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 Winter 2013 - Sunday mornings at 11 am have seen a revolution in the greenhouse in Trinity Bellwoods Park.  An informal series of talks/discussions called "Don't Ask an Expert". 

As well, a sandwich board sign is set out periodically in the park when the greenhouse is open and people are welcome to come in and pretend it's Spring!

LAST DAYS COMING:

Sunday, February 10 at 11am-ish "Don't Ask An Expert" talk is "How Not To Plan A Bike Vacation" by visual artist Jungle Ling.  Jungle has done bike trips through from Alaska to Yukon, he has biked from Ontario to Newfoundland and biked in every region of the country but Nunavit.  Come and learn about how you too can bike anywhere you want.  Pass this on!

Wood oven will be fired up againFeb 10 AND for the last two weekends of February: SATURDAY as well as SUNDAY noon on. Those will be our last days of deliciousness, discussion and delirium so please come!

Thanks to Gene Threndyle for putting this all together and hosting it and building the beautifu planter shelves and all.  Right on.

Gene's also created a Facebook page.

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Dont Ask Bike Vacation

 This Sunday Morning's (February 10)  talk is "How Not To Plan A Bike Vacation" by visual artist Jungle Ling.  Jungle has done bike trips through from Alaska to Yukon, he has biked from Ontario to Newfoundland and biked in every region of the country but Nunavit.  Come and learn about how you too can bike anywhere you want at this talk in the community greenhouse in Trinity Bellwoods Park around 11am.  Feel free to pass this on.

This is part of the ongoing winter series of Sunday morning talks/discussion in the Greenhouse called "Don't Ask An Expert" hosted by Gene Threndyle.  See also their Facebook page for weekly postings.

All welcome!

Minutes of Trinity Bellwoods Greenhouse Annual General Meeting

(26 February 2012)

 

PRESENT:  Anna Hill, Gary Hanrahan, Barbara Rother,  Kristen Sharpe, Gene Threndyle, Robert Prichard, Helene, Maya Suess, Maria, Michelle, Cassandra

Introductions were made to Members of the 2012 Advisory Committee

Anna Hill (Volunteer Coordinator)

Gary Hanrahan (Treasurer)

Joseph Clement (Greenhouse Gardener)

Barbara Rother (Greenhouse Mentor)

If anyone would like to participate on the advisory committee and is not currently doing so, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2010 Treasury Report

Gary Hanrahan, the greenhouse treasurer, reported that there is just over id="mce_marker",200 in the greenhouse bank account.  Gary estimates that we will spend $600 on soils, containers and other supplies to run the greenhouse this spring.  Other expenditures could include work on the ventilation system.

Winter Report

Gene and Melissa wintered a wide variety of plants in the greenhouse this winter.  Nonetheless, there were multiple break-ins.  We are working with the Councillor’s office to try to get the best advice about how to discourage break-ins from homeless people looking for a warm place to sleep.  The east door is severely damaged from the break-ins so I am in contact with Park Supervisor Brian Green about how to repair the east door.  Hopefully, this repair will be completed in the next several weeks, prior to the start of our Spring Watering program. In the past, we have not had a problem with break-ins in spring, when there are lots of people in and out of the space.

Keys

New keys will be available for pick-up at 182 Crawford Street in the silver mailbox on the front porch by Friday, March 2nd.  If you can afford to make a donation of $30, please leave a check in my mailbox, payable to the Trinity Bellwoods Greenhouse (see below for details).

Donations

For the recommended donation of $30, payable to the Trinity Bellwoods Greenhouse, tax deductible receipts are available from Gary Hanrahan, our Treasurer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If $30 is not affordable for you, no problem, please participate anyways! The money we collect will be used to pay for soils, containers, tools and construction costs.

Committees – Please volunteer by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Construction & Repairs  - Gary and Bob offered to head up construction and repairs.  They welcome assistance from anyone else in the group! There will be a grease pencil board in the greenhouse listing small repair jobs that are on-going.  Please help out with these whenever you can! Immediate tasks include new plastic for the table, new door, new log book, grease pencil board and research into better vents.

Soils – Gene offered to supply the greenhouse with soil for spring use.  Kristen offered to help.

Spring Clean-up – Anna, Barbara, Helen Gene and Michelle all offered to help clean the greenhouse for spring users. There will be a first group clean-up on Sunday, March 4th, starting at 9:30 AM.  All are welcome!  If you can’t make it, please feel free to help clean up in the greenhouse whenever you can.

