10 Jul 2014, 4:26pm
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Veggie Garden

Milkweed out in the wild verge.

That’d be nice to have planted, to attract some butterflies and because the little boats of pods and silk are fond memories.

I envy the cultivar daisies but I want wild daisies for a sunny spot, and trilliums, dog-tooth violets, all the native forest floor plants to reinstate what was once here a couple centuries ago.

Know what would also be nice? To have peppers survive to our table. The second big one was swiped. Them being eaten at the picnic table is civil of the critters and all, but I’d rather see the pepper turn red.

I suppose gardening is a variation on plant a tree you will never sit under the shade of.

I thought the pole beans didn’t come up but when I look closer I see the ones that did are chewed to the ground. Chicken wire is now around the survivors.

Radishes are coming up. First and second planting are weeks apart but thanks to the heat and rains all coming together this week, they’re the same size.

And some squash that was way past proper planting time but threw in the ground anyway? Three of them coming up.

Such amazing fertility of seed. You could rake and bale the amount of sow weeds and creeping joe and manitoba maple seedlings and crab grass. Where invasive species meets invasive species, that’s a kind of rainforest thriving, except everything is inches tall.

15 Oct 2013, 9:34pm
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Old Barns

stool for trimming hooves
stool for trimming hooves, and halters.

shank hung up

bale worn smooth by necks of decades of herefords.

harness in the salt sink.

porcupines chewing where the salt bag sat
where the salt bag sat, chewed by porcupines.

The manger generations of kittens were born under.

window in the manger.

horse blanket, empty stall.

Our World Tuesday/Wordless Wednesday.

Quote: “A jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one.” ~ Sam Rayburn

The Importance of the Prairie Grasslands

Ready, set? Time for 13 things.

  1. It’s funny when travelling with 2 changes of clothes, I always have something to wear but look at a closetful and I can say, I got nothin’. Working while travelling, I have things to read and write. Back home, there’s an infinitely long to-do list.
  2. Decision Paralysis has a cure: Start Somewhere.
  3. it is personal. there are main streams of patterns. it is personal. there are main streams of patterns.
    Tracks. Must follow. It sinks quite a lot in the mire. It must be a big Heffalump.
  4. why Pooh, it's you
    Why Pooh, it’s you.
  5. (I knew that.)
  6. On a more serious note, we have some people doing truly useful things, such as Dr. Alberto Yanosky, executive director of BirdLife Partner Guyra Paraguay. He has won the 2013 National Geographic Society/Buffett Award for Leadership in Latin American Conservation.
  7. Alberto Yanosky
    Alberto Yanosky has been helping preserve natural habitats sine the 80s. He’s pictured here at a welcome to the Grassland tour organized by Public Pastures-Public Interest.
  8. He’s talking about what he’s learned with local people to Saskatchewan who are pressing the importance of keeping unbroken tracts of pasture ecology, and managing it with the help of ranchers.
  9. The issue at stake is that formerly publicly community owned pastures (larger than Prince Edward Island) is being transferred to the Federal and Provincial government with that possibly being sold to private citizens. The risk there is chopping up the continuity into tract houses. Like forests habitats, pastures work best in uninterrupted stretches, not as scattered islands. Here’s some info on Community Pasture System.
  10. You may have seen that our knowledge of grasslands is inching up. One diligent fellow has learned to translate some of prairie dog language which can convey some details of size, shape, species, speed and if human, if armed. (If we can get a bit of rodent speech, maybe human’s might not all be dullards.)Cadmus DelormeDr. Lynn Wells, Vice President Academic.Dr. Fidji GendronTrevor HerriotAlumni Cadmus Delorme, Dr. Lynn Wells, Vice President Academic of First Nations University, Prairie Biologist and Professor Dr. Fidji Gendron, and Trevor Herriot (who has spent decades observing grassland birds and has a book on them.). They talked about the key importance of valuing the species of the grasslands.
  11. Graeme GibsonMargaret Atwood  press scrum
    There’s a fundraiser dinner tonight in Regina with Graeme Gibson and Margaret Atwood.
  12. There’ll be other noteable guests. Glenn Olson of the National Audubon Society, Rob Clay of BirdLife International, Dr. Alberto Yanosky, from Paraguay, Southern Cone initiative and BirdLife International and Ian Davidson, Executive Director of Nature Canada. And a media conference on Friday.

  13. Here’s a few second video of a crayfish as zhe battles the whitecaps washing in at Lumsden Beach, Saskatchewan.

Noteable Quoteable: “Funny, how gentle people get with you once you’re dead.” ~ Joe Gillis, Sunset Boulevard

24 Jun 2012, 9:00am
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What Grows

The cucumber in its private greenhouse of a pop bottle blooms. As delicious as its stems are (apparently) no one dug under and threw off the top.

red pepper plant
One of the surviving red bell peppers in chicken wire. It won’t get an identity crisis and start laying eggs I presume.

The cayenne ran out but it nothing ate the eggplant while it was dusted. The new enclosure should prevent the carrying away of other seeds.

yellow banana pepper blossom
The first blossom of the banana pepper.

salad mix, the early days
Salad greens, the early days.

beans and their strings
Remember those wee bean sprouts?

the tomatoes start their blooming
Tomatoes are coming.

Water has arrived.

Quote: “The shovel is my companion species” ~ Monty Reid, In the Garden

26 Apr 2012, 9:58am
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This Gardening Stuff is Complex

seedling technique needs work
Our seeding technique needs work; when they say plant a bunch, wait a week or two and plant again for successive crops, ‘let the first round die off’ is not implied.

The tomatoes are fine. The arugula died off.

In in round 2, calibrating how much water brought mould-cover to take over the basil.

Round 3. Peat moss pucks are about the size of one-bite brownies once rehydrated. They were sitting on a tray on the counter by moonlight. Hubby came home and presumed brownies! I came around the corner of the kitchen just as one was being lifted to his mouth. A narrowly averted strange facial expression as he chews.

Ah, back to home ground of what I know better: Tonight rob and I give a talk/Q&A on contemporary poetry at the National Library & Archives.

Quote: “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” ~ Chauncey Depew [via Comfort Spiral]

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