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This is the wrong time of year to spread manure or soluble fertilizers (nutrients, especially nitrogen, leach away in the winter rains), but you can enrich your garlic soil with finished compost because the action of micro-organisms in the composting process makes nitrogen less soluble. Also, if your soil pH is low, mix in agricultural lime before planting the garlic. Later on, when it gets cold, apply a thick leaf mulch to the garlic bed. And I always have to mention this: if garlic shoots poke up in mid-winter, don’t worry about it--they are very hardy and will be fine.

The post Linda’s list for Oct. 14: Plant garlic, collect leaves, control leaf pests appeared first on Tide Change.

Author: Richard Davis
Posted: October 15, 2020, 7:16 am

Even before Covid 19 emerged, many people were isolating from one another, and because of this, facing another kind of health crisis that affects all of us. This timely documentary invites us to reflect on the importance of relationships we have with those around us.

The post World Community Moves Online for Film and AGM appeared first on Tide Change.

Author: Richard Davis
Posted: October 15, 2020, 7:06 am

It is generally accepted that there are three kinds of empathy: cognitive, emotional, and compassionate. Cognitive empathy is the ability to understand what someone else might be thinking, and as such, it is more like intuition than empathy. However, cognitive empathy essentially adds the ability to respond at a deeper level. Emotional empathy is the ability to sense someone’s feelings. It helps us build a temporary emotional bond or connection. Compassionate empathy moves us to help in whatever way we can. Essentially it is the feeling that goes along with acts of compassion.

The post Empathy appeared first on Tide Change.

Author: Richard Davis
Posted: October 15, 2020, 6:50 am

If I were to grade Courtenay Council for its efforts over the past two years, I think they would get a C+ from me. It certainly has been commendable to have a council that is generally amiable among themselves and open to input from citizens ( something that definitely could not be said of the past council—esp. mayor).

The post Report Card For Courtenay Council At Half Way Mark Is Out appeared first on Tide Change.

Author: Richard Davis
Posted: October 15, 2020, 6:44 am

Over the past 150 years, the Comox Valley landscape has been transformed by logging, coal mining, agriculture, road building, industry, and development. These altered landscapes are where the local impacts of climate change - flooding, erosion, and loss of biodiversity - first become evident. But these altered landscapes also hold the greatest potential for building resiliency. Kus-Kus-Sum, The Courtenay Estuary, Morrison Headwaters, Perseverance Watershed, Comox Lake - these places are at the heart of our local climate story.

The post Watershed Resilience Event Explores Climate Change, Collaboration and Landscape Restoration appeared first on Tide Change.

Author: Richard Davis
Posted: October 15, 2020, 6:30 am

It’s my 8-month old granddaughter Chandlyr who spent Thanksgiving here with her parents and us. Watching her was an incredible lesson of the power of living in the Now. She is the happiest little thing when her simple needs are being met: someone to connect with, food, sleep, and basic hygiene. By not having to focus on those needs, she can free up energy to explore her environment and learn new skills like speed-crawling and pulling herself up. There is eagerness, enthusiasm, and curiosity galore. Her untiring efforts keep moving her forward to where she is programmed to be. I look at her as a role model reminding me that just because I have mastered the skills of crawling and pulling myself up physically, doesn’t mean that there isn’t work to be done on the inside.

The post Would you Give Thanks for not Knowing what’s Around the Corner? appeared first on Tide Change.

Author: Richard Davis
Posted: October 15, 2020, 6:13 am

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