Wall Flower Studio Garden

  (Algonquin Highlands, Ontario)
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Help Protect Our Pollinators - The Bees Need Us. We Need Them, too!

~ A GLOBAL BEE EMERGENCY ~ Happening NOW ~

 

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Quietly, around the world,

 

Billions of Honey Bees and other pollinators are dying.

 

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This is more than alarming.

 

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This is a fact.

 

It threatens our crops and food supply on a global basis, and in my opinion is more of a threat to our livelihood than anything else.

 

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A global ban of one group of pesticides could save bees from extinction.

 

Yes, that's right.

 

It can make all the difference.

 

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Four European countries have begun banning these poisons, which are called:

 

 

neonicotinoid pesticides.

 

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There is evidence that due to the banning, some bee populations are recovering.

 

That's good news!

 

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Here's the bad news...

 

Unfortunately, big chemical companies,

 

like Bayer,

 

(the culprit for this one, and just as insidious a corporation as)

 

Monsanto & Dow AgroSciences,

 

all of whom LOBBY really hard to keep all their killer poison pesticides on the market.

 

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A global outcry is now on for a ban in the U.S. the E.U. where debate is raging,

 

and hopefully here in Canada, too.

 

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I'm hoping this will provoke an outcry from people like me, gardeners and people of all walks of life who want a total ban on these hazzardous poisons.

 

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This could create a ripple effect around the world. : )

 

 

Let's build a giant global buzz calling for these dangerous chemicals to beoutlawed in the U.S., Canada, and EU until and unless they are proved to be safe, and I do not believe they are.

 

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Please consider signing a petition to save bees and other pollinators, and our crops:

 

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_the_bees/

 

The Bees need us. And, we need them just as much, if not more.

 

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So, you ask...

 

What can we do in our own little way, in our own back yard, to help the Bees?

 

Here are some great tips & links!

 

 

1) Plant a pollinator-friendly garden

 

http://pollinationcanada.ca/?n=pc_lib_pfg*

 

 

2) Don't ever use pesticides or chemical fertilizers. They do more harm than good, and are not needed.

 

(Except to line the pockets of big Ag and Chem's greedy pockets.)

 

http://google.ca/search?q=organic+gardening*

 

 

3) Naturalize the garden. Or a part of it.

 

Plant native flowers in your yard.

 

They are suited to your area and landscape.

 

Native plants are partners with pollinators.

 

http://google.ca/search?q=wildflowers*

 

 

4) Become a backyard beekeeper.

 

I'm going to!! : )

 

http://google.ca/search?q=backyard+beekeeping*

 

 

5) Support conservation, wetland conservation, and biodiversity.

 

Once it's gone, that's all folks.

 

http://planetfriendly.net/dontpave.html#links*

 

 

6) Definitely avoid industrial food and GMOs at all cost.

 

Who need's Monsanto's poisons? Not me! Not you, either.

 

So, shop locally and organically whenever possible.

 

http://planetfriendly.net/organic.html#food*

 

 

7) Be a pollinator observer. I am!! And, it's fun for kids, too!

 

It's like a science experiment in your own back yard!

 

http://pollinationcanada.ca/?n=pc_be_an_observer*

 

 

8 ) Learn more about Bees & Pollinators and why everyone needs to get involved:

 

http://planetfriendly.net/wiki/?title=Save_the_Bees*

 

 

9) Live sustainably. It's all connected. We're all connected.

 

We can't just hop skip and jump to another planet if we destroy this one.

 

We have to take care of it now.

 

Even in small ways. It adds up.

 

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An interesting fact from Pollination Canada

 

"Pollinating insects are "essential for over a billion dollars of apples, pears, cucumbers, melons, berries, and many other kinds of Canadian farm produce".

 

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That's a lot to ask of these creatures.

 

The least we can do in return is to NOT poison them!

 

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More links about how to help our pollinators:

 

http://www.pollinationcanada.ca/

 

 

North American Pollinator Protection Campaign

 

http://pollinator.org/nappc/

 

 

Pollinator Partnership

 

http://pollinator.org/

 

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And Don't forget to post your bee-friendly jobs, internships and volunteeropportunities with GoodWork: http://GoodWorkCanada.ca/

 

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Again, my thanks to People and Planet Canada

 

Gateway to Environment and Sustainability Since 1998

 

Subscribe: http://www.planetfriendly.net/

 

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Thanks for visiting! Happy Organic Gardening!

