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07-18-2013 06:17 AM

Another backyard 'whatisit?' - 15 replies

It resembles American Chestnut but I believe I am outside the natural range and the leaf margins are not quite chestnut. But then, it doesn’t look like American Beech either. I am in Zone 4. It’s very small, growing in a spot which was hacked down by the previous owners – currently only about 500mm ( 1 1/2 ft) high. ...

06-09-2013 07:55 AM

Plant - what is it? - 3 replies

I don’t know if this is a native or just left over from previous landscaping ( I just moved in last year to this house and the house is 60 years old and mostly devoid of landscaping but it does have a ‘wild’ area mostly in the back. ) Here’s what I do know:Zone 4, Eastern CanadaGrows in shade.Deciduous.Leaves: ...

04-08-2013 07:50 PM

What is this bird? - 6 replies

Spotted in the forest in western Quebec on 8 April, 2013. Chicken like, scratching in the freshly opened leaf litter under the trees as the snow is retreating. Not overly fussed about me passing by it. Is this a type of pheasant? It was pretty slow moving and at first I thought it was sick or dying, but on the drive back from the forest...

09-10-2012 02:14 PM

Quebec's Maple Syrup Fort Knox gets ripped off - 4 replies

I found this interesting:The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers is responsible for the global strategic maple syrup reserve! Millions of dollars worth of maple syrup stolen from Quebec warehouse Josh Visser | Aug 31, 2012 9...

05-13-2011 07:26 AM

Naked Gardening - 16 replies

May 14, 2011 is the sixth annual World Naked Gardening Day From the WNGD's website ( warning – some nudity!) “Why garden naked? First of all, it’s fun! Second only to swimming, gardening is at the top of the list of family-friendly activities people are most ready to consider doing nude. Moreover, our culture needs to mov...

12-18-2010 09:15 PM

Another method of winter sowing - 6 replies

There is another method of starting gardens early in cold climates and that is using a ‘hotbed’. Essentially this is combination of a hot compost pile and a cold frame. I found this reference which describes the process by a fellow in Lund, Sweden where he starts the process in February and has plants growing by March. At the en...

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