A Seed Saver's Garden 2021

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It's been an unbelievably dreadful couple of days. I feel horrendous and my sleep is interrupted. Thank goodness I have gardening - some meaningful escape - to find refuge in. It's beginning. The arrests are beginning. Several mothers were arrested here Thursday for not having 'papers', arrested in front of their crying, screaming little ones while bringing their children for playtime at their local recreation centres. This is in southern Ontario. This is monstrous.


One of the mothers that was arrested, was a police woman from my town, bringing her kids to hockey practice. They arrested her in front of her kids too.

This has never been about caring for people's health.
It's always been about tyranny and despotism.
From day one.

These two mothers were arrested in exactly the kind of facility where I go to seed swaps - buy seeds, sells seeds, and talk with other gardeners. I was aware that they would ask me to leave if I went, since I will not be getting 'papers'. I did not know that this is what they will do to me if I go. This is all totally illegal and against the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; you cannot arrest someone for trespassing in a public facility or retail outfit unless they are engaged in an activity that bears no connection to the facility itself. The police are actually breaking the law to execute these orders. This is complete totalitarianism. I need to pinch myself.

So every time I get on the computer to check the latest unfolding appalling tyranny, and start feeling very ill, I go out and buy a box of bulbs. For spring, for the future , for hope, for life that blooms in ice and snow. With each of those bulbs I put into the soil today, with a very heavy heart, I thought of all the people the world over who have suffered under communism, all the people who are going to, as this country becomes a socialist slag heap.
I'm on my 15th box of bulbs. At the rate I'm going, the vegetable garden will be full soon.

We've lost so much already in Canada. A steady erosion of freedom of speech, freedom to protect ourselves, our children, our homes, and now the freedom to have bodily autonomy. We've all been on our knees to big government for a long time, and this is the knockout punch. The one meant to finish us off, beat us into submission. If this doesn't wake Canada up, she's doomed.

I need more bulbs.
This is terrible. You had better be careful where you go and what you do.

The President has made it mandatory for companies with 150+ employees for them all to be vaccinated. I'm glad that I am retired.
 

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This is terrible. You had better be careful where you go and what you do.

The President has made it mandatory for companies with 150+ employees for them all to be vaccinated. I'm glad that I am retired.
Thanks @baymule , for now, I am gonna keep Kenny Rogers lyrics to 'The Gambler' at the forefront of my mind. One of those situations where darned if you do, darned if you don't. One day at a time.
 

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I've been looking up nutrition for my old dog and one of the ingredients which interested me was a plant called passiflora incarnta, apparently it has a calming affect.

I also read it was poisonous then read it was a notorious plant ,so confused here :hu
 

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I've been looking up nutrition for my old dog and one of the ingredients which interested me was a plant called passiflora incarnta, apparently it has a calming affect.

I also read it was poisonous then read it was a notorious plant ,so confused here :hu
Passion flowers. They grow wild here in the woods. Been meaning to dig one up and plant here, just haven't done so. I've heard the leaves can be used for a calming tea, but never tried it. Haven't read that they are toxic.
 

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Passion flowers. They grow wild here in the woods. Been meaning to dig one up and plant here, just haven't done so. I've heard the leaves can be used for a calming tea, but never tried it. Haven't read that they are toxic.
Thank you :)

I only came across this plant while looking up a dog nutrients site
 

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Thank you :)

I only came across this plant while looking up a dog nutrients site
I've met a few people who give their dogs raw food @Marie2020 , particularly those with senior dogs. I met a lady with an old doggie and she told me when she switched him from the grain stuff to raw he really perked up. She felt it had added a few years to his life. I don't do raw with my dog, he won't eat it, but I give him cooked turkey and salmon all the time. He seems to be doing very well with it. You do gotta watch with raw though, my vet told me one of her dogs (her client's dog) died from an antibiotic resistance pathogen that was in raw meat. They couldn't save him.
 

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The bean shelling continues. Might bring my 'Black Cobra' pepper in since there are several peppers left to mature on it. I always hesitate with that because of bugs. I might take a cutting instead and hope for the best. Aside from those, I have only tomatillos and one tomato variety to whirl in the food processor, and the beans are the last seeds to collect. The season flew!

Here's what happened when I asked my kids to clean out my greenhouse. The tree, now, technically grows in the compost pile, but...there was some type of flinging competition going on I believe. The job was completed in the end.:\
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A garden project I'm glad to have completed this year. We had 2 tree stands of cedar that were both overgrown, this was one of them.
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Behind there was another like it, and they have just gotten both so big they really need to come down. DH isn't thrilled about bringing them down for the privacy they bring, but when we did get rid of the one stand of them the air flow really improved. Was a noticeable difference in this area in terms of air flow. But the scar left behind from those huge roots and the big area they took up was awful, like a bomb had gone off. It really was an eyesore. Eventually we used an axe cut out all the root system from the ground, and jack out the main underground stump/root body. I can't believe it, after levelling and seeding, it grew in in no time with all the incredible rain we had in mid summer. We are not good grass custodians so we'll have to enjoy it now, before the weeds creep in.;)
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Network bean "Flor de Mayo'. Such a dainty, pretty little pink speckled bean. I was worried it might not do well because of day-length sensitivities, but I was wrong; it does fine with the day length. It was just not a strong grower or climber though. It twirled around the base of a pole but never actually climbed up. Maybe next year it will do better. There seemed to be variation in the bean seeds because some had whitish tints and some had yellowish ones.
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