Garden Tip of the Week

by Leslie Cox; Monday; November 29, 2021

An easy way to mix your compost into the soil is to spread it over your garden in late fall. Cover with a mulch of hay or chopped leaves and let nature take its course. Come spring, the winter weather and the soil organisms will have worked the compost in for you.


Quote of the Week

by Leslie Cox; Sunday; November 28, 2021

Shall I not have intelligence with the earth?
Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself?

~ Henry David Thoreau

This week in the garden

by Leslie Cox; Saturday; November 27, 2021

Everything is soggy. The third atmospheric river in the last two weeks has reached the east side of Vancouver Island and there is a rainfall warning in effect for 50 – 70 mm (2 – 2.75 in) of rain for parts of this side of the island today.

Luckily for us, that rainfall warning ends to the south of us in the Fanny Bay area which means our rainfall amount will fall short of 50 mm. Good thing. As of yesterday, I have recorded a total of 419 mm (16.5 in) of rain so far this month. We “only” got 332 mm (13 in) of rain in the month of October, hence why everything in the garden is soggy.

Soggy plants are definitely not a good thing. In fact, it can spell death to many plants…the exception being those plants which are classified as “marginal”. (I will talk about these later.) When the crown of the plant…the part where the stems emerge and which should be planted at, or just slightly above, the level of the soil…is under water it starts to decay. In effect, the crown cannot breathe and therefore drowns, killing the plant. A slow, agonizing death for your plant, or plants. And sadly, because our plants are dormant this time of year, there are no visible signs of stress. Except one.

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Foto Friday

by Leslie Cox; Friday; November 26, 2021

This immature Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii) arrived in our garden recently.
It was definitely very interested in adding one or more of our small seed-eating 
birds – towhee, junco, sparrow – to its lunch menu.


Quote of the Week

by Leslie Cox; Sunday; November 7, 2021

I don’t really care how time is reckoned so long as there is some agreement about it, 
but I object to being told that I am saving daylight when my reason tells me I am 
doing nothing of the kind.

 I even object to the implication that I am wasting something valuable if I stay 
in bed after the sun has risen.

 As an admirer of moonlight. I resent the bossy insistence of those who want to 
reduce my time for enjoying it.

 At the back of the daylight-saving scheme, I detect the bony, blue-fingered hand 
of Puritanism, eager to push people into bed earlier, and get them up earlier, 
to make them healthy, wealthy and wise in spite of themselves.

~ Robertson Davies

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