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Ever since I have been at the Centre, Yvon has been appearing to volunteer. It is always a spontaneous gesture, but often happens exactly when we need someone to help prepare the plants for winter or enliven the ground for summer, or mop a floor. He is just there – on this day it was a little love, a little clay and some instruction.
The leaves were radiant and healthy, but the lower branches had been bent by snow, and worried that we would have to cut them I asked Yvon, for a solution. “I will bring clay from a stream near my house, and we can see if it will heal.” Here is the process we followed.
Step 1 Bucket with clayStep 2 Blend the clay until smooth and pliable.
Step 3 Lift the branch so the pieces are fused together and then stabilize it by gently tying to a higher branch.
Step 4 Take a little clay and smooth around the branch adhering the two broken pieces.
Step 5 Take some clothe, we used an old t-Shirt, cut a piece and wrap around the branch and then put some string gently around it to keep it in place. This ensures that the clay will be protected.
Step 6. Be careful in the winter, when you are shoveling, not to throw the snow on the tree. Have some awareness.
Step 7 In the spring unwrap the cloth and check to see if the branch has adhered and healed. If not, you will need to remove the branches.