– Joe Clement, the new Greenhouse Gardener, will be looking for people to help him in the greenhouse garden this spring and summer.  Please contact Joe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Spring Watering Group – WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS! In total, we want 14 people to sign up to water the seedlings once a week in spring so that the seedlings are checked twice a day.  Anyone can volunteer to do this job as we teach you how to do it.  If you are available for the schedule, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please specify if you are available AM or PM and your preferred day.

1) Bob – Monday AM

2) Barbara – Wed. AM (not available in May)

3) Scott/Kristen – Friday PM

4) Gary – Sat. AM

5) CARE – Weekday PM

6) Helen

7) Maya

8) Anna

9) Ashley - Friday PM

Red/Green Watering System

This year, we will use a Red/Green tape identification system so it is easy for the Watering Committee to know which trays to water.

GREEN – for trays of plants that require checking and possibly watering.

RED - for trays that don’t require watering because they are being cared for by individuals

Volunteer Responsibilities

We really need your help to keep the greenhouse running smoothly!  REMEMBER THIS IS AN ALL VOLUNTEER GROUP so if we don’t care for the greenhouse, no one will!  Most importantly, PLEASE CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF!!!

Also, everyone should sign into the log book upon your arrival to record your activities, as well as any observations with temperature, pests, health of the plants, and soil supplies. If there are tasks listed on the grease pencil board and you have time, please help out!  ALSO, WE NEED EVERYONE TO CLEAN THEIR SEEDLING TRAYS AND CONTAINERS ONCE YOU FINISH WITH THEM.

REMEMBER NO FOOD OR TRASH IN THE GREENHOUSE as we have had problems with mice. There is a park trash can directly outside of the greenhouse.  Volunteers are to sweep up, wipe down the tables and lock the door when you leave.

Mentoring

If anyone has not used the green house before and needs a mentor, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Shelves

Once you have your key, please feel free to claim a shelf for 2012! Plants being over-wintered in the greenhouse will be removed as required to accommodate everyone who wants a shelf.

Next Meeting
Our next Greenhouse Group meeting will be Tuesday, March 18th from 7:30-8:30 PM at the Trinity Recreation Centre. Thanks to all who gave input on our application to the city for permission to run the greenhouse as a community. .

Greenhouse Manager
Martin Rudd has volunteered to be our greenhouse manager. Thanks Martin! Martin can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Opening
I think we can safely say that the greenhouse will be open by Thursday, March 20th, the first day of spring. Green Force TV is still working on a final hook-up of the electrical system to the solar panels on the roof of the Rec. Centre.

Hours of Operation
We plan to have the greenhouse open daily from 4-5 PM. If you would like to volunteer an hour or two in the greenhouse per month, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The more people who volunteer, the more we can increase the hours of operation.

Equipment List
We need some equipment in the greenhouse. If you have extras of any of the following and would like to make a donation, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Utility Shelf
Compost Bins
Compost Bucket
Watering Cans
Chalk Board or Grease Pencil Board for Messages
Clip Board with Contact Information
Hydrating mats
Sturdy (lockable) storage bin for gardening equipment
Watering wand for use with hose
Hand tools

Plants
We hope to have three tables in the greenhouse, each with a different kind of plant, namely, 1) natives, 2) vegetables and herbs and 3) annuals. The natives will be replanted on the slopes of the bowl and around the greenhouse, the annuals will be replanted in the park flower beds and the the vegetables and herbs will be given away to volunteers on Park Days. We will receive annuals and natives from High Park Greenhouses in mid-April. We have yet to meet with Solomon Boye of Toronto Community Gardens, but we hope to receive vegetables and herbs from him. Monique, Karin and Barbara are coordinating vegetables and herbs, Kathy is coordinating annuals and Anna and Martin are coordinating natives.

Table Construction
Currently, we have two tables in the greenhouse and materials for a third. Hopefully, a few volunteers can work with Shawn to build the third table. We can discuss this at the March 18th meeting or e-mail me beforehand if you have time to work on it prior to our next meeting.

Perimeter Garden Design with a Focus on Native Plants
To help deter graffiti and to cloak the greenhouse in plants, we hope to plant a perimeter garden around the greenhouse. Below is a description of the proposed design:

3'-0" WIDE ZONE AROUND GREENHOUSE PERIMETER
Surrounding the greenhouse perimeter, we propose a 3'-0" wide zone consisting of annuals, perennials and grasses as their roots are unlikely to damage the foundation. Included in this 3'-0" wide zone could be castor bean, cleome, and sunflowers in an effort to deter graffiti. Other species might include smooth aster, skyblue aster, new england aster, indian grass, milkweed, monarda fistulosa, geom triflorum, potentilla fruiticosa and prairie dropseed.

