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Eurasian Milfoil – scourge of Fifth Depot Lake!!!

17 Aug

For those who don’t like “something unknown” tickling their feet while swimming –  those plants growing in the lake were a bit icky.  Now they are threatening to take over the lake.  Instead of a few lacy fingers at the bottom of the lake, great mats of it are growing and beginning to take over.   Milfoil spreads fast, which results in less growth for native flora, less food for some animals and less living habitat for small aquatic creatures.   Milfoil mats reduce the oxygen in the water, which  can endanger fish and cause unhealthy algae growth. 

Research tells me that eurasian milfoil has been a plague to many lakes throughout North America and that numerous attempts to eradicate it have been tried, with varying degrees of success.  Our efforts at getting rid of the milfoil around our dock may even be making it worse!  Milfoil spreads when small pieces break off and sink to the bottom, there they take root.  Aquatic  harvesting devices like our big double-rasor-Y-thing may not be productive because it breaks the flora and bits come off and replant themselves elsewhere. 

 John Detlor has been breaking his back and his wallet trying to fix the problem with the most environmentally friendly and promising method found so far.  Weevils.   The milfoil weevil only eats eurasian milfoil and is harmless to humans – it could conceivably be the panacea to this plague.  When seeding a lake with weevils works (and there is no guarantee), the weevils kill the milfoil colonies step by step, giving indigenous species time to recover.  It is certainly worth a try because our beautiful lake will be a stagnant pond of milfoil if we just let it go.

I’ll be contacting John Detlor to see what I can do to help…

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How many different flowers can you find?

13 Aug

Here’s a game for you – take a look at this vase of flowers (all picked on the cottage property) and see how many you can identify.  It’s a poor quality picture but I think I can see at least 5…

A note about wild ginsing

12 Aug

I ran across a good article on growing wild ginsing.  If you’re interested, check it out here – http://www.ont-woodlot-assoc.org/sw_ginseng.html

The cultivation of wild-simulated ginseng occurs when plants are grown in a basically undisturbed forest, with no tillage of the soil.

Provided you have the right site, access to quality seed and a few garden tools such as a hoe and a rake, you can try your hand at growing ginseng.  The presence of ginseng-associated herbaceous woodland plants or indicator species – Jack-in-the pulpit, maidenhair fern, jewel weed, Solomon’s seal, or bloodroot – can also be used to identify a quality site.  I would love to see more of these species as well…

I guess a lot of our land is pretty tough to survive on in the best of times and these plants need good soil.  But wouldn’t it be great to have some trilliums and Jack-in-the pulpit (see the picture at left) and even wild orchids growing?  Over time, we could make it happen …I think I know just the place…