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April 30, 2012

Apparently, leaving wildlife alone is not on the agenda for some rich people. 

An elephant is killed.  http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/trump-elephant-hunt.html#cr

Sand dunes are flattened to make way for a golf course in Scotland.  Habitat for endangered birds are destroyed.  http://www.usatoday.com/sports/golf/2007-10-10-2052550731_x.htm

See those dunes now flattened down:  http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/02/10/422677/digging-up-golf-course-donald-trump-wind-farms-are-destroying-scotland/?mobile=nc

On the other hand, there are many people worldwide who are the opposite of this type of user.  There are people who truly care for the delicate beings who try to exist and live their little lives as best they can.

See the man who planted 16,000 trees on his island:  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/good-news/british-man-buys-island-whim-40-years-ago-191547211.html

I’ve been told that in order to overpower a negative, one must recount 10 positives.  I truly believe that for every horrendous act against nature, where someone wantonly destroys an innocent life or a habitat, there are 10 acts of good that are also taking place.

How else could there be a balance on this earth?

And I also believe that our young people are the impetus for the good that is happening.   I see more and more young men and women working hard to improve the soil for growing healthy (no pesticides) vegetables.   There are so many blogs where people are generously sharing how to repurpose things … to not just throw things away.

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks!  Humbug!  I’m an “old dog” and I’m learning new things every single day.  Every day is an adventure.  Still studying all the “new” information on improving the soil .. and learning about what is happening in the ground beneath my feet.  Wish this information had been taught in school .. and happy that I’m able to learn now.

Reading my “Living Earth” by Peter Farb (printed in 1950!) about the “fascinating world of life within the soil beneath us”.

I’m also slowly entering the world of native plants and will attend a workshop on salvaging native plants.   Meeting people who are active in restoring natural habitat.  And I’ve been learning about the varieties of mosses and will be attending a workshop on seaweed soon.

oh, hmmm .. I’d planned to discontinue blogging during the summer, as I wanted to devote my time to the garden, but here I am, drawn back to tap on the keyboard.

Just for a few minutes.   Then, time to go check on my latest batch of EM (effective microorganisms) … the latest batch is nearly ready to use in the garden.

I’d started off making 1 litre batches and now have moved up to a 4 Litre (milk jug) and a 2 Litre (juice bottle).   I’ve prepared a diluted mixture for a friend to use on her house plants, looking forward to hearing the results.

The dilution of the mix varies depending on the usage and I’ve been using quite a bit on my garden, the trees, garlic plantings, on berry bushes that I’ve moved around the yard.   And the blueberries, salmon berries and raspberries are in full bloom.  I’ve heard that it isn’t good to disturb blueberries, but the plants that I’ve dug up and replanted are very healthy.  Could this be due to the wonderful qualities of the EM?  I think so!

Healthy soil = healthy plants = less insect damage (insects aren’t drawn to “sick” plants).

Here is the most wonderful website to visit, to learn lots more about EM and organic fertilizers, and so very much more:  http://www.gardenerspantry.ca/  Christina is so very knowledgeable and very sharing of information … a joy to talk with. 

Well .. .away with this day .. lots to do.


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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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We’ve been lucky with weather lately, and actually had 4 days of sunshine!  This all ended yesterday … and now we are back to overcast with some rain.

DH & I went flying over town on Friday .. and we could see this huge band of dark cloud formation, quite unusual.  It was as if someone with a gigantic paintbrush had simply painted a long swathe of cloud.  It stretched from Hope, BC over to us and then continued.

This was the forerunner to the weather changes leading to our current slightly rainy weather.

It was wonderful to be flying again .. up in the air so high, everything down below seems like a little toy world.

Then on Saturday, full sun!   Felt kind of lazy, garden wise .. it’s the same every year.  Impatient to be outside getting my hands in the soil .. and then .. sort of like wandering around, daydreaming as to what I’ll be doing here and there.

Brought out my EM, mixed some with water and added to some plantings.

A friend of mine will be travelling and I’ll be looking after her plants .. so while she is off exploring, her plants will be at “club med” relaxing in the sun.  They are all placed together so they can communicate with each other.  I’ve given them all a healthy watering of EM, so that feels quite good .. nice healthy microbial action to liven up the soil and give these plants a good diet.

Can you see the photos of the cedars with the sweaters?  She just happened to have 2 matching woolen sweaters (English, don’t you know!) and placed them over the burlap covered rootballs, so that there wouldn’t be any soil loss, while they were being moved.   And now the trees are in planters for the summer and coming seasons, till the time is right for them to be moved again.  They are safe here.

