Green Club Photo Competition

Over the summer months, community volunteers helped to maintain the wonderful B.A.S.E. Daycare gardens and enjoyed harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables.

While helping, we encouraged the participating families to capture their moments in the garden, especially of any tiny visitors they encountered. Here is the best shot from the lot so far, sent in by Alessandra Governale who helped out at Cedarcrest garden, featuring a Japanese Beetle. These little guys are actually pests and not a gardener’s or a plant’s best friend! They like to feed on plant leaves, which destroys the plant’s ability to survive. Oh no! You can hang pheromone traps or just use your hands to squish them so your plants can live happily!

B.A.S.E. Daycare would still love to receive your photos of interesting creatures that live in the garden—whether it’s your schoolyard garden or your very own! Send your photos to growb.a.s.e.gardens@gmail.com!

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Coronation: Pollinator Garden Flourishes!

Remember in June what Coronation’s brand new Certified Wildlife Friendly Habitat pollinator garden looked like? What a difference a summer makes!

The bees absolutely love the pink Cosmos, white Yarrow and those tall purple Anise Hyssop! The bees have gotten so fat from all the delicious nectar, Mr. Ryan Oxley has seen them taking naps in the flowers before heading home to their hives!

The garden has definitely provided a wonderful sanctuary for the local urban wildlife. Coronation B.A.S.E. Daycare Green Clubs students will be returning to the garden in just a few weeks to see how their plants have flourished and the evidence of all their hard work!

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BEFORE: Pollinator Garden at Coronation in June 2017.

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AFTER: Pollinator Garden at Coronation in September 2017!

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Edward Murphy: Painting With Produce!

This summer, blueberries and kale were growing faster than the neighbourhood could eat them at Edward Murphy Elementary’s B.A.S.E. Daycare garden.

Ms. Melina hosted garden workshops in July and August for any interested community members. Below are a few pics of the children painting with produce after helping pulling weeds! They used all kinds of berries, kale and different parts of flowers to create their art.

Families left the workshops with fresh fruits and veggies to add to their dinners at home! Yum!

 

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St. Monica: Garden Life

Nestled in the middle of NDG, the St. Monica B.A.S.E. Daycare community garden is full of life—from bursting blueberries to busy bees!

If you’d like to help out in the garden, try your hand at weeding, watering and planting (and don’t forget eating!), then email growb.a.s.e.gardens@gmail.com. We’re waiting for you!

 

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Summer Garden Fun!

B.A.S.E. Daycare communities are still enjoying their gardens during the summer holidays. Parents and students are helping with garden maintenance, watering, weeding, planting and even harvesting fruits and veggies to throw into, say, a delicious salad!

If you would like to help in the gardens or participate in a workshop as a great summer activity with the kids, email growb.a.s.e.gardens@gmail.com!

 

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Cedarcrest: New Container Garden

After months and months of waiting and hard work, Cedarcrest Green Club students finally officially opened their new schoolyard garden.

The work of students, parents, school and daycare staff and local organizations (VertCite, COSSLQuebec en Forme and Croquarium), this B.A.S.E. Daycare garden was truly a collaborative effort and a great first step in establishing a garden at a school!

To find out more about the container garden, read the story on page 7 of the Touching B.A.S.E. Spring 2017 newspaper and watch the video below!

 

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Coronation: Certified Wildlife Friendly Habitat

B.A.S.E. Green Club students at Coronation Elementary School officially opened their schoolyard garden on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, and received their “Certified Wildlife Friendly Habitat” plaque from the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) as part of the WILD Spaces program.

Mr. Ryan Oxley, B.A.S.E. Green Initiative Advisor, applied for the certification earlier this year and Coronation Elementary was selected along with 15 to 20 other schools in Quebec. The certificate is given to groups who have “transformed [their] schoolyard or group’s yard into a space that helps wildlife and encourages youth to connect with and learn from nature.” Coronation’s Green Club also received a donation of pollinator kits that included around 40 plants to help attract pollinators to their garden.

Mile End High School originally established the garden, building 7 raised planters. Coronation Elementary’s Green Club built a bug hotel as well as created a pollinator garden next to the planters to help attract bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects to help pollinate the fruit and vegetable plants.

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