Sunday, 31 May 2015

The Flora and Fauna of the West Humber Garden


Early on in the season, when not too many creatures were stirring in the garden... a sparkly pink flamingo was spotted grazing on hay.  The hay was put down last fall to protect the soil from erosion, extreme temperatures and keeps it nice and loose.



In the next image, some more local fauna: Mr. Collins and his Grade Ten Tech class. One of our first projects this season was installing the bike wheel trellis onto this structure. It will give the grape vine more to hold onto as it climbs above this seating area. We have already been enjoying some of the shade this season that this trellis povides.



The grape vines are starting to expand over the trellis just as planned



Ms. Birkett's Nutrition class also came out to help in the garden. Their final assignment is to create a cookbook including many of the vegetables from the garden.


Here they are preparing the soil for some cabbage and peas.



A ladybug spotted.. one of the first of the season. This one has very unique markings!


The lovage is looking healthy and plentiful.


The chives too!



The garlic was peaking through the mulch quite early in the season as well 


The Tech class at it again. They are putting up trellises for our beans and peas. 















Our fruit trees are blooming!








A mushroom spotted as large as my hand. Mushroom are a good sign in the garden. Their mycelium create underground networks that bring nutrients and water to plants in an efficient manner. Just remember not to eat just any mushroom  because mushroom identification is a very precise science.



Peas sprouting early in the season.


The cabbages are looking healthy and beautiful


Marigolds are seen everywhere in the garden. Planted in pots and directly in the ground they serve to attract pollinators and deter pests.





A much needed shower.

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