Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Gardener's Friend


Soaking up a little September sunshine in the Plotters gardens

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Donor Wall








Pollen Heath and his team of volunteers are almost finished building the Donor Wall to honour all who have contributed to The Commons. The cob building technique is durable and inexpensive but very labour-intensive as you can see. Thanks to everyone who participated in this project.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Pond Levels


On 21 July, a depth gauge was installed in the pond to monitor rainfall and water levels. Here are the figures through 18 August

21 July > 6'8"
04 August > 6'2"
10 August > 6'0"
18 August > 5'10"

Levels are obviously falling but not dramatically and we have had rain recently so things are looking good in the water department. Thanks to Ken Capon for engineering skills and measurements.

Dragon Garden Update


Thanks to all the volunteers who have worked so hard to make the Dragon Garden happen. The raised beds are in place and planted and our seniors are enjoying them on a daily basis. Pictured here is local artist Rick Cranston who created this beautiful arbor out of driftwood from Gabriola beaches. Assembled with only 25 screws, it makes a nice entrance to the Dragon Garden from the allotment plots and PHC gardens.

The Plotters Rock!




More photos from the allotment plots

Heide's Carrots


The allotment gardens are really producing!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Water In The South Field!


A little piece of Commons history was made today: There is now running water in the south field, home of the Potatoheads and the Squash Co-op. A team of volunteers headed by Chief Engineer Ken Capon along with First Flunky Duncan Fraser and Second Assistant Flunky Victor Anthony (a/k/a Ken's Minions) ran 400 feet of flexible pipe from the beaver pond pump to the field, installed the necessary plumbing gizmos and with considerable glee and giddy merriment turned on the tap for the first time. All deer fled the area when they saw the three humans dancing around like madmen. Seriously, with running water the south field is now truly viable for agriculture and that's a big step forward for The Commons.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Welcome To The Commons


Welcome to the Gabriola Commons where it's all about Community!