So then I had to mix up more EM and watered all the plants in this side area of the garden.

Then I had a nice surprise conversation with my gardening neighbour, M .. the lovely lady who constantly gives me perennials, and lettuce and other vegetables during the growing season.  She also gives me tips on propagating (roses, she always takes cuttings, puts them in soil filled containers, with a glass covering and slowly, they grow roots!!).

So on Saturday, I’m trying to explain the wonderful new things I’ve learned in my OMG course and when I said the word “mycorrhizal” .. her eyes lit up!   And when I showed her the blueberry cuttings in sand (they are sprouting leaves already) she noted that there is more air in the sand so that is a good growing medium.

Then, she tells me that she was a teacher in the Ukraine!  And she taught biology, chemistry and (I think) botany!  OMG .. what a treasure and she is my neighbour!!!  She is working on improving her English .. which is radically different from the sentence structure in Ukrainian.  I am so looking forward to learning more gardening knowledge from her, as her English improves.

The key word was “mycorrhizal” .. and I’m so glad that I worked hard to understand & remember the significance of this word.

Anyway .. after all this … DH comes home and it’s off to the airport we go!   A local flight .. and yee-haw .. it’s magic to be back in the air.

And on Sunday, we were up up up and away .. gone the whole day.  Spent lovely time at the flying club … time to tend the garden, I must go out there sometime with my clippers and strings to support the sweet peas .. still growing from last year!  And time to transplant a few of the bigger plants.  Always something to do.  And I think I will apply some EM to the plants there also.

Well .. time to get going on this day.  I’ve read in the  paper that there is now a “green roof” full of native plants at the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary.  I’ve noticed the structure being built, was curious .. really look forward to seeing this green roof first hand.

So now I’ll try not to spend 3 hours on my walk there!  But it’s so hard when there are so many beautiful things to see!


p.s. I came across this article a few weeks ago .. about Miracle Gro birdseed, the company knowingly added pesticides to the birdseed… , despite the advise of their ornathologists – how many wild and domestic birds have been poisoned?  I’m going to contact the sources of the birdseed that I’ve been buying, to find out what they have to say about their products.  Scary.  Who would have thought that an innocent product like birdseed would be contaminated?


And I’ve just gone downstairs to check my bird feed supplies and what do I see but the name “Scotts” on the front of the package.  So I visited the website that is listed on label, and it is the Scotts Miracle Gro birdseed site.  Now I feel quite sick about having fed the wild birds this suet.  So I’ve e-mailed the store where I purchased the suet, asking that they discontinue selling  this product.  And I’ve just sent off an e-mail to the Scotts birdseed site.  www.scottswildbirdfood.ca berating them for knowingly adding the pesticides.

This is truly a “Buyer – Beware” situation.  From now on I’ll stick to the plain fat that I can get from the supermarket meat department.  Thrifty Foods is quite helpful in that respect.

As for the remaining unopened suet block that remains, well, I’ll be treating that like hazardous waste.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

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Oh, Thursday was a magnificently lovely sunny day!  A tiny bit chilly in the morning .. but it soon warmed up!

Went for a long walk in the morning to a large stationery store … I’m organizing my gardening information and wanted to buy some plastic sleeves.   Then on to Michael’s, to pick up some inexpensive wooden items.  These included some wooden frames for pictures … I plan to play with these, stain them with watered down paints and add some glitter in the way of costume jewellery bits and then insert some garden pics.  This won’t be happening anytime soon, but perhaps in a few weeks.

Also picked up some small wooden “china” cabinets.  They remind me of one we had in our house while growing up.  I’ll stain this one with watered down acrylics, or maybe I’ll just use some glaze with a bit of burnt umber to give it an interesting look .. but first a base of paint.  Then the glaze.   Yes, I’ve done this before, transforming garage sale bits and pieces into some funky looking furniture.  Fun.  Cheap.  Ii mean .. um . inexpensive and a way to recycle, reuse.

I am becoming so aware of the trees and plants around me, thanks to the recent pruning sessions and the Native Plant Workshop that I recently attended.  I feel as if I’m uncovering layer upon layer of depths of understanding regarding our natural world.

It’s a bit like being in a 3-D atmosphere.  Noticing horrible pruning attempts and ivies climbing trees on the boulevards.   Shiver.  Happy to see lots of native plants in some areas, though, in particular the local library.  I’ll post pics of these tomorrow.

