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applewood  ·  230 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 6, 2019

Something I Learned This Week: The Wishbone is found not only in birds, but also some dinosaurs.

Books: I was attempting to read Punishment Without Crime, but put it down after about three or four chapters. It's not a bad book in the slightest, and I intend to finish it, but I'm just not really in the headspace for that kind of subject matter right now. Last week though, my wife randomly got me Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer. I have to admit, In was pretty skeptical as to whether or not I'd like it, but after four or five pages I can't put it down, I'm enjoying it so much. It's very well written and each chapter is a personal story of the author that covers themes such as community, family, neighborliness, motherhood, the impact of culture, the impact of education, on and on it goes. It's a very easy book to appreciate and I find myself wishing I could invite the author over to my house for a cup of coffee and an afternoon in the backyard.

Wildfower Garden: It took a lot of looking things up, but I was able to narrow down my list of potential flowers to four. I sent an email to the horticulturalist, but have yet to hear back, which is fine. After all, they're probably quite busy being professors and that's a pretty big responsibility. There's two other garden outreach groups in this city that I can try and get a hold of, plus goobster pointed out a while class of bad asses called Master Gardeners for me to look into too. I gotta get moving though, cause spring will be here before we know it.

johan  ·  229 days ago  ·  link  ·  

What flowers are on your list? I got my seeds for the allotment garden this year two weeks ago, but ended up just going with vegetables.

applewood  ·  229 days ago  ·  link  ·  

They're a few I got off the list from my state's Department of Natural Resources. Next week I'm gonna call some nurseries and see who carries what.

What's an allotment garden? Does your government give you free seeds?

johan  ·  228 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I’ve got a list of nurseries that carries North American native seeds that I got from a visiting professor so let me know and I will dump it on you.

Wikipedia tells me it’s called a ”community garden” in North America, it’s basically a plot of land that has been subdivided into smaller plots for individuals to grow their own food for a small fee. It’s great if you live in a small apartment but still wish to do some gardening. The city provides water and a spot to dump garden refuse but everything else you might need like seeds etc you have to buy yourself, or barter from your neighbours. I got some strawberry seedlings last year in exchange for a wheelbarrow of horse manure from my Italian neighbour (I also got to borrow the wheelbarrow from him).

applewood  ·  228 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    wheelbarrow of horse manure

That's legit hard core. :)

Thanks for the offer of the list. I might take you up on that.

goobster  ·  230 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yay! Told my Mom (a Master Gardener) about my recommendation to you, and she beamed.

applewood  ·  230 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'll be sure to keep you, her,and Hubski updated. Who knows? I might have a green thumb.