Landscape Design community presentation

Jungle Stairs had a productive community meeting this week that featured Todd Gilens who presented his recommendations for planting the Eastern and Western Slopes. We reviewed and discussed lots of great options for landscaping the area and will begin narrowing our selection for various plants, trees and flowers. Please direct suggestions and feedback to Marc & Ken. Thank you to Todd for his comprehensive approach and thoughtful designs for the hillside. Thank you to Madeleine for creating beautiful booklets with pictures of plants to select. Thank you to Marc & Mari for hosting.

Check out the links below to review the landscape designs and list of flowers and plants.

Plant Portfolio Booklet JSW 2017 Plant Portfolio Booklet JSW 2017

 

The focus of the meeting was a presentation by Todd Gilens, landscape designer, who has been working with Ken, Madeleine, and Marc on creating a proposal for planting Jungle Stairs East and replanting JS West with grant funds from the Mayor’s Community Challenge Grant. Todd reviewed some of the challenges of the sites and their differences, andpresented his vision of a mix of native and non-native species that would create anumber of distinct areas of interest in our project. Consideration was given to plant size, flowering times and colors, foliage, and requirements for sun vs. shade, water, and soil quality issues.

Graphics of the proposed plant layout have been posted at the bulletin board at the top landing of JS West, and comments or questions should be directed to Todd through Madeleine or Ken.

Todd recommended that we anticipate planting in late autumn to maximize the survival rate of new plantings with next winter’s rainy season. In the coming months we will finalize the planting scheme, source the plants from local nurseries to be sure they will be available in the quantities we need, install irrigation on JS East once the water meter service is installed, and continue to weed and remove trash from the hillsides.

There was discussion about mulching and weed suppression. And matters of irrigation, including a leak that Ken and Madeleine will address together. Neighbors said that our current schedule of “workdays” on the first Sunday and third Tuesday of each month is working out well. Work is welcome on non- scheduled days also.

What aren’t welcome are dogs off-leash, and Marie will look into signage to discourage this.

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Raised beds 2.0

This season we’ve taken a different approach and have planted native plants instead of vegetables in our raised beds. A big thank you to Madeleine for donating several species and creating beautiful signs so the space can live up to its promise as a learning garden.2017-03-03 11.42.49-1

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community board installed

We recently finished building and installing our new hand crafted, custom made Junglestairs community board. In the last few weeks it’s gotten a lot of attention and has already been a wonderful new analog way for the community to post messages and stay updated with details about the project and the neighborhood. Feel free to post your own messages when you’re in the area.

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It’s time for a Comeback

A highly productive day on the hillside on 2/5/17

  • We weeded the lower portion of JS West
  • We got weed barrier around the raised beds
  • We trenched and unclogged culverts on either sides of the stairs
  • Prepped our raised beds for cultivation
  • We also found 7 Salamanders and 3 snails
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Weed abatement strategy

On Friday Jan.27 members of the Jungle Stairs Research Team met at the top of the eastern staircase to cover a patch of oxalis-infested ground with thick sheets of cardboard. The team secured the cardboard with bird netting and landscape staples. It may look funny, but if it works, Jungle Stairs will have a new weapon in its fight against weeds.

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Rainy day hillside work

The rain didn’t stop these neighbors age from 2 to 80! A morning of clearing oxalis and planting some aloes and agave.

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by | January 22, 2017 · 3:41 am

Ramping Up For Phase 3

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Today we met with SF Parks Alliance and DPW to discuss our application for two new grants to irrigate and landscape the Eastern slope between Collingwood and Diamond. More to come soon.

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Here is a preliminary rendering to begin the conversation.

 

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