Takes awhile for all this information to sink in though .. and it is .. a bit at a time.  That’s the fun part.

I’ve always thought that having earthworms in the soil is a good thing.   They digest the soil and leave valuable castings behind them, mixing up the minerals in the soil.  I’ve learned that the red wigglers in the container compost are different from the earthworms.  They can’t survive in the soil that the earthworms thrive in.

And then I’ve just learned that there is another type of earthworm, the european earthworm, which is threatening the forests of some areas in Minnesota.

These european earthworms are destroying the habitat for oven birds in northern Midwest forests http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-02/s-sse022912.php

It’s the domino effect .. the worms eat the rich layer of leaf litter on the forest floor, the birds have much less nesting material and thus are more visible and vulnerable to predators.  They have to go farther to find suitable nesting areas, there is less habitat for them.

“Because the forested areas of the Midwest U.S. were once covered in glaciers, there are no native earthworm species present in the soil. “These earthworm-free forests developed a slow fungus-based decomposition process characterized by a deep organic litter layer on the forest floor,” to quote Scott Loss of the University of Minnesota.

Ecosystems have evolved for a reason.  And the loss of one item causes a chain reaction for the rest.

Well, this will be short and sweet .. I’ve been spending a lot of time working on an assignment and I just want to play out side .. however, I feel that I am learning lots and lots and this will be beneficial later on.  I am not someone who gladly sits at a desk typing and reading all day .. I need to dig, shovel, plan, move .. so plan on doing that tomorrow.

Oh, back to my story about shopping for plastic sheet protectors.  I was lucky enough to gather up a treasure trove of handouts on native plant gardening (by the CRD) at the Native Plant workshop a few days ago.  So I spent some time yesterday inserting these into their respective sleeves and they are now all arranged tidily in a binder  – which I happened to find in my supplies, so was spared purchasing one for this purpose.

I know for a fact how easily paper can get lost!  So having my gardening information in a binder, protected by a layer of plastic to protect the pages against any Yorkshire Tea spillage will proved to be a good.  Although I did manage to jostle my tea mug yesterday as I was involved in this project and luckily was able to blot up the offending tea droplets with a dishcloth.

Oh, what a life I do lead, though!!  🙂

Anyway, I need to finish my assignment and then I can go outside!!


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Sunday, February 12, 2012

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Friday .. Friday …Friday .. the weather was still a bit overcast … as I set off on my morning walk.   Wanted to go to Swan Lake, but at the same time, wanted to check out the sale at Home Outfitters at the Tillicum Mall.

Didn’t take long to get there .. most likely under 30 minutes.   And travelling via the Galloping Goose, I avoided most of the traffic.

This store is full of attractive things for sale .. but I went straight to the scatter rug section, chose a few, walked around.   Many things caught my eye .. but I know what DH would say .. his voice is in my head.  Comments such as “we don’t need this”  “we already have that” .. so I enjoyed the looking and resisted the buying.   I must say that my impulse buying has greatly decreased during the past few years.

Except when it comes to gardening items … and I just listen to my own inner guide “hey, you just have to have that (book, plant, whatever)” .. ha ha ha ha

Then I enjoyed the walk back home.  What did I do that day?   It seems so far away.  Oh, I checked on the birds, made sure their feeders contained food.

Studied again.  Wondering if I will ever learn all this new terminology in the Organic Master Gardening Course!  Well, I’m being hard on myself .. the words are slowly creeping into my knowledge base.  As a matter of fact, I’ve recently been finding myself waking up with the new words tumbling through my mind, with the visualization of garden bacteria performing their duties.  Little flow charts emphasizing the activity going on in the soil.

It’s really all a matter of the most ingenious magic.  All from nature!

Then .. well .. I got to thinking about that sale at Home Outfitters.. and decided to take a break and just make a quick trip to the store.   Chose more of the little area rugs.  So handy to have in the kitchen and at interior doorways.   Picked up some pretty flowered ones and some with Italian wording.  Quite cheerful.   And DH was quite happy to see my purchases and shared my enthusiasm with their usefullness throughout the house.  Besides, the cats love cuddling up on the warm soft surface so that’s another bonus!

Yesterday was our first outdoor class and it was all about composting.  Everyone gathered at the home of the classmate who was having the pallet-compost structure built.  All materials that each person donated was brought to the back yard.

Our instructor, Tamara, spoke to us beforehand, on the history of composting, the bacteria that reside therein .. and why and what happens.   Oh my .. I had no idea of all the interactions that took place.

