by Kay Smith
CREEC Greenhouse Youth Group worked a total of eight days in November. Our winter hours will continue to be Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm and Wednesdays from 1:30 pm to 5 pm. We may schedule more work days since school is out. I will post about additional days, should we have any.
November was a busy time of planting passionflower vines and other flowering plants around the mulberry tree. A new gate was installed by the California State Lands Commission.
Our Youth Group took apart an overgrown planter and replanted it with new plants. It was quite a task pulling apart those overgrown tules, but with cooperation, the task was completed. We have tules in 5-gallon pots for sale, perfect if anyone wants to start a water garden.
We have planted every kind of oak tree known to grow in California. We've also planted toyons, cherries, buckeyes, pines, grasses, flowering plants, and vegetables. We will be potting up some of last season's sprouted seedlings in December.
The Youth Group spends at least a third of their time weeding. We weed each section looking for plants needing attention. As plant issues come up, the students address each issue. They sometimes address the issue at the table where the plant "lives," but sometimes they take the plants to the work area (especially bigger pots or when additional tools are needed to complete the task).
Along with most of the plants at CREEC Greenhouse, the Youth Group has planted many different winter vegetables and herbs, which are available for sale during our work hours at CREEC. Feel free to stop by and visit us.
On that note, CREEC welcomes any donations of plant pots. Drop them off in front of our gate, and we will put them to good use.
Consider supporting CREEC Greenhouse during this holiday season by purchasing plants as gifts for friends and family. Feel free to bring a pretty pot to the greenhouse, and we can pot it up with a plant of your choice. Our students would be delighted to do so.
Nine students participated at CREEC Greenhouse in November.
December brings rain, wind, and cold. Many plants take this time to rest, even dying back to just the roots of the plant until spring. If you visit CREEC, these plants are marked with blue tags. The cold weather is also a good time to plant trees and perennial plants.
CREEC plans to replace some dead trees in the restoration project site under the Carquinez Bridge, next to CREEC's property on Dowrelio Drive. If you'd like to help us, we'll be meeting on Saturday, December 16th from 10 am to 2 pm. After exiting the freeway, go down Wanda Street to the bottom of the hill, and turn left onto Dowrelio Drive. Drive to the end of the road and park. CREEC Greenhouse will be on your left. We hope you can come!
Thank you to CREEC's Board of Directors; our generous sponsors, C&H Sugar and Phillips 66; as well as friends of CREEC for allowing this wonderful place to be such an important part of our lives. The beauty and wonder at CREEC Greenhouse are waiting to be discovered by everyone. Come visit us and see what's growing at CREEC Greenhouse.