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Teaching kids where food comes from - Washington Post (blog)

Teaching kids where food comes from - Washington Post (blog) | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

 

“I’m fishing” my daughter called out from the stream in which she had stuck a dead tree branch she’d found. I was feeling very proud of myself, having convinced my family to go backpacking and, after a sleepless night where we were all uncomfortably squished in a tent, was telling myself that it had been well worth it to give the girls some unfettered nature time.

 

“What are you fishing for?” I hollered back. “Um,” she thought for a minute, searching for what she might actually find in the murky depths rushing past her. After a minute she answered uneasily: “Birthday cake?”

 

No, an overnight in the words would not undo the harm of modern city life for my girls. They would not suddenly understand how the natural world provides or where our always available food actually comes from. To them, food emerges as if by magic. If chicken comes from a bin in Safeway and rice from a microwave, why can’t birthday cakes emerge from a stream?

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PHOTOS: 11 Things You Didn't Know About Birds

PHOTOS: 11 Things You Didn't Know About Birds | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
I've written a lot of books, but none that I'm prouder of than this one. Here are 11 birds that could change the life of the young birder in your life - or yours.

 

Sociologists and cultural trend watchers have been decrying the broken connection between today's youth and nature. With so many stimulating digital options dominating the attention spans of young people, the worry is that we'll raise several generations who have no connection to or understanding of nature. Birds provide an easy doorway to re-establishing this connection between kids and nature. Why? Because birds are almost everywhere, they are active, easy-to-see creatures, they often have bright, beautiful colors, and many birds sing melodious, enchanting songs. Most importantly, they capture our imagination with their ability to do something that we humans only figured out about 100 years ago: they can fly!

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Gardens Inspired: Plants Toxic to Pets – Poisons in the garden

Gardens Inspired: Plants Toxic to Pets – Poisons in the garden | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

This alphabetical list of toxic plants to dogs and cats has been assembled from many different sources and is offered as a courtesy to my readers. It may or may not be complete; always consult a veterinarian if you believe your pet has consumed a potentially toxic plant listed here. Symptoms range from nausea to death. If you are aware of another toxic plant not listed here, kindly leave me a comment so I can research it and update this listing.

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Would You Like a Side of Dirt with That?: Scientific American

Would You Like a Side of Dirt with That?: Scientific American | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
New findings suggest that ingesting soil is adaptive, not necessarily pathological...

 

The idea that, in most cases, eating dirt is probably a way to get rid of toxins could explain why people and animals so often prefer claylike soils to other kinds of earth. Negatively charged clay molecules easily bind to positively charged toxins in the stomach and gut—preventing those toxins from entering the bloodstream by ferrying them through the intestines and out of the body in feces. Detoxification might also explain why some indigenous peoples prepare meals of potatoes and acorns with clay—these foods are bitter because they contain small amounts of toxins.


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Stinging nettles benefit garden wildlife

Stinging nettles benefit garden wildlife | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Nettles may not be admired for their beauty or scent, but they are valuable for wildlife and people, says the RSPB.

 

As well as being beneficial to wildlife, nettles have long running cultural significance, and can be of value to people too.

 

People have eaten them for centuries and they are a good source of calcium, magnesium and iron among other trace elements and vitamins. They can be used in many soups and stews instead of spinach.

 

Nettles have also been used to produce a fine fibre that can be used in clothing and string. The juice from their stems has been used to produce a permanent green dye and you can brew nettles to produce a plant food.

 

They can also be used in medicine, for example Native Americans used the fresh leaves to treat aches and pains, and European herbalists used the leaves in a similar fashion to treat gout and arthritis.

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Amazing Rooftop Garden Nestled Between Skyscrapers | Freshome

Amazing Rooftop Garden Nestled Between Skyscrapers | Freshome | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
After presenting 38 Garden Design Ideas post last week, today we ran across this high altitude garden hidden between the skyscrapers in Sydney, Australia.

 

... "Found on Design Rulz, this spectacular rooftop haven was designed by Secret Gardens and provides an unusual place of relaxation, far above the racket of the city. The landscaping process was focused on maximizing the vistas and creating a green oasis, 25 floors above the ground."

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Montessori-Inspired Gardening Unit and Flower, Plant & Garden ...

Montessori-Inspired Gardening Unit and Flower, Plant & Garden ... | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
There are lots of great Montessori-inspired printables and activities online for a gardening unit.

 

Spring and summer are great times to focus on gardening. I planted a flower garden with the children each spring when I had a Montessori school. The children always loved to see the flowers blooming when they returned to school at the end of the summer. With my own children, we didn’t live where we could have a garden. But you can see what we did in this post: Experiencing Nature and Growing Plants Outdoors without a Garden.

