Recycled wharf timbers?
Gary is building a greenhouse this summer out of recycled materials, and these recycled wharf timbers will serve as the foundation. He located them over Miscouche way and trailered them to Fox Hollow. The greenhouse will be primarily for food production.
Recycled wharf timbers that will serve as the foundation of Fox Hollow’s greenhouse. Wild strawberry flowers in foreground.
Last winter, Gary and Graeme built birdhouses for tree swallows and black-capped chickadees, and we erected them at Fox Hollow. (See my March 7th blog, “Fox Hollow Birdhouses.”)
A recent visit to Fox Hollow revealed tree swallow nesting activity, one house occupied, and chattering/chittering tree swallows on the wing. They are a talkative species!
Currently occupied by nesting tree swallows.
Nesting material deposited in an unoccupied birdhouse.
We’ve got the remnants of a Northern Hardwood Forest here on Prince Edward Island. Heavy timbering in the past for shipbuilding, house building, firewood, and export has left the forest a shadow of its former self.
As an example, there are no towering Eastern White Pines because White Pine made the best masts for wooden tall ships of bygone days. If White Pine masts didn’t grace Island-built ships, they were transported to Newfoundland or England for use in shipbuilding industries in those territories.
Enough crying into my early morning coffee about razed lands of the past. Knowing about past environmental degradation is actually a hopeful place to be in this day and age. Claiming this knowledge, we can work in the present for a better future.
Here’s some hopefulness: Pink Lady’s Slippers and Blue-bead Lilies in Fox Hollow woods. Oh, and, yes, we saw wild bees in the woods, too. Wonderful.
Pink Lady’s Slipper in Fox Hollow woods. A type of orchid, these plants like the acidic soils of Northern Hardwood Forests.
Pink Lady’s Slipper.
Blue-bead Lilies in Fox Hollow woods. In the fall, these plants will be covered with blue-tinged seeds. Hence their name, Blue-bead.