A wet day mostly with leaves and branches raining down this morning.
The poplar on our street came down today. The top and some of the branches have been dead for a while and in the wind, I’ll admit the tree was a bit scary. It was dispatched quickly this morning – one crew with the chipper followed by the trunk pick-up crew later in the day.
The balcony garden is downtown, in an old, established neighbourhood. So we have our share of very old trees. I hope the City has the follow-up plan in place for replanting the boulevard.
Helped pick hops today at the community garden. This is what I learned:
- hops variety is Centennial, one of the best to grow in Alberta
- latin name for hops is very Dr. Seuss-ish, Humulus lupulus
- the plants are 3 years old, today’s was best harvest so far
- hops cones are very fragrant
- there are layers of cones on a mature plant, largest on the outside, smaller and lighter in colour as you work your way in towards the fence
- the plants (planted to maximize southern exposure) make a perfect wind break from the north wind, which is good ’cause it was about 7°C when we started picking this morning
- they are relatively easy to pick, no special equipment required except for coffee, muffins and brownies and (particular to today) your toque, boots and winter gloves…