Sherry & Terry's blog
The last three weeks have been extremely busy in the garden. We have been picking, freezing and dehydrating many crops.
The earliest picking was the broad beans. We planted them in March and were eating them in May. We had so many that we ended up pulling the plants. They are not a particularly popular vegetable but we did manage to stuff a few friends with them and they were pleasantly surprised of their tastiness.
The cherries ripened next. We had made a major cutting of branches over the winter so we were not expecting a large harvest, but with the hot weather we were inundated with cherries. We picked what we could and dehydrated six large mason jars full. A few weeks later the cherries were full of worms so that was the end of that.
Organic gardeners use organic materials such as grass, leaves, seaweed, straw, compost and lime to enrich their garden's soil. With the development of chemical fertilizers, their use over the last sixty years has been regarded as acceptable and necessary for large yields of food crops and for the controlling of insects and pests.
The Canadian Cancer Society has been calling on the Canadian provinces to ban the cosmetic use of pesticides citing the growing medical evidence showing links between pesticide use and the occurrence of cancers such as leukemia, pancreatic cancer, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, kidney cancer and some brain cancers.
Quebec was the only province to do so until April 22, 2009 (Earth Day), when Ontario became the second province and went even further by also banning the sale of these pesticides. 19 municipalities and cities in British Columbia have implemented their own by-laws banning the cosmetic use of pesticides however the Cancer Society is calling on the BC government to create a province-wide ban so that all of its citizens will be protected by the same law. In my own city, the councillors have yet to put a by-law into action but it has been recommended by city staff.
A few weeks ago, my son's friend, Lisa leaves me a Facebook wall posting..."So, I was in your backyard yesterday looking at your garden, spotted your gnome and said to Fraser, "Weird...that gnome looks like David Suzuki and Fraser said, "It's because it is! My mom won a contest!"....Lisa's reply to Fraser...."Hahaha, oh my goodness, he's so cute!!!"
A few weeks before that posting, we had brought the gnome home from the David Suzuki Foundation office in Vancouver and carefully uncrated our prize. As Terry placed it in the garden, Fraser rolled out of the house to see our new family addition. As he approached the gnome, I excitedly anticipated a "Hey cool!" response when out of his mouth popped, "Gee, that's almost creepy."
Garden gnomes have been around since the mid 1800's. The first ones were created in Germany and then made their way to France and England. In 1847, Sir Charles Isham brought twenty-one terracotta figures from a trip to Germany to place in his garden in Northamptonshire, England and one of the original gnomes known as Lampy is today, still on display there and insured for one million pounds.