November in Sonoma County
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|Creating Wreaths from the Garden and Beyond - Zoom Talk||12/10/2020|
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
November 22, 2020
As the leaves drop, raking is needed. We have a leaf chipper that we use to grind up the leaves to put in the compost pile and to also use as mulch in several areas of the garden. While out in the front yard raking leaves, it occurred to me that the two shrub roses at the corners of our pollinator beds needed to come out. Even though the plants are hardy and require little water, they do not serve the pollinating aspect of the garden well. In their bloom cycles, they add color which anchors their individual beds nicely; however, they need plenty of deadheading and they do not attract or shelter beneficial insects. If you’re thinking I may be thinking of reasons to add more plants, well, you may be right. The decision is one I’ve been contemplating and putting off for a long time as it is difficult to rip out and replace long standing plants, but it is time.
Easier said than done! According to my husband, Paul, the roots to these plants were the most stubborn, well expanded roots he has ever seen! In fact, after digging, sawing and pulling, the score has them down by only one. In other words, one very large root still remains and more artillery may be needed. (Me and my big ideas!) Where are the gophers when you need them?! By the way, as the other pollinator plants are expanding, there may be little space to plant anything new. If I do plant, preferably it will be a well behaved, perfectly shaped, native California plant that can not get much bigger than the 4' x 4’ that pollinators love.
I always think of my garden as a calm, enjoyable place to hang out. This thought was tested when I looked across the street, again while raking leaves, to see my neighbor’s gardener spraying herbicides on his lawn to kill the grass so that they could replace with a durable landscaping. I almost could not believe my eyes, and the job was done so quickly over a very large area, I could not even voice an opinion (not that it would mattered). Last week, when the neighbor said he was going to have this landscaping done, I offered him resource material on sheet-mulching mentioning that it would decompose his lawn while improving his soil. Needless to say, I’m very disappointed and worry about how prevalent this practice is and the lasting effects it has and will have on our environment.
Moving on, I want to tell you that I hope your Thanksgiving week will be a happy one for you. Many of us may be physically apart from loved ones but we have lots of ways to keep in touch, knowing things will improve. The weather will be good so hopefully a walk or even a good raking might be just the way to count our blessings while enjoying the gifts nature can bring. This morning I walked out to see frost on the kale. Frost on the kale means those leaves will taste so much better. The salads keep coming as long as the row covers stay over the lettuce and the more tender greens. Peas are slowing down but still producing, and weeds, well you know weeds! Take care.
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