SOB has been quite busy with Faith lately. The last few weeks have been filled with therapy appts in DuBois & St Mary’s, plus Dr appts in Wexford, Pittsburgh, Reynoldsville & DuBois.
Hopefully there will be pics or video of some of the things Faith has been working on!! 🤗 🤭 🤩 😍
Just so there is no confusion the Down to Earth Garden Club that has been taking care of the embankment gardens from the last renovation (10-15 years) until last summer, with occasional help from service groups from PSU and Tri-county church, (give credit where credit is due!) was delighted that the city was taking an interest in the area. We did what we could but it was no job for amateurs. Parts of the area were steep and dangerous. Mulch would not stay on it so there was no way to suppress weeds. I have pictures, where after a hard rain, the sidewalk was covered with mulch and dirt from the borders near the steps and the entire area to the right. Water poured down either side of the steps and undermined them. The cement blocks that we put in in an effort to terrace the area beside the stairs helped a bit but poor drainage was an ongoing problem. The trees were not cared for as it was a job for professional tree people with proper equipment. Much of the slope was just allowed to go back to nature. We just hoped that the pretty gardens and borders were a distraction from the weeds.
The barberries, red twigged dogwood and grasses that were put in at the last renovation were close to the end of their lifespans. It was a nice south slope but the soil wasn't particularly good and was shallow. There were areas that were wet and muddy from seepage especially across from Harley-Davidson. The group cheered when it was revealed at a meeting that we would no longer have to make like mountain goats.
The only problem we had was that we were misled as to the time frame that we had to remove plants. We lost a lot of plants including rose bushes and peonies. Most of the plants were not visible this early and they couldn't be found. The cutting of the beautiful black lace elderberry was a crime and the cutting of the much babied weeping cherry was sad. Some of the stuff was too big to salvage if we could have found it.
Our only concern at this point is that more thought is being put into maintenance than was put into the last renovation, which was none. And hopefully they will not run out of money before it is finished as they did last time. Planted areas need constant attention something that those who do the panning do not always realize. We have absolutely no problem with the city doing its duty to this area. We are cheering them on and hoping for the best.
The Jefferson County Extension Master Gardeners are planning to set up the Plant Sale beside the road from Brookville to Hazen at the Fairgrounds on those days. Hopefully we will reap sales from some of those traveling to Hazen and back.