Monday, March 09, 2009

Springtime in Canada

It was just over a week ago I said goodbye to Saskatchewan,



touched down briefly in Calgary...



and then returned to Victoria where the herring run is in full flow, which brings out the fishermen



and the seabirds, including mergansers,



as well as harbour seals --and the odd otter.



Meanwhile, thoughts turn to plantings; I have some wading pools and car tires ready to roll. I'd heard that you can plant lots of potatoes using a stacking method and car tires, so I'm going to try that. On the other hand, this guy has had pretty good luck growing everything from corn to eggplant to okra in his Tennessee garden using 163 car tires. The wading pool idea came from this article about inner city gardening, which says they last at least 6 years in Chicago, so hopefully will prove even more durable here. The article also describes using car tires (with plastic liners), feed bags (you can use big burlap sacks as well) or other discarded containers like wooden crates, bricks, barrels, and plastic pails with holes in them.

But at present I don't have to do anything more than plan, since we had a surprise snowfall this morning - though it is melting as best it can.



Luckily there's poetry to keep us warm. I'm looking forward to David Cavanagh's reading at Planet Earth Poetry this Friday.

2 Comments:

Blogger the regina mom said...

Great pics again, Rhona. And great info, too. I tried the potatoes in tires one year but failed to provide them with enough water to grow a decent crop. But I did get a few and found it a great way to use limited space in my yard at the time.

I see that Isa Milman is reading with David. Please pass my best wishes on to her. She's a sister colonist from a few years ago...in fact, she stayed in my studio...

5:40 PM  
Blogger Rhona McAdam said...

Thanks! Yes, will certainly pass your regards to Isa - a bit of an omission on my part. I expect she will be reading from that very book she was researching in SK: http://www.coteaubooks.com/bookpages/PrairieKaddish.html

10:17 AM  

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