Rotary Shelter House Planting Day

Rotary Shelter House
Seeds are soaking before Urban Greenscapes plants them at Rotary Shelter House
Rotary Shelter House
Seeds are soaking before Urban Greenscapes plants them at Rotary Shelter House  Photo by Marie Mishenene

THUNDER BAY – Rotary Shelter House on George Street enjoyed planting day today. “Putting tools in the truck, picking up seed potatoes, grabbing coffee and heading down to do some planting for the people. Come on down to Shelter House today and show off your “Giant Heart”, emplored Dan “Urban Greenscapes” Fulton.

A team of volunteers from Urban Greenscapes was on hand today to get the seeds into the ground and get the gardening season going. Come fall there should be a solid crop of fresh tomatoes, red beans, potatoes along with herbs, and other treats.

The ground has been prepared for the past couple of weeks. Today, Dan and his hard working team of helpers were helping to make a more enjoyable atmosphere and come fall, a harvest at the shelter.

Urman Greenscapes
Dan or Urban Greenscapes explains that the red beans they will plant here might attract hummingbirds. Photo by Marie Mishenene

Dan is hoping that humming birds will find the red beans they are planting. He states that the little birds love the red beans.

The potato boxes are a multi-level production. As the potatoes come up through the surface, another layer of soil and more potatoes will be planted. At the end of the harvest each box should generate a hefty harvest of fresh food for Shelter House.

Potato Boxes
Potato boxes at Shelter House were built from an old packing crate. Photo by Marie Mishenene,


Bottle Garden
Bottle Garden at Shelter House – an innovative way to recycle. Photo by Marie Mishenene.

The herb garden at Shelter House that the volunteers have put up is really innovative. The ‘flower pots’ used to be two litre pop bottles. With a little ‘surgery’ and a drill, they easily become a Fence Garden. The rope holding the bottles together also would allow a climbing vine to grow up that rope and make a very pleasing look to any fence that would come down easily at the end of the gardening season.

With no deposit on pop bottles in Ontario, this is a great means of recycling the bottles and making greater use of them. Herbs, along with sage can be planted in the pots. They would also make a great way for parsley, chives or other quick additions to a recipe. 

The Urban Greenscapes Team is always looking for more volunteers, or for donations to keep the greening of Thunder Bay going.

You can get in touch with Urban Greenscapes on their Facebook Page.

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