friendly garden too, as some ground birds will feed on them (however, I have yet to see a quail, pheasant or grouse in our urban habitat :-)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Winter Planning

We are working on a plan for the back garden by the annex and tennis court areas.  This would be better for growing food crops and improve the existing naturalized play spaces.  Anyone is welcome to help with the design and comments are welcome.

We are also hoping to join the Master Gardener Community Project list so we can have some hands-on experts for our spring seedling plantings, helping in classrooms and of course, helping our Green Streets garden and Green Team.

There are inspirational books in our library - the Edible Schoolyard and Ashphalt to Ecosystems.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Frozen Ground!

Well, finally the sun came out, but the free soil sits, too cold to dig!

Winter is a quiet time for gardens, but soon the new green shoots will start to poke up.

Last fall the Kindergarteners all planted a bulb, so we look forward to their sleeping plants waking up.

Bugs also sleep in the leaves, stems and trunks, and when the weather warms, they will emerge.