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For the past two years, I’ve been working with a small group of people to bring acceptance of the LGBT+ community to our town of Taber in Alberta, Canada. I’m an ally. Within the group, I see my role as to be only to be a part of it as much as I’m helping the organization to function. I sit on the steering committee and work on the behind the scenes work that it takes to keep an organization running. When more people in the LGBT+ community of Taber can take that role, I’ll step aside. Outside of the group, I see my role to speak up when I hear the LGBT+ community being spoken of negatively, and to help steer the conversation to understanding.
This week I focused on preserving the perennial herbs in my garden. It’s generally accepted that harvesting in the morning before they flower is the best time, and I try to stick to that. If I can’t get to them right away, I just put them in the refrigerator. I then wash them, spin them out in a salad spinner, and then place on dehydrator rakes.
This week in the garden I focused on the flower beds. Specifically, I spent time planting my native plant species. I originally found them back in March, and due to the very late start to the year, I was still able to put them through the chill cycle they need to germinate.
Garden Update 2018 Week 22
The spring planting continues in my garden. This week I was able to get all of the warm season crops transplanted. The fall cover crop had grown a lot on me, so I had to come up with a way to kill it before planting. With my seeds, I cut it back and piled it between the rows. For the transplanting area, I decided to spray it with RoundUp a few days before transplanting.
Garden Update 2018 Week 21
Earlier last week I noticed a bit cool down coming in the weather for the May long weekend. Even though there wasn’t frost in the forecast, I know that here in southern Alberta our proximity to the Rocky Mountains means big swings in temperature and that frost still could happen.
Last fall I decided to try out cover crops. I planted fall rye in my garden in the middle of October. That’s one month after our first fall frost. It germinated, but I didn’t see any above the surface before the second snowfall of the year. (Our first came at the end of September.) It wasn’t until the middle of November when the snow melted that I noticed it had grown. The last I saw of the fall rye was near Christmas when winter set in and the snow didn’t melt.
The focus of the garden this week has shifted to the next round of plants to go in. Last week I finished getting the early plants and early seeds in. This week it has been tending the seed starts and keeping up with watering my new transplants.
This year in my garden I’m trying to do better at keeping living roots in the soil at all times. This is one of the tenets the soil health movement that I referred to in a previous article. I have fall rye that is growing right now in the garden wherever I have not planted my crop for the season.