To my Knightville Neighbors and friends of the Pope Preserve, we are making headway in the creation of our little urban oasis. We have money to purchase trees donated by Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape (our stalwart allies), Bangor Savings (bank there, they are neighbors who understand community), and the City of South Portland who are, well, US. The trees will be planted in the area between the sidewalk along Hannaford’s driveway and the new wood chip path running through the center of the photo labeled “new path toward Linscott”. We will plant 9 trees in all, arranged to preserve the water view from the direction of Ocean Street but screening the side of Hannaford. I will turn over the soil with a roto-tiller (rented unless anyone has one I may borrow) but only on the 15′ strip that is a city right of way along the sidewalk. The remainder of the planting area will have to be turned over by hand the way we did in the ocean side area for milkweed planting as this is required by the terms of the Pope Trust steward, Nature Conservancy of Maine.
Please keep an eye out for the date for a hand shoveling party to remove the knotweed roots (believed to be 97.5% dead). I will pick a Saturday or Sunday mid to late morning to gather for a few hours of work if we have as many hands as last time. I am in discussions with a landscape company about donating equipment time with operator to plant the larger trees. There will be a small amount of hand work after the trees are in the hole.
Lastly, milkweed pods are ripening. If you are out for a stroll, please pluck some pods if they have split open but still have the seeds. Please pick only about a quarter of the pods in one area so the plant can continue to propagate there; it is obviously a spot it favors. I will plant the seeds you give me, and the ones I already have from other donors, in the section between the main path and the ocean. We tried transplanting seedlings in this area in the spring and it didn’t work. The butterfly people warned me that the best way to plant is by seed in the fall. Apparently, Mother knows what she is doing.
Thanks for any help you can give to this project and let me know if you have any questions or comments. Oh, you can leave the seeds on my front porch at 3 E Street. Dan Hogan, aka, Slayer of the Dreaded Knotweed.