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28th & Fernwood flower bed plan

The project plan for the Beresford Park flower beds is coming together and includes 4 main activities.  Volunteer participation will be needed for each of the activities: 1) Dig In   Day -  Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 9am to noon This involves taking some of the existing soil out of the beds to make room for new organic material (compost & mulch).  Bring your shovel! 2) Sheet Mulch Day  - Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 9am to noon In this event, the beds will be revitalized with new material, including approximately 5 cubic yards of compost and 8 yards of mulch The main activity will be transferring compost & mulch from large piles into the flower beds - so a broad range of volunteer ages & skill levels will be able to participate 3) Plant It Day  - Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9am to noon What we've been waiting for...installation of new plants into the 3 beds Here we'll need volunteers with some level of comfort handling plants, with some digging involved

Initial Plant List for Beresford Park

Below is an initial list of plants for the Beresford Park flower beds: 1) Echinacea 2) Shasta Daisy 3) Aster 4) Black Eyed Susan 5) Penstemon 6) Yarrow 7) Russian Sage 8) Buckwheat

Sheet Mulch Day!

It used to be that the first step in planting a garden was to turn the soil.  If you were lucky, you had a rototiller machine to make the job easier.  A couple of books (links here to Amazon (not an affiliate link) but also sold locally at Lyngso Garden Materials) have been helpful in re-evaluating the big dig: Teaming with Microbes, The Organic Gardner's Guide to the Soil Food Web , Lowenfels & Lewis Teaming with Nutrients, The Organic Gardner's Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition , Lowenfels Broader efforts are also calling attention to the need to build soil health.  focuses on the importance of soil in mitigating the sources of climate change. Bottom-line: minimizing soil disturbance and providing natural amendments to build soil health and structure are better ways to foster long-term soil health - which translates into a better place for our plants, and the plants of future generations to grow. In terms of the practical implications to the

Moving Forward: Plan for Beresford Park flower beds

The flower beds at 28th & Fernwood are a focal point as you enter Beresford Park.  This creates somewhat of a performance expectation in caring for the beds:   beyond just pulling weeds and tending to water needs, there is an expectation that the beds will be...beautiful.  Yikes.  Having re-constructed our home landscape back in 2015, we invested in a wide range of perennials that require only seasonal maintenance and are mostly native - so have lower water requirements than the thirsty dahlias.  Many of the same plants we put in 5 years ago will bloom again this year - which reduces the need to buy new plants and disturb the soil. You may have noticed new plant varieties that were installed with the new playground at Beresford.  Salvias, Mexican sage, monkey flower, penstemon are a few of the perennials that are able to be fed water through drip irrigation lines.  They also require little in terms of additive food (ie. fertilizer).  I don't perceive quite the same into

Getting Started

If you're reading this, it's likely that you live in San Mateo, CA - spend some time in Beresford Park and recognize the flower bed at the corner of 28th & Fernwood. You've also likely noticed that the flower beds are in need of some love.  Back a decade or so ago, the city had a full greenhouse operation that produced an abundance of annual flowers to fill flower beds across the city.  More recently, we owe a man named "DJ" much gratitude for the 10 years or so that he created the most amazing display of dahlias in the Beresford Park beds. (here's a link to a news article profiling "DJ The Dahlia Guy") Unfortunately for us, DJ ended up moving to Idaho a few years back. In his place, a father-daughter volunteer team took up the dahlia growing efforts. Their service has also come to an end, which gets us caught up to the present day. Seeing the beds needing a bit of love, I inquired a few weeks back about their status and learned of the vo