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Book Review by chris kelly

The Man Who Planted Trees: A Story of Lost Groves, the Science of Trees, and a Plan to Save the Planet, by Jim Robbins, is a spellbinding read for anyone enthralled with trees. The story is about David Michigan, a man who transformed from hard living to become a nurseryman is a complete circle of how we all can be reborn to new chapters of our lives at anytime. After a near-death experience David receives a message from the angels to save the planet by cloning thousands of the worlds tallest and most massive tree specimens, some of which are on the verge of becoming extinct. He calls them "champion" trees.  These trees, we learn, are part of history and exhibit sheer majesty in their adaptability and endurance. Trees have so many uses: they help maintain the atmosphere - even the biosphere! They aid in climate control as a buffer to even out temperatures. They filter our water and clean our air. This book explores forests as complex systems and their impact on humans and the environment.

The author, Jim Robbins has a background as a science journalist but he is able to write keeping one foot in the spiritual world as well. Mixing the metaphysical with science is beneficial for any gardener to incorporate. This is a book is worth sharing before it is too late. I found it refreshing to read about potential solutions to some of the devastating problems we face.

Jim Robbins is a frequent contributor to the science section of the New York Times. He has written for Vanity Fair, Sunday Times, Scientific American, Discover, Psychology Today and numerous other magazines. He lives in 20 acres of woods in Helena, Montana.

I bought this book form Banyen Books on West 4th Avenue in Vancouver but it can be ordered from Tailwind Books in Sechelt or borrowed from the local library. Publisher    Profile Books Limited, 2013
ISBN    1781250626, 9781781250624
Length    217 pages



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Horticultural oil and lime-sulphur spray

Our January meeting began with a short talk from Allan Levinsohn about how and when to use these.

What is it? Dormant oil and lime sulphur treatments have been used on roses, fruit trees and berry plants for many years. They clean deciduous trees of moss and algae as well as many overwintering insects.

Dormant oil is a horticultural oil (mineral oil) applied when a plant is dormant. This low-impact pesticide is used to treat trees and shrubs vulnerable to attack by insects (particularly scale insects) and mites.

Lime sulphur may be added for use on trees and shrubs as a fungicide (e.g. against apple and pear scab).

When to Apply Horticultural oil and lime sulphur may be used when the plants are dormant (in spring, before the buds open), or in lower concentrations during growth.

During dormancy, horticultural oil may be combined with lime sulphur, in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines.

During growth, wait at least 30 days between applying horticultural oil and lime sulphur.

In the dormant period, horticultural oil may be sprayed before the buds open and when there is no chance of rain or frost in the 24 hours following application.

For the most effective results, it is preferable to wait until the daytime temperature reaches 12-15 C three to four days in a row.

What you will need: Oil and Lime Sulphur - best to buy a mix

Follow package instructions and mix with water

Add to a pressure applicator and spray on all parts of the tree or bush

Lime Sulphur is highly corrosive so wear protective clothing, a mask, and gloves when applying. Do not mix with any other fungicide or other chemical. Read the product label carefully before use to find out how best to apply, plus the precautions to take during application, and the risk of phototoxicity for certain plants.