With six years of planting completed, in the “Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program”, it is rewarding to walk the stream banks on areas of the three streams that we plant on and see the difference. Willows and trees that we planted on that first year, in 2004, are now growing to significant height and thickness, to transform the landscape. You may see my tracks in the snow, from my visits to the planting sites. Thoughts of how I can both improve on the program and also identify some areas to plant in the spring of 2020. Most of this has already been figured out.
This year will definitely be a great one for doing some photography of the many sections of stream banks that have been planted, now that the native indigenous willow and trees are large enough to show results. Videos will also be in the program for this spring and summer. It is my enjoyment to share both follow up photos and video of the results of our planting program, over the years.
The days are now getting warmer, so there is hope for a normal thaw this spring, probably starting in early April. All it takes is a warm spell that lasts a week or two. This year will be a good one, for getting back into gardening. I am clearing off all of the junk that is presently covering my old garden, so this should be entirely completed by the time to dig is upon us. I am preparing for the “long haul”!