Okay. Okay. Yesterday was a bit of a teaser.
Today I write about the plants salvaged from Parcel 16, UniverCity, Burnaby.
It was overcast, but not raining. Rain would be good to keep the plants moist, but could have made work even more difficult with mud, and… miserable volunteers. (Update: We had a follow up salvage today, Thursday, February 16 with volunteers from Stanley Park Ecology Society. In fact mud on site was not an issue. Rain did make cleaning up after more difficult. SPES picked up a full collection of ferns and more. Creatively salvaging plants in both planter containers and on tarps. It was nice working with you! Ben, Greg and Teku)
As it was plants were stored under the table, and there was scarce sun to heat away present moisture around the roots.
Julia from the SFU Trust was ready with a table prepared with muffins and an assortment of drinks, juices and water when we arrived at 9:55 am. I had dropped off bags of sea soil the day before donated by Gardenworks. Sea soil is a good medium for a successful transplant because it is nutritious, as well as holds water well.
The residents arrived soon after. Not hoards, but each did a lot of work!
It looks like from those who signed in, Ben Russell and Megan Rogers found the most variety of plants:
Their team found salal, huckleberry, red cedar, hemlock, swordfern, oregon grape, trailing blackberry, deer fern, salmon berry and douglas fir.
Christine found 7 species including vine maples to add to our variety.
So we have two first place winners. The prize issued by UNES for the team collecting the greatest variety of plants, are two sets of pro gardener Gardenworks gardening gloves. Nice!
Dave Langill helped identify the plants and he added sphagnum moss to the list. He has driven many of the plants down to the Jennifer Atchison Environment Centre.
I am storing plants on my covered balcony (along with the rattlesnake plantain from last year). There are many plants being stored behind the Verdant building for later rehabilitation transplant.
In all we may have collected 75 to 125 plants maybe more, because it is hard to assess accurately without everyone submitting their digs and plants, including those driven away by participants for their own natural landscape and wildlife projects. I talked to one couple whose huckleberry transplanted from parcel 23 were doing well, bearing fruit in the Spring/Summer last year. They planted around a deciduous tree.
From our conversations with other successful transplants, we stick to the adage that plants should be transplanted no further than 20 km for best success.
This was a modest, fun day. Thanks everyone: Christine L of SCEC, Vivian N. (UNES), Pablo V (UNES), and Julia W, and Jesse G. of the SFU Trust which hosted the event.
Julia has mentioned we may have another Salvage Day coming up soon.
I know we are all tired, so don’t think about it for the weekend, but keep in mind for this week!