our LEGS sign in the Pollinator Path Garden

Updates:

JANUARY 2024

OCTOBER 2023

SEPTEMBER 2023

JUNE 2023

MAY 2023

APRIL 2023

Some mulch, time, and many meetings later (plus 100s of volunteer hours) and now we have the vibrant, blooming Pollinator Path!

Thank you to the Daily Bread Food Bank – for letting us steward this green space!

JANUARY 2024 NEWS

You might think we are hiding away and keeping warm until spring – but so much is going on in our garden AND behind the scenes! Insects and bird and animals are using our garden to hibernate or feed on last year’s seeds. And we are busy working on the signs for the Pollinator Path. Here’s a first look at our logo!

The Pollinator Path Sign at Daily Bread Food Bank

OCTOBER 2023 NEWS

The delayed summer has delayed the onset of cold weather. We have been rewarded with ongoing feedings on our blooming flowers all through the gardens. The Tithonia plantings are an ongoing buffet of goodness for our migrating monarchs, in the last of the warm sunny days. Learn more about Tithonia (Mexican sunflowers, Tithonia rotundifolia) here.

SEPTEMBER 2023 NEWS

The fall paths are cleared for exploring; the overgrown summer perennials are pruned to showcase the fall flowers; and, Monika and Julie were recognized as Pollinator Stewards by the Pollinator Stewardship Certification Program.

If you or your local community group would like to join the international world of pollinator stewards, contact the Pollinator Partnership  and Pollinator Partnership Canada programs. Their online, interactive programs support learning from anywhere and it means the world to your garden pollinators.

JUNE 2023 NEWS

We’re starting a tree nursery. If you have a baby tree or a small shrub to donate, let us know. Email us at legsetobicoke@gmail.com

Spicebush!

MAY 2023 NEWS

We’ve been super busy this month, cleaning up the garden, and getting ready for a soil delivery to really help our pollinator habitat grow!

At the end of April, we did a preliminary clean up to prune some of the damaged branches on our fruit trees and smaller shrubs, clear the space of garbage, and make sure the pollinators still had ground cover and some stalk cover to stay safe and warm until the temperature rose.

Worker bees in our JULIE in our Pollinator Path Garden, clearning spring debris and setting the paths
Spring Clean up in the Pollinator Path Garden! You know you want to join us – sign up here

Spring Clean up means saving the pollinator garden debris

Last week, Monika added some fruit and veg to the the southern edge of the garden. We love mixing flowers and produce – and the pollinators love it too! What did she plant?

  • Echinacea
  • Strawberries
  • Kale
  • Basil
  • Tomatoes
  • Marigolds
  • Zucchini

Over the long weekend, Dorota and Julie weeded the space, in anticipation of the soil delivery later this week. They pruned a severely damaged mulberry tree, and removed thistle and bindweed. Julie also prepped a few areas for all the baby milkweed (swamp, butterfly and common) to grow happily as well as the other native species she picked up at the GreenUP Ecology Park Native Plant Nursery in Peterborough, Ontario!

Cleaning up the garden paths and mulch ways for pollinators big and small

Mariola is busy refinishing the garden signs, so we are ready for JUNE and the Longbranch Garden Tour!


A great big thank you to Mariola, our carpenter/painter/designer extraordinaire who makes our natural wooden signs for the pollinator garden.

APRIL 2023 NEWS

POLLINATOR PATH GARDEN https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/water-environment/environmental-grants-incentives/pollinateto-community-grants/

LEGS was one of 44 community groups to receive a PollinateTO grant this year! Much thanks to the City of Toronto for supporting pollinators and biodiversity in this great city!

OUR GOALS FOR THE POLLINATOR PATH:


1. Expand the Pollinator Habitat

  1. Add more plants, shrubs and trees with diverse pollen and nectar sources to support pollinators.
  2. Add a safe nesting area for ground-nesting pollinators / native bees.
  3. Add water area for pollinators.

2. Develop Educational Programming

  1. 3 members are certifying as Pollinator Garden Stewards with Pollinator Partnership Canada to learn how to maintain the Pollinator Path and be ready to run education tours in the summer and fall.
  2. We will also run seed collection, planting, and native species growing workshops throughout the year.

3. Create a self-guided tour  

  1. We will create and install 8 – 10 ‘waystation’ signs. Each will focus on one native species, indicate which pollinators it attracts, and have one fun “Did you know?” fact. Potential plants include: GoldenrodCommon Milkweed, Serviceberry, etc.
  2. We will develop an interactive Pollinator Path map on the LEGS website for those who want to access more detailed information online.

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