 

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Visit:  Wall Flower Studio

Thank you!

 
 

Creating Eco-friendly, Recycled Newspaper Seed Starting Pots @ Wall Flower Studio

Well, I finally broke down and purchased a pot maker.

 I'm really glad that I did!

It's "sow" easy to use, and, the pots are the perfect seed starting size every time!

 The fact that I'm using recycling newspaper, which will quickly break down, and won't harm the environment played the biggest part in my decision to try this.

. Sure, peat pots are easy to use, but I'd found that peat seems to suck up moisture really quick, which means the soil they contain, and the seedlings in them, dry out much quicker than the newspaper cups do, which means more watering.

 Not to mention the cost of them! I start hundreds of seed pots each year. This can really add up. . Plus, since I'm trying my best to be ecologically aware and I try to do what I can for the environment, I'd like to share some information about why using peat pots to start seeds isn't such a great idea. .

The effects on the dwindling wetlands and peat bogs has me concerned. I don't want to take from nature what is not renewable, if given the choice. .

After much reading, I've discovered that Peat bogs are actually a finite, non-renewable resource. Since the 1960's, there has been a threat to these valuable bogs.

The bogs that produce the peat suitable for horticulture used to be cut out slowly by hand, but now the horticultrual industry extracts it so efficiently & thoroughly with huge machines.

The process of extraction is sausage extrusion and surface milling..

Just knowing this has openend my eyes and now my choice clear.. Newspaper!

 Happy Gardening!

 
 

Seedy Saturday - 2010 - On a Sunday!

Wall Flower Studio is pleased to announce we will once again be participating at Seedy Saturday (on a Sunday for 2010!), in Toronto.

People will be able to purchase organically grown products directly from me.
WIth more than 100 varieties of vegetables, herbs and heirloom flowers, plus my
plantable paper, seed balls and organically grown lavender,
I'm really looking so forward to meeting other like minded gardeners, and flower/veggie/plant enthusiasts!
Please click the links at the bottom for more information regarding the date, time and location.
At Seedy Saturday (on a Sunday, this year), you'll find organic and heirloom veggies & flower and herb seeds, as well as witnessing the amazing demo's and talks regarding gardening & growing food, which will help educate people about the need to save our own seeds and grow our own food.
This year the feature is on native gardening. Something we should all be doing, especially with regards to our declining pollinators.
Our planet has to have diversity to offer all the kinds of life that it supporst, and we need to promote ways that will be sustainable for years to come. This, and more, is all happening at Seedy Saturday (don't forget it's actually on a Sunday!!)

I just want to offer kudo's to all the people involved in this event. The ones who make it happen! Being an organic gardener and seed seller, as well an ecologically thinking person, I'm really looking forward to being a part of this year's Seedy Saturday (on a Sunday!).
It's all happening on Sunday, February 21st, 2010 - 12:30 to 6:00 pm
All this is thanks to: ~ Toronto Community Garden Network, ~The Stop, and
Hope to see you there!
 
 

Arikara Sunflower - An Heirloom Rich With Heritage!

The Arikara Sunflower
Pictured above is photo that snapped at the Stanhope Heritage Museum today, where I take maintain the gardens.
I'm so pleased that they grew this well and grateful I didn't forget to go at least once, armed with my camera!
The Arikara is more than just an rare heirloom. It's a sunflower rich in history.
It was originally collected from the Arikara First Nations in North Dakota, and amazingly, it grows in a range of flower head sizes and types due to it's diverse genetic origins.

The flowers here are growing with different shades of yellow, some heads are large single blooms, and some have smaller multiple-heads.
The single head, pictured here spans 1 foot across! Just marvelous!

The stalks can grow to 12 feet; Mine shown here are 7+ feet tall, and the flowers produce very tasty seeds. I can tell you that the bees were all over them!!
Everything I grow in the gardens, both at my studio and the Stanhope Museum is
done using organic methods only.
The Arikara seeds I originally purchased were certified organic.
Have since collected the seeds from these magnificent plants and offer them here on Local Harvest. Please check my farm listing. Thank you!
Happy Gardening : )
Links about the history of Arikara:
 
 
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