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Flip the bird: Great Tit sees the world from a different perspective after ... - Daily Mail

Flip the bird: Great Tit sees the world from a different perspective after ... - Daily Mail | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

It looks like something from a Monty Python sketch.

 

But in actual fact this rather odd picture of a Great Tit being weighed is part of a conservation programme on the Drummond Estate near Stirling in Scotland.


Researchers from the Blair Drummond Safari Park are monitoring native species of birds to find out how they change from one year to the next, and how long they survive for.

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Bumblebee lost to UK makes comeback on Dungeness shingle

Bumblebee lost to UK makes comeback on Dungeness shingle | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

With Natural England, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, and the charity Hymettus, which is dedicated to conserving bees, ants and wasps, Gammans has been working with farmers on Romney Marsh to build up habitats for plants, insects and birds, with broad strips of wild flowers along field edges or in awkward spots beyond the reach of modern farm machinery. Other farmers are being paid to manage grass for hay crops instead of cutting early and often for silage.

 

In many places, wild flowers have returned to the land spontaneously; in other places, seed was sown, or grass cut when the flowers were setting seed and spread out the same day on less fertile soil. The results have been remarkable: not just plants and insects, but birds and mammals, including hares, have increased their numbers.

 

"My farmers are brilliant," Gammans said. "In some cases they haven't formally joined agri-stewardship schemes, but they're just doing it. It's a return to a more traditional way, the way they remember farming was when they were children, and they've really gone for it."

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Plantwatch: The remarkable 'dent de lion' is becoming much more fierce

Plantwatch: The remarkable 'dent de lion' is becoming much more fierce | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

After nearly two months of torrential rains, the countryside is now as green as a billiard table, splashed with heaps of dazzling white hawthorn blossom. Trees are in full leaf and grasses are thick and lush, although their vigorous growth is shading out some of the smaller flowering plants, such as the early flowering orchids. But dandelion flowers have sprouted up in huge numbers, gorging themselves on the moisture as well as nutrients washed off farms and gardens.

 

The name dandelion comes from the French "dent de lion", meaning lion's tooth from the toothed edges to their leaves. And in a warning sign of the changing atmosphere, the leaves may be getting toothier as carbon dioxide levels increase, as well as making the plants grow taller, lusher and stronger.

 

Flowers such as dandelions also have a canny habit of closing up in the wet weather to protect their pollen from the rain. But now the sun is shining, the flowers are open and making a more dramatic display.

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Time to work some summer magic into your garden | Vancouver Sun

Time to work some summer magic into your garden | Vancouver Sun | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Here’s a look at six ways to inject a splash of colour and vitality into your garden for summer, as well as show off a little imagination and creativity.

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World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Welcome to the international community’s online resource for World Oceans Day—our planet’s biggest celebration of the ocean, held every June 8th. This year, we encourage you to reach out to young people in your community and help inspire them for the 2012 theme Youth: the Next Wave for Change. The future of ocean conservation is in their hands! Explore this site for ideas, resources, and information about how you can get involved.

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Garden tour: Off to the Chelsea Flower Show | Vancouver Sun

Garden tour: Off to the Chelsea Flower Show | Vancouver Sun | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
London – Today, we go to the Chelsea Flower Show, the most famous garden show in the world.

 

I will be writing about the highlights for the Home & Garden section on June 1 but I can tell you that the buzz around town is that all the garden designers have pulled out the stops this year, it being the Queen’s special year.

 

Yesterday morning, we visited Hampton Court, which is always such a beautiful place to walk around with its 300-year-old clipped yew trees and fabulous formal gardens and magnificent hornbeam tunnel.

 

But today, it is Chelsea. I will be posting pictures and a short report here later.

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Nature center shows students beauty of forests - The Republic

Nature center shows students beauty of forests - The Republic | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Nature center shows students beauty of forestsThe RepublicEach spring, Michigan State University professors Dennis Fulbright and Deborah McCullough take students from their joint biology class to Lansing's Fenner Nature Center.

 

... "at any given time in any forest, about 25 percent of trees are dead or dying, said Fulbright, a plant biologist. "That's a healthy forest," he said. But losing a tree is not like losing a season's worth of corn or strawberries. It takes decades to regenerate a lost forest. It's that kind of tree loss that their work helps try to prevent."

 

McCullough said she reminds her students that insects play an important role in forest ecosystems. "Sometimes we look at them as pests, but trees have to die occasionally and insects are a big part of weeding out the sick ones and the overmature ones," she said.

