Friday, June 15, 2012
Thursday started out as an overcast, windy and chilly day. Which later changed to a sunny and occasionally windy day. Perfect for drying off the small batch of rock weed gathered at the beach a few days ago. Air smells lovely with the scent of the sea, mineral laden air, how lovely..
I spread the small amount of the rock weed into a number of deep sided, woven baskets so that the brisk winds could freely enter these containers, without swirling the contents into the air. Seems to have been effective, they are drying .. although they’ll need to sit in the sun for a few more hours. Today is perfect.
Making sure that the bird feeders are kept filled so that our winged friends can dine in style! I see the colourful House Finches queueing up at one feeder. The slightly nasal chirp of the Chestnut-Backed Chickadees sound throughout the yard … they visit the feeders and the suet blocks. They must be getting used to me, as I was standing by the feeder and one by one, they flew to the feeder, quickly chose a tiny black oiled sunflower, tightly held between their talons and pecked away the hard shell, and munched on the tender meat of the seed.
Is it just my imagination or are these birds a little tired from taking care of the youngsters? The amazing magical instinctual nurturing is taking place in the current raising of feathery offspring. I certainly hope that I can see some of the young Chickadees and Bush-Tits flying around.
Yesterday I had a goal .. which was to continue clearing away my propagating area and to create another small growing space for those amazing Kentucky Wonder Beans. Found myself spending hours digging out rooted cuttings of lavender, bay laurel, Buddleia, Artemisia. Potted them up … plan to either install them in a garden area, or leave in pots for another year, so that they can grow a little more before being planted.
Time disappeared .. and all that existed was the exciting discovery of strong root growth in these little cuttings that I’d started last fall. The natural processes of the life force in the cuttings worked away quietly during the fall, winter and spring seasons.
I think how far my garden knowledge has come since this time last year. Hard to believe that I really thought that I had so much garden expertise at that time. My gardening life totally changed once I began the Organic Master Gardening program through Gaia College, held at Royal Roads University.
Now I am aware of the millions of life forms that exist in the soil beneath my feet. The beneficial and cyclical world that I was so unaware of. And the amazing power of EM (effective microorganisms). That alone was worth the cost and time of the course.
I’m constantly preparing batches of EM for the garden. The plants have grown so well, healthy, strong, and I just can’t single out one plant that is doing so magnificently. As a matter of fact, every single plant, from the garlic to the blueberries .. the apple and plum trees also. The tomatoes .. the strawberries .. .all are amazing.
Power to the EM!!
And I’m still finding little “treasures” in the yard … that somehow keep popping up! yesterday I found a small section of plastic train track beneath an apple tree. From whence it came, I do not know . .yet, there it was! Curious .. I picked it up. Perhaps a bird flew by and dropped it there?
Anyway .. back out to the yard .. and more EM to be established on plantings. Today will be a sunshiny day .. and rain is expected for the weekend! Good for the plants.