Rin and I took a quick journey to Savannah, Georgia, to go to the Savannah Faculty of Artwork and Design, which is her #1 alternative for school (she’s been accepted already, however I couldn’t let her attend college so distant with out seeing it first). We liked the city; it’s flat and really walkable, with lovely structure, timber, and inexperienced areas. We loved some southern cooking and seafood, and even received to go to with some pricey buddies who had been coincidentally within the space.
Whereas on the flights to and from Georgia, I listened to a couple actually nice podcasts which I needed to share with you. One was NPR’s Contemporary Air, with Dave Davies interviewing Scott Weidnesaul about migratory birds. I discovered this episode fascinating, particularly how the biology of birds modifications to arrange them for a protracted flight.
One other was Joe L’mpl’s (Rising a Greener World) podcast Joe Gardener, with scientist Jake Mowrer, speaking about Regenerative Agriculture and Permaculture. I assumed this dialogue was among the finest I’ve ever heard that explains why these strategies of planting assist mitigate local weather change, together with how they enhance the soil.
The third podcast I need to advocate is A Option to Backyard, by which Margaret Roach interviews Doug Tallamy (somebody I’ve talked about earlier than, as a result of he’s an insect man) in regards to the epidemiological worth of oak timber. I like oak timber (that’s a Southern Reside Oak, above, with Spanish moss), and it’s among the finest timber you possibly can plant/nurture for wildlife, regardless of the place you reside.
I’ve additionally been utilizing a brand new app so much, each at residence and on the highway, referred to as BirdNET. It’s from Cornell, and it data the sounds of birds after which identifies them for you. If, like me, you hear a brand new hen and end up standing inventory nonetheless whereas craning your neck attempting to identify the dang factor, this app will make it easier to no finish. I can’t get sufficient of it and extremely advocate it.
And since I’ve talked to a number of folks recently about this app, I need to once more advocate iNaturalist. This app will permit you are taking a photograph of something pure – birds, bugs, flowers, moss, lichen, animal footprints – and determine it for you. When you get the app, comply with me @poppycorners and I’ll comply with you, and we’ll be capable of see what the opposite is discovering and figuring out. The one factor that iNat hasn’t recognized for me is scat, however I’m certain that can be corrected quickly.
Earlier than I left on this current journey, I managed to pot up the tomatoes and get them within the ‘greenhouse’ for hardening off. The climate right here was fairly heat whereas I used to be gone, but it surely has cooled off some, so I don’t plan to plant out the tomatoes till the tip of the month on the earliest. Tomorrow I’ll buy 50 pepper vegetation from the Grasp Gardeners, which I may also probably stash within the greenhouse for just a few weeks but. Quickly it is going to be time to plant out cucumbers and squashes and beans! How’s your summer season backyard coming alongside?