At the last Land Art Bos meeting it was suggested to write some blogs with advise and tips for doing Land Art.
Other artists provide suggestions in using their media to express yourself. OK so here we go.
TREES, were to start, lets start with planting.
Now is a good time while they are doormat ( in their winter sleep) to plant trees and shrubs, in the norther part of the world.
Many people ask me where to buy trees, good nurseries are hard to find these days and therefore you have a good change to get pot grown trees. Pot grown means the tree is tucked in the pot for much too long, the roots have turned and turned inside the pot with no room to explore.
Some nurseries still transplant their stock in bigger pots from time to time, sadly most don’t. The best way to avoid this is to buy bare root-stock ( kale wortel).
Here is a site which explain perfectly why and this one in Dutch.
At times i go around to rescue trees from nurseries knowing very well they have a big change not to grow. When you have a pot grown tree with turned roots cut them free, see it as pruning of roots, also unwind the roots as much as you can.
Just like with paint when you get the good paint you have half the work as with bad paint. The bad paint you need to work on to get the same result in your artistic use of it.
The difference is trees are alive and therefore deserve the extra work to rescue them in my opinion.
STILL the best way is to grow trees yourself from seeds or cuttings. Yep, most painters do not make their own paint. When you do it give you a change to be more creative with the ‘paint’ TREES. Confused, well this is Land Art you work with nature which is so different to the abstract motion of brush and colour.
An other important issue is the canvas in our case the soil, which come in many shapes and conditions.
You know we chuck lots of good soil producers into the bin like coffee and tea, but that’s for an other day.
A very good soil conditioner is mushroom compost or better to say spend mushroom compost. It is the leftover from mushroom growers and has many good minerals and vitamins for plants.
Still don’t use it every year on your canvas. To be honest most trees only need something extra at planting point just to give them a good kickstart after that they find their own way.
Personally i only use that extra help when planting fruit trees and shrubs so they provide me with some more fruit. The above photo is from my allotment, even their you can grow in a more creative way. BELOW
Do you want to bleach your canvas or leave it more natural the choice is yours.
As you can see the first lines have been drawn on the blank canvas even this will not be the most creative use, more the edible ability will count here.
Questions are always welcome and this will not become an other gardening blog. Still exploring how to achieve Land Art courses for the back garden.