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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..

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

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:

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 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 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, 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!

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 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

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


July 15, 2008

1) E-MAIL LIST- If you would like to have your name removed from the greenhouse e-mail list, please let me know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
2) NEW PURCHASES-We will buy rubber gloves, anti-bacterial soap, & some fertilizer for the greenhouse. We will ask the construction crews at the tennis courts if they can space two buckets full of gravel for the fence posts at the greenhouse. Anna will bring in more Sharpies. All purchases will be reimbursed at the September meeting so please save your receipts.
3) GARDENING- We have an APHID PROBLEM. If you see an aphid on any plant, please use Safe Soap mixture in spray bottle and spray the plant. Scan all the other plants to see if aphids are present. Spray any plant with bugs. In addition, please continue with fence construction, watering, cleaning dirty pots and picking off old blossoms of petunias and marigolds. Lastly, we might try starting leafy greens in cedar boxes. The trouble is that aphids like leafy greens. Sprouts with peat moss are another option.
4) HIGH PARK GREENHOUSE REQUEST-Anna will contact High Park greenhouses to see if they want to start some fall plants for us. Kathy will pick up the seedlings and return the pots by car.
5) SEPTEMBER CLEANING PARTY- Let’s tentatively schedule a September 20th 4-6 PM Cleaning Party at the greenhouse. We can remove everything inside and scrub the place down to remove any mould that might have accumulated over the summer months. Non-toxic mould remover from a boating supply shop may be used.
6) GREENHOUSE SIGN-Jessica and Michelle have offered to paint a community sign for the greenhouse. Text will be sent out to the group for approval.
7) NO STONE PATH-Since the new road will deflect water from the turf around the greenhouse, it was decided to keep the soft, mulch paths rather than pursue design and construction of a stone path.
8) GREENHOUSE BLOG-Anna will make a clearer link to the greenhouse blog on the Friends of Trinity Bellwoods website.
9) PATRICIA AND MICHAELLE ARE WEEDING IN THE PARK ON SUNDAY MORNINGS.TO JOIN THEM, E-MAIL 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.


I'm planning a workshop/plant-along this Saturday, March 28 at 1:30 pm in the greenhouse with my community group. We'll need some time to discuss what we're going to grow etc between us but anyone is welcome to come out and start seeds along with us. I'll be going through the basics of seed starting and long term seedling care. I'll also bring along a chart I've drawn up for this year listing what needs to be started when, and walk you through any plants that can be direct seeded outdoors to save shelf space.

I've got a small box of seeds that I am happy to share. I've got a pretty wide variety of seeds; however, we are specifically missing broccoli, cauliflower, and other brassicas so if you have extras to share we would be VERY appreciative.

See you there!


You Grow Girl
Gardening for the People
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Please join us for a Green House Seedling Workshop!

WHEN: Sunday, March 6th, 10:30-noon
WHERE: Trinity Bellwoods Greenhouse
WHAT: Seed sowing in a green house - soils, sowing, watering, seedling care, transplanting, hardening off, seed starting calendar etc.
COST: It's free, though we gratefully accept donations for the Trinity Bellwoods Greenhouse
WHO: Workshop leaders are Maria Kasstan and Hala Chaoui. Anyone is invited to participate but you need to sign up as space is limited.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday, March 6th!

Anna Hill
Volunteer Coordinator
Trinity Bellwoods Greenhouse
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