"Although their numbers are falling by the hour, there are still over one million species of plants and animals that breathe the same air and embrace the same earth as we do. To see them is to know them, to know them is to love them." ~Bradley Trevor Grieve
Numbers falling by the hour.
This is not sobering. This is devastating.
How do we as human beings; sentient, reasoning, beings, go on with our day to day lives knowing that this is happening? And yet, how do we not? We too have to live. To eat. To bear the burden of expenses incurred through the cost of living.
"To see them is to know them, to know them is to love them". And we do see them, know them and love them. We even try to help them in our own small and insignificant ways. But our small and insignificant ways are not enough to redress the balance. I have no answers. I should feel more distress, but I lack the time to focus on the issue. So instead, I feel at best, an uncomfortable sense of disquiet. I do what I can but I am not kidding myself. The little that I can do is not enough.
So in my garden this month I continue to make compost in the hopes of improving my soil.
I am turning a blind eye to the birds eating my strawberries and cherry tomatoes.
Don netted one of the apple trees for me in the hopes we shall see some apples grow. (After all the birds have the cherry tomatoes and strawberries.)
We continue to water the garden and fruit trees in the hopes that the wet season will commence soon.
I have harvested what I can from the keyhole garden and I will be turning some of the compost from the middle basket over into the bed itself. The soil drops during the growing season so the compost basket comes in handy as a source of additional growing medium.
|The Wisteria sent forth leaves and shoots during November.|
We have been spraying the hibiscus with soapy water using lux flakes. This has been working well and whatever mite or bug (mealybug?) that has been attacking the poor thing has been sent packing. However we will keep spraying just to make sure.
I am going to spray the gardenias against magnesium deficiency. My recipe calls for one teaspoon of Epsom salts in 10 litres of water. I am going to half the quantities to make it easier for me to apply.
Check the citrus for aphids. Once again if there is a problem I can spray using soap spray. I will wear my glasses when I am checking though so I have a better chance of seeing if any aphids are parasitised by a micro wasp. If they have been they should look like tiny brown balloons. In this case there will be no need to spray. I shall also check for hoverflies and ladybeetle larvae and if they are around in good quantities then I will leave the aphids to their tender mercies.
I have noticed a lot of frenetic ant activity lately, mostly because the little suckers keep nipping my ankles. Ant activity can indicate we are going through a scale-hatching period. Once again scale can be treated by home-made oil spray or home-made soap spray.
I will also be doing lots of trimming and pruning. There are lots of sticks, fallen branches and dead palm fronds to pick up.
|This hibiscus has been receiving a lot of attention.|
There are banana suckers that need to be removed. If too many suckers are allowed to grow it will affect the size of the bunches of fruit. The old leaves can be removed too and then put through the mulcher.
I still have a lot of mulching to do and I will start adding some coconut fibre to the mulch in order to improve the water holding capacity of the mulch.
The lawn areas could do with an application of blood and bone. Our lawns have greened up a bit since the rain we had on the last Saturday in November.
I also think I might try my hand at making a home-made fruit fly trap.
What are your garden plans for December?