We assembled outside and the structure began to take shape.   And the layers were added. Quite lovely material, too:  hay, aged manure (both horse and chicken), kitchen scraps, pieces of cardboard, ground up arbutus branches, some volcanic rock dust lightly scattered, leaves .. layer upon layer.

The finished compost looked stunning!

The hours swiftly passed as Tamara explained the properties of the structures.  She showed us examples of other composting items.   And then it was time to make the worm composters out of Rubbermaid containers.  I made one, and it’s now on our sundeck.  I feel as if they are pets, as I need to give them little bits of food from time to time.  The values of this compost will greatly enrich the garden.

I’m really enjoying delving further and further in this magnificent gardening world.  Meeting so many lovely, interesting people.

Enjoying the journey!

After a nice cup of mint medley tea .. I then decided to go to the Esquimalt Lagoon to seek any kelp materials.

Found myself collecting rounded bits of bricks for the garden.  Glad I’d brought a carry bag in my purse .. ahem .. it was soon full.

Along the way, spoke with some doggie parents.   And then I met Misty and Dusty .. sibling brother and sister.  What beautiful dogs they were!  Very friendly.  And Misty is a mischevious little gal, playfully teasing her brother!!   She’d get this little look on her face, grab her stick and then just brush by her brother.  He’d start to run after her and she’d just move direction.   It was quite funny to watch, actually!

That was a fun interlude!

Then, time to return home … so I gathered my (heavy) bag of bricks, made my way to my little car and soon was driving homewards!

Saturday was a very good day!


P.S.   here are some powerful inspirational gardening articles about amazing people, against all odds, improving our earth .. must reads!  http://grist.org/industrial-agriculture/farmers-advance-in-their-suit-against-monsanto/ and http://grist.org/urban-agriculture/2011-12-08-new-agtivist-edith-floyd-is-making-an-urban-farm-lot-by-lot/


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Sunday, February 5, 2012

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Friday was going to be fully devoted to studying .. so first I decided to not go for a quick (ha ha ) walk to Swan Lake.    That would have been at least a 2 hour block of time, plus time spent outside.  So I spent time going through my study materials.  And .. slowly .. the new vocabulary of understanding is making its way through to my mind.

I figure that once I have a much better understanding of the activity of the critters in the soil and how they interact with each other – then I’ll be happy.   Once I can easily explain what I know, then the knowledge will be more fully settled in my brain.

Wouldn’t it be fun if I could just hold the books to my forehead and do a Star Trek mind-meld!  Unfortunately, learning has to be done the old-fashioned way.

We did a soil texture test in class on Thursday and today I’ll be writing up my analysis on one of the two samples (or perhaps I’ll prepare an analysis for each of them).   It’s fascinating to see the 3 layers settle.  Sand at the bottom, silt in the middle and clay at the top.

Here’s a good link to understanding soil:  http://urbanext.illinois.edu/soil/SoilBiology/fw&soilhealth.htm

It is listed in our classroom information and has very important, easy to understand information on soil.

Anyway .. yesterday I worked away again .. and I’m beginning to think about soil all the time .. this course is very challenging to me.  And I find that I am quite enjoying the challenge of learning the new concepts that this in-depth study of the ecosystems of gardening quite exciting!

Also yesterday, DH & I went flying .. it’s been a long time.  Beautiful sunny day .. as we flew around .. I started looking at the fields and farms below me in a new way.  Wondering which farms were using organic methods and which were using pesticides.

Enjoyed the magnificent beauty of the snow-covered mountains below … we wiggled our wings at some snowmobilers who were blazing trails high on a hilltop.   Glad to see other happy people out and enjoying the day.

Magical being up in the sky … not much traffic in the early afternoon.    Lovely .. lovely .. lovely ..

Then …. back to terra firma … while DH fueled up the plane, I tended to my co-pilot duties … assisting in pushing the plane back to it’s “parking spot”, tying up the ropes to the wings & tail, putting the reflector back against the interior windshield, buckling up seat belts nice and tidy.

Once everything was done .. we sat outside in the sunshine.  As DH filled out the logbook, I took the opportunity to read my course book .. noticing as I did so .. that more and more of the terminology is becoming a little more familiar.  Gadzooks!!

Back home .. we decided to use one of our Groupons to visit the Flying Otter restaurant.  And to combine this with exercise, we decided to leave the car at home and walk there .. it’s really a short 45 minute walk to downtown .. and it was such a lovely day.

