Those who’ve lived here for a while know the weather in the Bay Area is always best in the fall – we call it our summer. And this weekend we had a beautifully summery day for our October volunteer workday at PG.
Matt, Chris, Josh and I were joined by Veronica, and the team set about more winter prep tasks.
Josh and Veronica planted an Aloe thraskii – a new species for us that was donated by Mat McGrath of Farallon Gardens. This should grow into a nice tree aloe, and with a lovely watering basing built by the team, I hope it thrives.
Matt set up the water again the second time this year. We deeply watered quite a few plants and noticed the watering done last time had helped a lot.
Already, the Phlomis and Leonotis have sprouted new leaves, and I think we saved a few Cordylines from certain death.
Matt also cut back the Matilija Poppy and worked on bagging up a lot of the branches from last time.
Chris got down (right down… on the ground) to business removing fennel from the back slope, and then bravely de-pupping a large, exceptionally spiny Agave “Green Giant” up at the triangle gardens. Dangerous work!
He and Josh replanted some there as an encampment deterrent, and more pups will go on the back slope. Knowing how fast they grow it’ll be a Green Giant forest before you know it!
I cleaned trash and Veronica helped me get the composters ready to use again. We’ll fill them over winter, when it’s wetter and the compost will break down quickly. We used some of the Chasmanthe leaves she’d removed to start the process.
All in all a very worthwhile Saturday!