We love trees here at Pasadena Learning Gardens and aspire to help the amazing urban forest we reside in. Stress from drought has weakened many trees making them more vulnerable to disease and insects. Here is a wonderful summary of the issues and it would be great if people replied with stories of both the victims and trees that are thriving in this situation.
I don’t think it will come as a surprise to hear that our landscapes, especially here in Southern California, need to change. We’ve offered some guidance on our Sustainability page, but this project is about identifying the best drought tolerant plants for these future landscapes. Best is always a tricky word. I’m looking for attractive, easy to grow and propagate, drought tolerant plants that may even offer some medicinal benefits and / or have a great story attached. After identifying these 6-12 plants, I intend to put in a collection from which cuttings can be taken at the Altadena Community Garden, the La Casita community center, and the Hathaway Sycamores Learning Garden, and get this propagation going along with classes on how to do it yourself. Let me know what your candidates are.
I love White Sage and need to have it but have not be great at propagating it, so here…
For years now I often find myself quoting David Brooks book The Social Animal where he summarizes the argument that we are profoundly interconnected as “We learn best from those we love” It seems more and more clear that we can impart emotional intelligence into our youth when we need it as much as ever… As a meditating Buddhist-Christian-Gardener, I’ve witnessed peoples healing and transformation when connected to nature and one another. I’ve danced around this fire for many years and now we are coming at this from so many angles. I am so excited by what I’ve learned from Daniel Siegel who runs the center for mindfulness studies at UCLA Medical School. He has profound data showing that we can transform our youth through a simple mindfulness exercise. Here is a great intro to his thought.
TEDxBlue – Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. – 10/18/09
Mindfulness in Schools: Richard Burnett at TEDxWhitechapel
David Brooks: The social animal
A fun, helpful article with links to some great Michael Pollan podcasts.
I’m dealing with Gophers at one my my teaching gardens so I’ll be delving into this issue. I remember lamenting an earlier encounter with a biodynamic farmer in Germany who wanted to know what my issue was. This article provides some interesting insights into letting them be, most interesting to me is the point that their population will stabilize and more food will not cause more gophers – this is not how it has appeared to me…
I was recently reminded of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and thought I’d poke around and I love this resource about large scale harvest handling techniques. Time to get a tool bank root veggie pressure washer…