Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday .. was .. at times … sunny .. then cloudy .. some rain .. followed by sun. A potpourri kind of day, weatherwise.
Spent some time outside, relocating some of the taller plants in the back of the yard. I’m making a kind of little secret garden, of sorts. Starting with tall perennials along the fence, with a little pathway in front of that. Then I’ve moved the garden bed back a foot, and began the process of moving the taller bamboo plants closer to the edge of that.
Then I’m moving a line of raspberries in front of them. There will then be a staggered height of plants, tall to medium and then shorter (garlic, herbs). The tall plants will give protection to the lower plants.
My garden is in constant change and it’s easy to move them. Except I had to tug away at the Buddleia, thought. The roots are mainly fibrous, with one long tap root that extended farther than I wanted to dig, so I just cut the end of the root . . still have a two foot length left and these plants are tough as nails, anyway.
Why am I doing this? Well, in a burst of creative thought a few days ago, I thought that if I could rearrange the veggie garden (part of it, anyway) then I could install my propagating area here. In a nice and tidy fashion, that is. And I find that these projects sort of take on a life of its own … I simply start the process and my inner artist takes over. The results are always creative and I’m always surprised and impressed with the results.
And I’ve decided to install rustic fencing along parts of the garden, to visually break up some of the areas. I’ll be re-using the branches and bamboo canes that I’d used to make a holding area for my mountain of mulch leaves from last fall. I have my eye on several very tall bamboo canes currently growing in one area of the yard, so luckily, I’m not lacking in fencing materials.
I like the look of the rustic fencing that was installed at the front of Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, and when I’d last visited there on Tuesday, I looked at this fencing again and thought, perfect for the back yard! So, thanks for the inspiration, Swan Lake!!
I was quite involved in digging away yesterday when the rains came .. I simply covered up my camera, binoculars, iPod and simply went on digging. After all, what’s a little rain? Then the sun came out and it felt like a warm summer day.
After what I’ve been learning in my gardening course, I’m not really happy about digging up and disturbing the soil .. saw the thin white strands of the mycorrhizal fungi in place, doing their part to help the roots of the plants. And promised that I’d add some of the powdered M. fungi that I’d purchased from the Gardener’s Pantry. I’ll soon have this soil healthy and vibrant again. Plus, liberal doses of EM!!
Took a break and read through some books on composting .. one mentions Bokashi, pallet & worm composting. However, the “helpful” information listed is nowhere near as detailed as the information that I learned in the Organic Master Gardening Course (Gaia College, at Royal Roads University). My gardening world has forever changed and I cannot go back to the way of thinking that I had before.
Funny, found a bag of plant fertilizer that I’d bought a few years back. The cardboard box holding the plastic bag had long since disintegrated and all that is left is the bag and the contents of several cups of white and pale green “fertilizer”granules. I shudder to think that I had used some of this on some plants. Now I’ll have to dispose of this in “hazardous” materials. Never, no more.
From now on, it’s EM, Compost Tea (Dr. Elaine R Ingham ), worm bins, mulch, grass cuttings, manure (organic preferably). What a difference that course has made in my life. And, luckily, I have access to the online videos and course material for a year. It will take at least that for me to go through all of these invaluable resources.
Anyway .. on with this most wonderful day. I think the rains have stopped .. can hear the birds singing away .. so out to my garden I go! And if it is still raining, well, there’s no shortage of things to do inside. Or maybe go for a walk. Choices .. it’s a good thing!