Walking along the Galloping Goose .. we heard someone call out those words “to your left” and expected to see another bicyclist zoom by .. instead, we saw this cool recumbent bike, complete with a cover, resembled a low slung racecar.  I managed to take a quick pic before it sped away.

It’s been months since we’ve been downtown and there are so many changes going on.  The famous Blue Bridge will soon disappear .. there will be a more “modern” one built as a replacement.

We made our way to the Flying Otter .. a floating restaurant.  Full of tables facing the water.  We managed to get a nice high table nice and close to the bar.  I was noticing the bartender filling glasses with a variety of beers from the taps and was quite interested in one that was sort of rose colour.  He poured me a little taste and I was hooked.  I love bitter beers and this filled the bill with the additional delicate taste of black currants.

The food was delicious and the service was upbeat.  We plan to return.

It was so much fun walking along, arm in arm – downtown.  Years ago, before the city grew so much, the streets were quite quiet and we used to visit the downtown area often.   So it was a treat to do this again.  Although, this is the quiet season, quite a change in the summer time.   I much prefer this time of the year to visit here.

We made our way over to the bus stop … and find that we just missed the one that would take us home … debated over just standing there waiting .. or just simply walk home.  And we did just that!   In no time at all, it seemed, we were at our front door!

Home sweet home!   In just 3 hours we had walked to town, dined on a lovely meal and walked home again.  No parking concerns.  No traffic concerns!

Saturday was a great day.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2011

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Well … I have the first class of the organic master garden course under my belt .. but not totally in my mind yet.  Last night I learned that I was not as knowledgeable about gardening as I’d previously thought.

I’d travelled with the rest of the moving parking lot that is the Colwood Crawl at 5:30 (I wanted to be early to class) .. an accident had just happened at the 6 Mile Pub and I was fortunate enough to have missed that one.

Funny how last night, the first night of the class (because snow had cancelled the classes for last week) .. was dark and rainy .. exactly the same weather that I drove through for the Information session on the course, a mere 2 weeks ago.  Not being a great night driver, especially on such a dark and rainy night .. I wasn’t going to let the weather deter me from the class.  Except for the snow, but thank goodness that Royal Roads had cancelled them.

I had brought with me 3 treasures of garden books … A-Z latin names and a few others .. along with my binder and my water bottle.   Imagine my surprise when I parked my car, grabbed my bag from the passenger seat and saw that the seat was soaked!  What the hey ….. had a window been open?  I quickly reached into my bag and, oh boy, the stopper (which I swore was tightly closed) had become loose and there was water everywhere.

Luckily, there wasn’t much damage done and I paper blotted the moisture and finally took the books to a hand dryer and let the warm air evaporate the balance of the pages.  Now I have delicately rippled pages and I’ll try to iron them flat.


For the next 3 hours and 20 minutes …. the doors to new worlds opened to me and I gladly ventured forth.  We learned about the secret inner workings of plants, what makes them tick, how they work and all sorts of intimate details.

Over the years, I’d read about the damages that pesticides cause .. to the soil, the environment, animals, birds, insects, people.  But nothing prepared me for the in depth explanations that were spelled out last night.   And again, I was aware that there are big companies making big money out of chemicals, ensuring that “problems” were eradicated so that maximum growth would ensure huge fail-safe crops.

In the past I’d read articles of how chemicals killed the soil and how some farmers were taking care to bring back a natural balance to the soil, introducing a variety of insects, encouraging weeds to grow.

But, I’d never been aware before last night how far reaching the money and power people can cause laws to change, in a snap of the fingers, to allow GM products.   There was a sombre mood in the class as we each felt the significance of  pesticides on farmland and gardens.

Among the positive things, our instructor talked about permaculture  and here’s a site that explains it:  http://permacultureprinciples.com/ and there are many more.

In this course we will be learning so very much information and I am so fired up with all that I learned last night.  A terrific benefit of this course is that, as a student, we are able to logon to Gaia College, access their library and also connect to gardening forums.  I’ve visited one this morning and I’m in heaven.

Anyway, I have so very much work to do, to view again the videos and slideshows that were presented last night, make copious notes, read, read, read.    To go over and over the information that was given.  Read a chapter of our course book.  Read, read and read some more.

The College uses Firefox as the web browser for the online information.  I’ve downloaded it …. totally agree with what this program is all about!  My life is speeding ahead in a new stage of growth and I’m so very very energized!

