To create a protected, beautiful site for people to eat their lunch, compost their food, and produce maximum yield of vegetables and fruits and create a year-round forage for our bees. Use the site as a source of community building, education, and inspiration. To capture and store rainfall and reduce storm water waste, by introducing semi-permeable sidewalks to the site.
Potentially use CraigsList and other second hand stores to find furniture
After observing how the area is used by people, build more permanent structures
Herb Spiral Use concrete from the sidewalk to construct the herb spirals
Budget Total Cost < $10,000 Bees Warré hive (sold in a kit for $195) $195 Dwarf Trees Four Winds Growers: can get 4 or more 1-year trees for $20/each https://ssl4.westserver.net/fourwindsgrowers.com/secure/consumer/ $400-$500 Straw Donated from Grocery Stores after Halloween Free Sidewalk Landscaping Permit $160 to $215 $200 Concrete Cut and Removal $2-$3 per square foot--Approximately 3,225 sq. ft. $8,062.50 Seeds ~$300
"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know." -Donald Rumsfeld
Details about water system and arrangements needed to access running water owners of next buildings and access to building walls and roofs for rainwater harvesting.
How much water garden will require over the spring/summer?
Source of water
Property ownership terms and conditions
History of property - remnants from gas station
More details needed to choose chemicals to be tested in soil
Contour: locations to site berms/ swales
location of microclimates will change as windbreak vines and trees grow
Building Resources - 701 Amador Street (near Third Street) San Francisco; (415) 285-7814 and fax: (415) 285-2489. Lumber, plywood, marble, bricks, tiles, glass, mirrors, lighting fixtures, plumbing supplies, and hardware. 9-4:30 every day. Donations accepted until 4PM www.buildingresources.org and email: [email_address]
C&K Salvage - 718 Douglas Avenue (near Edes Avenue), Oakland; (510) 569-2070 and fax (510) 569-2074. Lumber, large timber, siding, flooring, bricks, doors, plumbing. Mon-Fri 9-5 email: [email_address]
California Materials Exchange - a FREE, online materials exchange service designed to help businesses, organizations, local governments, industry, schools, and individuals find markets for non-hazardous materials that may otherwise be discarded. California Materials Exchange
East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse – 4695 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA (510) 547-6470 and fax (510) 655-6536. Non-profit agency that collects materials and redistributes them to community at low cost. Specializing in art materials, books, small furniture, frames and garden artifacts. Hours for Depot 11-6 seven days a week. www.creativeresuse.org
The Reuse People –9235 San Leandro Street, Oakland, CA 94603. (510) 383-1983. Cabinets, doors, fixtures, lumber, plywood, sinks & tubs, windows, bricks, ceramic tile, flooring, garden art & more. Hours Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat and Sun 10-4. www.thereusepeople.org and email: [email_address]
The ReStore Store - 9235 San Leandro Street, Oakland, CA 94603. (510) 777-1447 and fax (510) 777-1451. East Bay Habitat for Humanity's warehouse with appliances, windows, lighting, etc. Open 9-5, Monday - Saturday. www.restorecommunity.com
San Pablo Flea Market – 6100 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA. (510) 594-6820. Odds and ends, everything from old, antique dishes to a wide variety of furniture! Hours 10-6 7 Days/Week. Email: [email_address]
The Sink Factory - 2140 San Pablo Avenue (near Bancroft Way), Berkeley; (510) 540-8193. Specializing in new and used basins. The full-service company will repair, rebuild, rechrome or customize a new or salvaged sink. Hours Tue-Sat 9-5, 12-3 Sunday. www.sinkfactory.com , [email_address]
Urban Ore – 900 Murray St. near 7th &Ashby, Berkeley (510) 841-7283. Doors, windows, lumber, marble, bricks, tiles, glass, mirrors, molding, lighting fixtures and hardware. Also a general store with secondhand household items. Hours 8:30-7 Mon-Sat, 10-7 Sunday (Receiving closes at 5 pm). www.urbanore.org
Get a copy of the "SIDEWALK LANDSCAPING" permit application and guidelines HERE . If you are undertaking a joint project with your neighbors, one application is required for each property.
Review the guidelines. Contact the Bureau of Urban Forestry (415 641 2676) or Plant*SF (info@plantSF.org) with questions or concerns. (For sidewalks measuring 7' or less in width, contact Plant*SF for suggestions on plantable areas.)
Consider inviting your neighbors to join in a planting to reduce fees [which range from $160 - $215 depending on how many properties are involved]. Joint plantings also generally save on installation costs and result in a larger overall garden.
Make a plan drawing that shows your proposed changes. You may do this yourself, or an architect or landscape designer can help you.
Complete the application form.
Permit requires Property Owner or Owner's Agent signature. If you are not the owner, discuss your ideas with them. Feel free to ask Plant*SF to contact a property owner on your behalf.
Submit completed permit application, drawing and fee via mail to address at top of form.
Follow the guidelines that accompany the permit regarding setting up a site inspection and the location any underground utilities.
Once work is authorized, extract concrete with a concrete saw and jack hammer. These are available at local tool rental companies, or you may hire a contractor to do this work (See Resources page). Relocate or remove demolished materials to a recycle yard. Consider coordinating with your neighbors to share costs. Do not assume removing concrete yourself will save money: In addition to tool rental, be sure to account for street space permit, debris box rental, hauling and disposal fees.
Prepare, augment and/or remove portions of the existing soil. (Remove large rocks, till new soil with existing soil to a depth of 12-24"). This will encourage root growth into the existing soil. Consider retaining large rocks on site as landscape features instead of sending them to recycling. (Concrete disposed in San Francisco is required to be recycled. It is often ground up to become road base or aggregate in new concrete.)
Install weed barrier cloth if desired. While not required, this may make maintenance easier. Note that weed barriers may also prevent desired plants from spreading, and may be cut to provide for this growth. Use pins or staples to keep it in place, otherwise it has a tendency to migrate up through soil. Rock mulch may be more effective than a weed barrier and also serves decorative and soil protecting functions.
Select and install plant and/or other materials. Consult the Plant Selection Guidelines to help ensure plantings will be appropriate to your area. Also ask at your local nursery for suggestions for your planters' soil, sun and moisture characteristics. Install mulch (rock or wood chips) around plants to increase moisture retention and reduce weed growth.
Select and install compacted decomposed granite and/or permeable pavers for paths. Be sure to install pavers properly with sand and gravel layers. Consider using aluminum edgers such as 'Permalock' .
Provide initial watering of plants (until drought tolerance is established, approximately 2-4 months, depending on season). The best time to plant in San Francisco is mid- to late-November once the fall heat has passed and the wet season has begun.
Provide light maintenance. (When selected and installed properly, includes removal of trash, optional watering, light weeding, and minimal tending of plants).
Concrete Removal For Cut and Removal of sidewalk of about 3,000 ft.2 on the Sanchez St. Sidewalk