NORTH OF THE CONCRETE BLOCK RETAINING WALL
North of the concrete block retaining wall and within a zone that measures from 3'-0" to 6'-0" of the greenhouse perimeter, we propose larger shrubs as the roots will be too far away from the foundation to damage it. These shrubs might include wild red raspberry, flowering raspberry, red osier, service berries, beaked hazel and wild black current. The raspberries, in particular, are meant to deter graffiti.

ALONG THE TRELLIS
Along the trellis to the south, we propose climbing bittersweet vine and climbing nasturium.

Park Day Activities
We have a tentative date for Spring Park Day of Sunday, May 4th. If anyone has any suggestions for Park Day activities, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gardening Around Town
Come to Seedy Saturday, 10 AM-3PM, Saturday, March 15th at the Scadding Court Community Centre at Bathurst and Dundas.

Thanks for your interest in the Trinity Bellwoods Greenhouse!

Anna Hill
Green Space Committee
Friends of Trinity Bellwoods

Following are notes from our April 8th meeting in which we established some Greenhouse Guidelines. If you have ideas about how to improve the greenhouse, please come to our next meeting which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 6th from 7:30-8:30 PM.

Also, we have a new greenhouse blog, http://trinitybellwoodsgreenhouse.wordpress.com. In the future, we will try to hold all meetings on the first Tuesday of each month from 7:30-8:30 PM at the Trinity Rec. Centre. Meeting notes and agendas will be posted on the blog.

Lastly, May 4th if Park Day from 10-1 PM. Meet at the greenhouse and bring any spare gardening tools you may have.

Many thanks for your support!

GREENHOUSE GUIDELINES
MEETING NOTES
APRIL 8, 2008

1) INDIVIDUAL VS. COMMUNITY PROPERTY Anything left in the greenhouse will be considered "community property". Please feel free to bring your own tools and/or soil. When finished, please remove anything from the greenhouse that you do not want to share with others. Thanks!

2) PURCHASING FOR THE GREENHOUSE Please post anything that needs to be purchased for the greenhouse under "Stuff We Need" on the blog at http://trinitybellwoodsgreenhouse.wordpress.com We will choose a different shopper at the monthly meeting and try to do a big shopping trip once a month. Remember, our absolute maximum for the year, including all plant purchases and equipment is $2000 so try to make smart requests! Assuming that delivery charges are around $10, let's see if we can have heavy stuff delivered to the greenhouse so that no-one has to drive a car.

3) ACCOMMODATING COMMUNITY GROUPS There are currently two community groups working in the greenhouse, CARE and the "bee people" who are associated with Artscape. Other community groups are welcome to make proposals at our monthly meetings. Just post a request to be included in the meeting agenda under the "agenda" section on the blog at http://trinitybellwoodsgreenhouse.wordpress.com.

4) TRAYS FOR INDIVIDUALS Volunteers are encouraged to grow seedlings in the greenhouse, we just ask that the majority of the seedlings are for the community. Space is at a premium so please use common sense. At the next meeting, we will consider ideas about how to make the most out of our small space. Perhaps we could have more racks for seedlings. Although the big tables were free, they are impossible to move out the door for cleaning and they are perhaps less spatially efficient than racks on rollers.

5) ACCOMMODATING REQUESTS FOR EVENTS Anyone is welcome to propose a greenhouse event at the monthly meeting, however, the event sponsor will be responsible for publicity, set-up and tear down, and permitting for the event. A neighborhood artist, Jessica Lovegrove, has been given permission to pursue all necessary permits to do an art project at the greenhouse for Nuit Blanche.

6) EXPANDED HOURS DUE TO INCREASED PEOPLE POWER For now, let's try to maintain the consistent 4-5 PM time slot when we are open daily. To avoid confusion, let's try to water the plants from 4-5 PM so that we do not accidentally over-water. Per the meeting request, there is now one rather than four clipboards for notes in the greenhouse. If you want to work in the greenhouse but you cannot manage a 4-5 PM time slot, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will find an alternate time for you. For orientation, new volunteers should stop by from 4-5 PM on a weekend or week day and speak to the responsible volunteer. Also, volunteer responsibilities are listed on the blog at http://trinitybellwoodsgreenhouse.wordpress.com/schedule/.

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