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Keele St & Dundas St. W. Car hits pole and damages Campbell Block scaffolding.

Junctioneer - 34 min 8 sec ago
A car has hit a pole at Keele St. and Dundas this morning and in turn the pole has hit the scaffolding on the Campbell building.   The fire services are […]

Keele St & Dundas St. W. Car hits pole and damages Campbell Block scaffolding.

Junctioneer - 35 min 36 sec ago
A car has hit a pole at Keele St. and Dundas this morning and in turn the pole has hit the scaffolding on the Campbell building.   The fire services are […]

Barbershop opening at 2877 Dundas W. near the end of the mth.

Junctioneer - September 17, 2014 - 5:49pm
Barbershop opening at 2877 Dundas W. near the end of the mth.   A new very much needed barbershop is moving into the store front most recently used as the “Tea […]

Sorauren Park at Polish Festival

Sorauren Park - September 12, 2014 - 10:30pm
The can’t-miss Roncesvalles Polish Festival is this weekend Sept. 13 – 14, and make sure to drop by the Sorauren Park booth (run by the non-profit Wabash Building Society) to pick up your donation pledge form and learn about the next phases in the development of the park! Our booth will be located near Solarski […]

Greening of Roncy Part 2

Roncesvalles Renewed - September 12, 2014 - 7:38am
What’s involved in urban street gardening along Roncy

Photo Credit: Heidi Eisenhauer

Designing and maintaining the plant beds along an urban main street, is not the same as gardening in your own yard, says RoncyWorks Green Team co-lead, Heidi Eisenhauer. “The street gardens face conditions and adversity that private gardens don’t have to.” For two years now, Heidi has been ordering the plants that are delivered to the High Park Library, which keeps them in safety until they can be picked up. The co-leads monitor the beds and coordinate the ongoing and one-off volunteer efforts. Although at the moment we average one volunteer per bed, it’s a lot of work for one person, so we’re always looking for other gardeners who are prepared to commit some time each week or a few hours per month to looking after a bed. For those who can’t commit to weekly or monthly tending, there are one-off tasks, around planting and mulching time that could use extra hands.

Planting starts in June, and continues through the summer. The trick is to get the plants in as soon as possible after they are delivered. Mulching takes place in July.

Watering is key after the plants go in. We have a water service that comes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, (but not on holiday Mondays). Luckily we have water hydrants, but they are not in each bed. The trick is to get the crew to use nozzles and not just pour water on the soil from open hoses.

Photo Credit: Heidi Eisenhauer

“I find there are periods when I need to give my bed extra water, especially when I first plant something or when the weather is very hot without much rain, explains Carol Holland, a devoted volunteer who lives in Bloor West, but makes the trip to Roncy because she enjoys being part of this community effort.

Maintenance involves weeding and digging out shrubs, trimming, deadheading, replanting, and observing how all the plants are doing and affecting each other, and other problems that arise, like litter, theft, vandalism and damage from pedestrians and dogs. “It can be disheartening sometimes. We spend so much time and energy to beautify our street. But, all in all, these are just minor setbacks; if you consider the whole street, I think the beds look pretty good and there is not too much litter most of the time,” says one of our more recent volunteer, Catherine Gautry.

Welcoming other gardeners

We’re always on the lookout for local gardeners who would be willing to lend a hand, as it not only makes less work for everyone, but it’s wonderful to be part of this group effort. We get a lot of praise and encouragement from passersby and from each other. If you would like to join in, please contact greenteam@roncyworks.org.

Read how the Green Team got started and our approach.


Greening of Roncy Part 1

Roncesvalles Renewed - September 12, 2014 - 7:15am

Photo Credit: Heidi Eisenhauer

When plans for the reconstruction of Roncesvalles Avenue were in formation, trees and plant beds were one of the top features that residents and businesses wanted to see along our main street. So, when the sidewalks were reconstructed in 2011, the City installed 21 plant beds and several hydrants with the agreement that they be maintained by the Roncesvalles Village BIA.

