Feb 3, 2016

At our February Workday, crafty people will build a fence

Mark your calendars - a week from Saturday is the next Panhandle Community workday:

Panhandle Park workday
Saturday, February 13
9 am - 12 noon
Meet at the gardener's shed (near Oak @ Ashbury)
Gloves and tools provided. All ages welcome!

During the workday on February 13, there will be an option to take part in a special crafty project: to assemble and install a low fence around the rain garden next to the playground. The fence will be built from natural products - willow branches harvested from San Francisco parks. A fence like this will be attractive and durable. This project will require extra hands and patience. To help us plan for the project, please RSVP if you would like to be one of those involved in the project. That will help us plan for tools and materials.

Oh, to have a garden with weaving paths and succulent vegetables. A daily adventure through nature and the eternal hope of a glimpse of itty bitty flower fairies:

Headover to Pinterest and search Willow+wattle for an amazing array of ways to build these fences!

Jan 7, 2016

Get your raingear ready for Saturday's workday

The first community workday of the year is this Saturday. We'll be joined by special guests, students and families of San Francisco Day School.  

Panhandle Community Workday
Saturday, January 9
9 am - 12 noon
Meet by the bulletin board (near Oak @ Ashbury)
Gloves and tools are provided 

The workday is "Rain or Shine," so get your raingear ready! We cancel only due to hazardous conditions. A forecast calls for showers Friday night, tapering off early Saturday morning. 

Dec 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

The park was full of red today: the red flowers of candelabra aloe, the stems of dogwood, and the lobster-like mushrooms sprouting from the bases of trees. Inside the rain garden, a ruby-crowned kinglet was taking cover in the rushes.

One uncommon aspect of this aloe is there are few other large succulent plants in the Panhandle. Aloe is a plant that has long been cultivated for its healing properties, with most species originating in Africa and Asia. The aloe is located next to a small cluster of olive trees. Olive trees have been cultivated for human purposes since the copper age; the earliest evidence of which is an archaeological site in Jordan.

Merry Christmas!

Dec 16, 2015

Workday report - big December planting at the park

Dozens of plants were in place and ready for planting when we arrived at the Panhandle Park on Saturday, December 12 for the monthly community workday. Sticky monkey flower, Coyote Brush, native strawberry, and others were provided by Rec and Park for planting.  

This spot in the park, just between the restroom and the multi-use path, was rehabbed during the 2012 capital project, but some combination of drought, irrigation, and soil quality conspired to turn the mound dry and bare. To address the problem, Guillermo Vasquez, longtime Rec and Park gardener for the Panhandle, proposed a planting of drought-tolerant native plants to save on water, beautify the area, and keep the community engaged in planting and upkeep. Months ago, the department sheet-mulched the area to establish a fresh, healthier planting medium, and with planting season upon us, the time was right for the first plants to go in. 

Our repeat volunteers turned out and were joined by some first-time volunteers to get the planting accomplished. It was helpful that - unlike some spots in the park - the soil was not that difficult to turn over. There were, however, spots where we found dry conditions just underground - reflecting that we had had less than 3 inches seasonal rainfall to date in San Francisco. Happily, the next day we had 3/4 inch rain! 

Additional waves of planting by volunteers and by RPD staff will follow to make this area attractive and welcoming.