…a tree that needs an ID.
March 7, 2014…the sun popped out for this morning shot of my tree.
After reading a post by Alder and Ash about tree following I thought it would be interesting to follow a tree through the year. I don’t know what kind of tree this is, but my wife and I walk past it every morning. Several years ago, the former owners burned the leaves. I was shocked they would destroy such a valuable resource and pollute the autumn air. I was determined to save them next time, so when new residents moved in, I got their permission to rake well in advance.
What do we use the leaves for? Some go into the compost pile, some get spread on or in our veggie beds, and some are bagged up to use as insulation around outside water pipes during winter.
Ecosystem Gardening describes the importance of leaves…
- Many butterflies find shelter in the leaf litter, either in egg, pupal, or adult form, to safely wait out the winter and emerge in the spring.
- Leaf litter provides food and shelter to an amazing variety of invertebrates who break down the leaves, which feeds the soil and other wildlife.
- The deeper the leaf litter, the more spiders are supported. Spiders are an essential element in keeping pest insects in balance.
- Leaf litter is also home to ladybugs, salamanders, toads, and other predators of pest insects. It is no wonder that pests like aphids thrive when we continue to destroy the habitat of the predators that would keep them under control.
3-6-14…Bees in leaves. Do you see them? Probably not.
Today my wife noticed bees walking on the pile of leaves from the very tree I’m following. I’m wondering what they are looking for?
A bee inspecting the leaves.
After walking over a bunch of leaves, this bee stopped to sample some leaf mold. There is so much we don’t know about other animals. I’m just wondering, is this bee bringing back some valuable mineral to the colony or just sipping moisture?
I’m hoping that when the tree starts to leaf out, someone will tell me what kind it is. The owner didn’t know and when I asked his permission to ‘follow the tree’ this year, he said he would be happy to learn about it.
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Nice going Eugene, Oregon…You are the leader in the effort to ban neonicontinoids from city properties.
Originally posted on Oregon Sustainable Beekeepers:
This from John Jordan, Communication Director for
Eugene’s City Council Wednesday night voted to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on city property. Council Resolution 5101 also expands the current Pesticide-Free Parks program and requires all city departments to adopt the same IPM standards and protocols as the City’s Parks and Open Space Division.
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June 23, 2013…The walk into the woods starts here. The creek usually flows under a wooden plank. For several months, the water has not been flowing, probably due to 2013 being the lowest rainfall on record. To be precise, the water HAS been flowing, but not where you can see it. Close to the point where the path crosses the creek, the creek dives underground.
Looking through the skunk cabbage, a small pool of water can be seen a short distance upstream before the water disappears underground.
June 23, 2013…The water flows to here. It’s weird, you can hear the water flowing, but you can’t see where it goes.
February 17, 2014…After a couple of weeks of on again, off again heavy periods of rain, the ground is saturated and the water is flowing. It’s been over a year. Skunk cabbage is just poking up.
Old snag forms a backdrop to the skunk cabbage
Survey stakes, uh-oh
“East edge of road…?” Oh no…they want to put a road here.
An article about creeks and rivers going underground.
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Rag Rug is almost done.
Do you ever wonder what to do with old table cloths, jeans, or scraps of material? Recycle them into a very usable rag rug.
First cut the material into strips of cloth about 2.5 inches (6.35 cm) by any length. Use scraps of equal thickness so the rug will be all the same thickness.
Then fold the edges in !/4 inch, (6.35 mm)
Fold that in half to one inch (2.54 cm)
Sew the edges and braid three strands of differing lengths.
Stitch the braids together to form the size of rug you desire. We have used cotton thread in the past but are now trying fishing monofilament. Stitch on the back side of rug only, so it won’t show.
Carmen likes to help
Eddy O. gets his chair back
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February 13, 2014…This bumble bee (bombus Melanopygus, I believe) was sipping honey when we noticed all the mites on her back. We would like to try to remove them…Does anyone have any ideas of how to accomplish that?
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