After local residents began compulsively weeding and watering some of the beds, RoncyWorks formed a Green Team to coordinate the efforts of these local volunteers. For over two years, the RoncyWorks Green team has tended these 21 “gardens” along Roncy.

Leading the efforts of our now 21 Green Team volunteers, are Heidi Eisenhauer, a native plant specialist and co-lead Barbara Japp, member of the Horticultural Societies of Parkdale & Toronto. Supporting the team are the Roncy Sweeps who clear litter out of the beds including the infestation of cigarette butts. Fortunately, we’re seeing a decrease in the volume of cigarette butt litter this summer, since the installation of ashcans along the street.

Our approach to urban street gardens

Photo Credit: Heidi Eisenhauer

In planning the gardens, plant choices are based on xeriscaping, a water-efficient approach to gardening. Although the BIA has hired a company to water the plants three times per week, without a good rainfall and adequate watering the beds can go dry. To keep the aphids in check, ladybugs are added.

The volunteers assigned to each garden are encouraged to design the space based on what’s already thriving in their plant beds, the soil composition, available light, empty spaces, and input from nearby shopkeepers who are particularly interested. Heidi encourages a selection of perennials, particularly native plants. After putting together the list of new plants desired, Heidi orders the plants over time as needed, starting in June. This gives the team a chance to observe what has survived over the winter, how the plant beds are faring against local foot traffic including dogs, and other design criteria for urban street gardens.

Learn what’s involved in urban street gardening along Roncy.


Sweet potato proposal to move into108 Vine Ave. more traffic analysis

Junctioneer - September 11, 2014 - 3:23pm
 Today the city reinstalled the traffic counting hardware for further measuring of the traffic for the week Sweet potato proposal to move into108 Vine Ave.  This measurement period will take in […]

Boats on the Bay: Sachau Boat Yard” Heritage Talk tonight Lambton House

Junctioneer - September 11, 2014 - 12:31pm
  There is an accompanying exhibition of Photographs on the walls of the Howland Room that is up until the beginning of October and the Lambton House is open Sundays, […]

DETAILS ANNOUNCED FOR THE JUNCTION MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014

Junctioneer - September 10, 2014 - 11:27pm
    [TORONTO] One of the Toronto’s top emerging neighbourhoods is striking the right note with music fans across the city.     The Junction BIA has announced the lineup and details for […]

New food market coming to Annette St. & Quebec Ave.

Junctioneer - September 10, 2014 - 8:58am
In the same strip of buildings were one of greatest historical grocery stores that Junction had in the last 50 years. Update: From blog reader Mark, @ClassicOstler: @junctioneer There’s a […]

All Candidates’ Night for Ward 13.

Junctioneer - September 10, 2014 - 2:08am
 The JRA General Meeting on Thu., Sep. 11 will be a City Council Candidates’ Night for Ward 13. We now have acceptances from 7 of the 11 candidates registered for […]

Repairs to Bloor St. Bridge between Dundas St. W. And Perth Ave

Junctioneer - September 8, 2014 - 4:45pm
 Really tightening up traffic.  

The feather factory in Dundas which became a condo building.

Junctioneer - September 3, 2014 - 10:40am
Just love this building, and had an op to photo from height. Address:2154 Dundas St W, Toronto Developer:Plazacorp Date Completed:2008/05/27 Building Type:Hard Lofts Number of Units:44 Storeys:5 Status:Registered

Traditional end/beginning if the month mattress dumping in full swing.

Junctioneer - September 3, 2014 - 9:22am
    It happens every month, at this corner. This month there is a bonus one was dumped at Vine Parkette.

Great to see skids out back of Bunners bakery

Junctioneer - September 3, 2014 - 9:20am
    Guessing this means lots if sales or even distribution sales to other businesses outside the Junction.  Distribution sales made great successes of past Junction bakeries such as the well remembered […]

The transportation and trade of dangerous goods

Junctioneer - September 2, 2014 - 10:27am
Looks for some good background on the subject of transportation of dangerous goods though our community… found these books insightful     Dangerous Goods: A Guide to Exemptions from the […]
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