Tuesday, March 31, 2009

April 4 Workbee -- Water for Otters

The calendar says it is spring... so it must be spring, right? And that means summer is on the way... and that means it's time to get irrigation for the Commons summer gardens organized.

On Saturday, April 4, beginning at 10:00 a.m., we will be joining together in a workbee to install irrigation throughout the Otter Allotments -- the gardens in the south part of the Commons. We will be glueing PVC pipes with elbows and T-fittings, and placing them in shallow hand-dug ditches. (We'll be digging the ditches, too.) Standpipes with taps will complete the installation within the garden. We'll begin work at 10, and the bee will officially end at 2.

In between, we'll enjoy the garden-to-be and each others' company, talk about garden plans and get that irrigation happening. We'll stop for soup, too, sometime around noon. Come for all or part of the time -- you'll be welcome and there will be plenty to do.

There will be a sign in the parking lot on North Road directing you to the work area. (I'll be there to give you directions, too, if you arrive between 9:45 and 10:15 or so.) The south part of the Commons is likely to be wet -- gumboots are recommended!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

March 21 -- Celebrate and Landscape at the Commons

This coming Saturday, March 21, there will be an open house and celebration of spring at the Commons. The walkabouts, tours and other events begin at 1:00 p.m.

Before that -- you guessed it! -- we are having a work bee. We're continuing with the work of vole-fencing the gardens. We were fortunate to have the use of a mini-excavator, thanks to Gary Oak Tool Rentals, a couple of weeks back. Much trenching was done around the Plotters area and the orchard. Some recycled metal roofing was inserted around the Plotters garden. We've also got quite a bit of metal mesh -- apparently just the thing to send Voles back to their natural diet of grasses and such! So this weekend, work will continue around the fences, adding the mesh and backfilling.

The time -- 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., giving everyone time to be ready to come back to the Commons in the afternoon (clean!) if they wish.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Workbees at The Commons

Spring is right around the corner now and The Commons is becoming a beehive of activity on Saturdays with crews of volunteers getting the place in shape for the coming growing season. The photo above is a raptor perch installed by the kitchen garden to attract eagles, hawks and owls to help control the vole explosion. Check here often for updates on what we're doing and how and when you can get involved.