Hi everyone!! GUESS WHAT!!! WE DID IT!!!
What in the world are you talking about? - you might ask. All of the build up of me saying "we're soooo busy" has culminated to this week. Culminated - big fancy word for built up to the highest point. This week we not only finished all of the planting at the city yard, 55 BOXES IN TOTAL, we also moved our belongings from the greenhouse at Changing Gear to our greenhouse at the Yukon College. I believe I mentioned that we had started this move two weeks ago and we finished it during a very long moving day yesterday.
I tell ya, our greenhouse folk are AMAZING!
So, planter boxes. On Friday last week and Monday this week we asked for the help of our entire Employ Ability Skills team (all 9 of them) to help us finish the planting and we crushed it out in record time. Each box has about 30 plants which include marigolds, sunflowers, amaranth and pansies. All of the lovely little flowers we've been growing for the past few months. And now that they are in big soil they will also become bigger and heartier!! So exciting!! Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce for helping us complete another successful year for the city planter boxes.
Speaking of planter box flowers... a bonus is that Catheryne ran into some ladies from Springtime Garden in Fort Nelson, BC who had come up to sell some plants. Not only did they run in to each other, the lady from Springtime offered for us to come grab some of the flowers that didn't sell as a donation to the Challenge program. A huge thank you to the ladies there for helping us beautify our boxes! We also snagged some extra stuff that is further along than our own plants to spruce up our back fill for if plants don't survive in the planter boxes. The generosity of this community never cease to impress.
For greenhouse, we are ever so thankful to Changing Gear for letting us rent half of their greenhouse. We wouldn't have had such happy, healthy plants without their space and we greatly appreciate the owner's help in getting everything established. We are now officially out of the Changing Gear greenhouse and in to the Yukon College where it's a bit of a tighter fit but encouraging us to trim things and transplant things. We donated a few plants to the owner at Changing Gear, a couple of trays of marigolds and pansies, to help with his planter boxes.
A great big thanks to Victoria Faulkner Women's Center for being our watering team on the weekends. We shared the rented space with them at the Changing Gear greenhouse and in return they helped us with the watering requirements. Thanks for an awesome collaboration this year!
Phew! Planter box season is always our busiest and we have survived it. Work this week includes getting used to our new work environment at the College and getting our own Challenge planter boxes done, now that we have me our requirements for our work here. How exciting! One of our ladies is hoping to plant some things for tinctures to take home at the end of the program and I'm looking forward to reworking the garden tower to make it full and beautiful again. Cheers to what's coming!
The photos below show warming our plants up to be put in to the boxes, hearty plant sin the greenhouse, the stages of filling the planter boxes, the final products and part of the process of moving out of the Changing Gear greenhouse. Look how empty it is now!!
Thank you, as always, for your ongoing support and please enjoy our planter boxes as they grow comfortable in their new homes on the city streets of Whitehorse!
We are part of the Employ Ability Skills Program with Challenge Disability Resource Group. We take part in a 12-week program that allows us to learn new skills and foster our interest in growing our own food organically.