|Here is the approximate location of the garden in front of the REAL Deal Store. We already have a native garden along the front of the store and a Community Garden on the other side of the parking lot.|
|There were several demonstration gardens in that space that were installed in 2009. The idea was to show you could build a little garden with scrap materials. They had become overgrown and were removed to make way for they monarch garden.|
|We mowed and leveled the area, and laid out the shape with a garden hose, incorporating two existing dogwoods.|
|Cardboard was laid down over the shapes to smother the grass and weeds below it. Triple mix soil was delivered by Landscape Products Depot. It was moved onto the cardboard and some relief created.|
|We had done some shopping for distinctive rocks but realized there were some nice ones in the berm alongside the property. Bobby Semple, who plows our driveway in the winter, very generously stopped by to extricate them and help us place them. Some were much bigger than we thought! But we got some very nice seating rocks in the bargain.|
|We created two foot wide paths and laid down landscape fabric.|
|We took delivery of about 50 flagstones that we had selected from Landscape Products Depot and began creating the path.|
|A view of the flagstone path. We are going to be adding a feature, possibly log seating, at the end of one path. Some lower limbs of the linden tree were trimmed to make walking by there easier.|
The rocks along the driveway are from the mini demonstration garden and were temporary to make sure no one makes the mistake of driving beyond the edge.
Some of the large plants were put in, but we waited until some of the smaller ones were more substantial before planting.
A garden bench was added, mulch laid down, and most of the plants are marked. Some pea stone was added in the transition from the driveway to the garden.
Our garden qualified as a Monarch Waystation by the organization Monarch Watch, so that sign was incorporated into a REAL sign at the entrance to the garden.
Encouraged by the garden’s success, a second garden, almost as large, was added in 2020 between the first bed and William Street.
A zoom presentation organized by J2S, and hosted by John Joynt. Carlos Alvarado will share his 6 years of experience in permaculture and regenerative farming on small scale in Europe, South America and Canada. Additiaonl speakers Doug Savage and Myra Vandic will address what practicing farmers can do and policy implications. Note that this […]
Our friends from Trinity United Church will be selling bags of mushroom compost from the REAL Deal site Sat. May 22. No need to preorder, just show up that day. Price is $10 for a 30 L bag. Proceeds are for the “life and work of Trinity United Church, Smiths Falls”. If the compost is […]
Due to the stay-at-home order, we are postponing our annual Pitch In cleanup to after May 20. Individuals, families, and “bubbles” are encouraged to choose a location to clean up. This year we will have some shoreline locations to suggest as well. Yellow pitch in bags will be available at the REAL Deal Store. […]
Save water and treat your plants by using a rain barrel. Preorder a rainbarrel from REAL to pick up on May 29, 2021, and help support the next phase of our monarch garden. Orders accepted starting March 22.
Find out what REAL has been up to, and what lies ahead. Members as well as those on our mailing list will receive an invitation, but anyone is welcome. Just ask for a link! Only paid up members entitled to vote. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of joining our board, […]