The Pollinator Path at the Daily Bread Food Bank

APRIL 2023

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.

Spring Clean up in the Pollinator Path Garden!

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
  • Hens & chicks
  • Zinnias
  • Marigolds
  • Callaloo
  • Zucchini
Monika planting strawberries in the Pollinator Path Garden

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!

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


APRIL 2023 NEWS

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 GARDEN:


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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