Anyway, time to start studying and making notes.

I am enjoying this learning curve tremendously!


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Wednesday, November 15, 2011

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Yesterday was heavenly .. a tantalizing reminder of our very brief summer!

Outside in the yard, bright and early .. yesterday was a day fully devoted to gardening.  I decided that I would propagate whatever I could.

To start off with, I set up a work area in my garden area and fetched my trusty ole ex-patio table.   Scrubbed and cleaned up .. it will never be pristine again, but it sure works well as a portable working area.  Next I brought over two of those amazing Styrofoam rooting trays.

They are just perfect for long roots to develop.  The cells are deep and tapered, allowing plenty of room for this purpose and the Styrofoam is a good insulator against the cold.

These are what I used last year for the Boxwood cuttings … which rooted very well and today I plan to pot them up.

I had researched how to best propagate Salal and found that cuttings aren’t that effective, neither are seeds from the berries.  Hmpf, I’ll try cuttings in these trays .. and will give it a year to see how they work out (fingers crossed!).

First of all, I had to address the problem of the openings at the bottom of the trays.  They need some kind of a covering so that the soil doesn’t keep falling out.  Previously I’d placed little bits of gravel at the bottom.  Then I tried little pieces of newspaper.  Surely there must be something better that I could use.

Suddenly there was a little flurry of falling leaves from the Cherry tree!  Eureka, those will be perfect, why didn’t I think of the obvious?  So I collected a handful of leaves and started placing a few in each cell, pushing them down with a bamboo stake.

Then I thought, well, the leaves will decompose nicely, so why don’t I put a fair number of them in each cell, these will insulate the bottom better and will add nourishment to the roots.   So I filled up a plant pot with handfuls of leaves and started layering them quite thickly in the bottom of the cells.

Next I prepared some good soil mixture.   Mixed some sea soil with composted soil.  Then I broke open my lovely package of coconut fibre, added water to break up the wafers and combined that with the soil.  Perfect.

I purchased this fibre at Home Hardware.  Looking at the package, I see that the fibre comes from Vietnam and has been packaged for Home Hardware.  Excellent.  I will not use peat moss again … as explained on the package, removing peat moss is very bad for the environment, and it takes 200 years for it to form.   Very very very bad!  Yea for coconut fibre!  Very very very good!!  🙂

It was difficult to keep working as the birds were continually flying around, having little tussles with each other.   Chirping, flying, nibbling on the suet and bird seed.  At one point, hearing a rustle on the ground, I happened to look up and was pleased to see a little V of Geese flying low over the yard .. they hadn’t started honking yet!

Sweet little White Crowned Sparrow joined the Dark Eyed Juncos’, Chestnut Backed Chickadees, Red Breasted Nuthatch and other Sparrows.  Overhead a Starling sang out.  He really is a beautiful looking bird with his variegated markings.

I wondered again .. what has become of the birds that used to live by the lakes and ponds of Babe’s honey farm? Now that they are all filled in.

Those rooting trays must hold about 100 cells .. I filled them with the soil mixture.  Then, what to use to create an opening in the soil filled cell .. I needed something very narrow and pointy.  Ahah!  Those fondue forks that I’ve saved from recycling!  (and one day, I’ll paint the wooden handles a pale colour and will script plant names on them, but just not today) .  They worked perfectly.

Next it was time to trim the Salal, dip them in rooting hormone and insert in the cells.  That certainly took awhile to complete.  After this was done, I decided to propagate some Buddleia.. . so this involved a trip around the yard.  I gathered branches from 3 plants .. white, orange and purple.

Clip, strip, and after a while this duty was finished.

Then there were other cuttings .. from a few plants that were accidentally clipped when I was working on the front yard . .not labelled yet . I’ll call these “surprise” plants.  I’ll be surprised if they root and if they do, I’ll look up the names.

Next, time to pot up rooted ivy (for the fence) and Sweet Woodruff.

By this time, the skies were becoming dark, it was getting difficult to see in the dusk .. Daylight Saving Time!!  So I tidied up my work area … and prepared to call it a day.

But wait .. DH had set aside some landscape ties to use in the front yard.  Now these aren’t needed .. so I can use them, yea!  So I brought these to my garden area.  Think that I’ll use them to make a temporary propagating section.  I’ll form a rectangular section in the yard, fill with lots of leaves and then place the rooting trays in them.  Nice and comfy for winter!

It was a great day … and I think today will be another sunny one ..so out I go to garden again.

Oh joy.


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