Our balcony apple tree has survived the long winter, thanks to the thermo pot and extra insulation by spruce twigs. Let’s hope bees will find the flowers and help us in getting a plentiful crop!
The first phase of planting for the Portable Farm was carried out successfully. The brisk residents of the Maijala service center in Kangasala planted the seedlings of useful plants and flowers very quickly. The weather was a bit cold, but let’s hope at least some of the plants will survive and prosper! We also planted a family apple tree that has branches from 4 different apple varieties. We’ll see if we get proper harvest already this year.
The spring has been really cold in Finland but finally it’s getting a tad warmer. We are preparing to plant the first phase of the Movable Bilberry Pad project with the residents of Maijala service center in Kangasala. The project is funded by Kone Foundation & the Finnish Cultural Fund and very generously sponsored by Messupuu and Piiraisen Viherpalvelu. A Big Thank you to all of them for making this project possible!
The spring has finally sprung here in Finland, too! New life blooms everywhere, even in the cracks of rocks and hard surfaces of the pavement. It’s miraculous how little these plants need in order to live, grow and prosper.
Our Balcony Insect Hotel has opened for the spring season, customers welcome!
On our recent stay in NYC we spotted many areas bearing a sign ”Certified Wildlife Habitat”. We found out that this is a certification by the National Wildlife Association. The idea behind the certification is to create habitat for wildlife and to restore local environments. As the NWA website states, A Certified Wildlife Habitat garden provides:
- Food – ”Native plants provide nectar, seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, foliage, pollen and insects eaten by an exciting variety of wildlife. Feeders can supplement natural food sources.”
- Water – ”All animals need water to survive and some need it for bathing or breeding as well.”
- Cover – ”Wildlife needs places to find shelter from bad weather and places to hide from predators or stalk prey.”
- Places to raise young – ”Wildlife needs resources to reproduce and keep their species going. Some species have totally different habitat needs in their juvenile phase than they do as adults.”
- Sustainable practices -”How you manage your garden can have an effect on the health of the soil, air, water and habitat for native wildlife as well as the human community.”
These features are very similar to what we are trying to achieve with the Nature Cots. It is nice that the features are stated very clearly so that everyone will understand the basic needs of wildlife. Maybe we should have something like this in Finland too?
Today we got the chance to visit the amazing Lowline Lab in Lower East Side. A really fascinating combination of tech and botany! It would be nice to have indoor parks like this in the cold winter of Finland too!
The construction of the new Apple Campus in Cupertino is almost done. The landscaping of the area is designed by OLIN and Apple hired arborist Dave Muffly from Stanford University to cultivate the natural environment around the campus. There will be 8000 trees around the campus from 309 varieties of indigenous species. 1000 original trees of the site that were removed to make way for the construction will be planted back into the site. In addition, some 4600 trees are grown in nurseries specifically for the Apple campus. Judging from the photos in a MacGeneration article there are some huge trees that are relocated to the site. VentureBeat wrote an interesting article about the Apple’s ambitious tree planting plans and the ”instant-nature-landscaping” for the campus.
Our balcony apple tree is now ready for the winter. It grows in a thermo-pot that will protect the roots during the winter. We have also covered the pot with spruce twigs to add some extra insulation.