Monday, March 28, 2011

Feeling under the snow

I must admit that writing posts in winter ( regardless what the calendar says) is difficult. In real life I am an observer not a talker, and I guess that is how I am in blog land too. You will not find glorious photos of plants past or present on an ongoing basis. I am not good at small talk and so figuring out what to write about when life seems ever so quiet is asking quite a lot of me. Add that Canadians have winter a large time of the year and it makes me wonder about having a garden blog at all. 

No it is not the blahs, the blahs happen in February. In fact it has been very nice weather-wise apart from the snow and the cold. The sun shines and the skies are a cloudless blue. But last week I had snowdrops poking their way out of the ground and on Wednesday they were covered again in 6 inches of that white wonder -where-the-heck-did-you-come-from-wonder. So if you are reading this, know there is a pout on my face, but be kind and don't judge too harshly. Spring will be here soon.

Bloodroot in April 2010

Big P.S.:
I have been asked to give a talk for a small fund-raising event this weekend on The Women and the Garden. I may post about it on that blog later.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Seedy Saturday at the RBG

Back at the end of February I volunteered at the Seedy Saturday through my Master Gardener group at the Royal Botanical Gardens. It is a small event where seed enthusiasts can trade seeds or buy from local seed growers. It seemed to attract the vegetable growers primarily and the master gardeners were there to answer questions and give good solid gardening advice. 

An interesting vendor was a fellow from Willow Creek who was selling soil blockers. I laughed to myself when I spied his table because I had brought with me some gardening books and a Fine Gardening magazine from last year with an article on soil blockers! The soil blockers come in a few sizes and are for creating small blocks of soil in which your seeds or seedlings are planted.

If you have the large sizes as well you can replant your seedlings in a larger size block of soil without removing it from the original, thereby reducing damage to the fine young roots. Pretty cool ! No, I did not buy a soil blocker.

Another vendor were the folks from Seeds of Diversity. From their website: "Seeds of Diversity is a Canadian volunteer organization that conserves the biodiversity and traditional knowledge of food crops and garden plants. Seeds of Diversity is the source for information about heritage seeds, seed saving, plant diversity, garden history and your own garden heritage."  Here's the link to their web page. We could use more groups like this to protect our older seed species. If you have a seed saving project near you consider donating a bit of $$, it is for the future.

I picked up some arugula seeds and some purple orach. I had never heard of orach before, but it seems to be a purple version of an edible similar to spinach. Apparently it can be prolific too. We shall see. But first I want to find out how tasty, or not, it is. All in all a pleasant way to spend a few hours.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Tropical Island Infinite Photo

The National Geographic posted an interesting photographic display of the various flora and fauna found on and around the island of Mo'orea located in the South Pacific.
Thought you might enjoy this.   
Click here for the link.