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Avoiding Second-Hand Pesticides: How to Talk to Your Neighbors About Their Lawn Chemicals  | Safelawns Daily Post and Q&A Blog

Avoiding Second-Hand Pesticides: How to Talk to Your Neighbors About Their Lawn Chemicals  | Safelawns Daily Post and Q&A Blog | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Of the many questions we receive here at SafeLawns, perhaps the ones that bring the most inherent angst are those concerning how to talk to neighbors who stubbornly refuse to cease applications of these toxic products. These are the people we need to live next to, the folks whose living rooms our children visit and, often, the friends we entrust with having our backs in times of need.

 

And when these folks apply pesticides themselves, without hiring a licensed lawn care company, they don’t even need to post. They almost assuredly don’t watch the wind speed or pattern, or concern themselves about whether or not it will rain later that day. They just apply the stuff they just bought at Wal-Mart — unaware that the stuff is banned in Canada because it’s so dangerous.

 

How to hold that most awkward of conversations is a study in nuance. There is no one right way to proclaim to another human being that he or she is doing something that is, at the least, offensive and, at the worst, life threatening.

 

Here are a few ideas we have found that can help:

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Childrenandnature.org Gets Children and Youth Outside in Nature - San Francisco Chronicle (press release)

Childrenandnature.org Gets Children and Youth Outside in Nature - San Francisco Chronicle (press release) | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

"Children are becoming increasingly disconnected from nature, and this disturbing trend will have a profound impact on the physical and mental health of future generations as well as the health of nature itself," said Richard Louv, co-founder of the Children and Nature Network. "The creation of the Natural Leaders Legacy Initiative is an important step in reversing nature-deficit disorder in our communities by preparing those most affected - our children - with the skills and resources to get more people engaged in the outdoors in nature."

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UK Birds - Homepage

UK Birds - Homepage | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

This website tells you everything you need to know about birds that live here in the United Kingdom and other migrant birds that visit us throughout the four seasons.

All in one place, you can read up on the birds of Britain, as well as view stunning photographs of them and other wildlife on my gallery page.

From April to June, view the live updates of the next box, where Blue Tits nest and breed their young each year.

Browse through my regularly updated bird sightings, as well as those submitted by other keen birdwatchers.

As well as all this, there's plenty of information, for both you and the kids, on how to attract birds and wildlife to your gardening, including which feeders and food to put out for different birds, to making bird cakes and other great things to create!

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Garden tour: Chelsea was as fabulous as ever | Vancouver Sun

Garden tour: Chelsea was as fabulous as ever | Vancouver Sun | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

There is nothing like the Chelsea Flower Show. It is still the best garden show in the world. And this year, nothing changed – it was as fantastic as ever, althought there were a few disappointments, such as the rather low-key contribution from Sarah Price, who I expected (as did most other people) to win the best in show award for her garden. You can read my full report on Chelsea in the paper this Friday but here are a few pix to be going on with. 

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Working together to solve the plight of the short-haired bumblebee | Jessie Jowers

Working together to solve the plight of the short-haired bumblebee | Jessie Jowers | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

As the short-haired bumblebee (Bombus subterraneus) queens are released in Dungeness this week, it should be recognised that this project is already a huge local success story. The programme that has led to this reintroduction is run by Natural England, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and bee and wasp charity Hymettus, but really it is the story of a whole community of "bee guardians" coming together over many years, to steadily rebuild and preserve a habitat that will support these returning bees. ...

 

We have lost 97% of our wildflower meadows in the last 70 years. With a loss of habitat, Bombus subterraneus declined dramatically and the last bee was recorded in 1988. Subsequent searches were made to try and record Bombus subterraneus but to no avail and it was officially declared extinct in 2000.

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Discover the Secrets to Worms

Discover the Secrets to Worms | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Back in antiquity, Aristotle called them the “intestines of the Earth,” but it took several more centuries before earthworms were systematically studied — by Charles Darwin who wrote a whole book on the importance of worms in breaking down dead organic matter, enhancing soil structure, and maintaining soil aeration, drainage and fertility.

 

Darwin calculated that earthworms in the soil add about eleven tonnes of organic matter per acre (about 18 tonnes per hectare) each year; modern scientists believe that where worms abound they can move up to 250 tonnes per hectare per year.

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Dead trees, biodiversity, and the black-backed woodpecker - High Country News

Dead trees, biodiversity, and the black-backed woodpecker - High Country News | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

The ruins of scorched or beetle-killed forests may not seem like ecological havens. But myriad species depend on standing dead or dying trees, including the black-backed woodpecker, which haunts skeletal forests in the West, Alaska and Canada. Its ebony dorsal plumage blends in with the charred tree trunks on which the bird rummages for juicy wood-boring beetle grubs, its principle prey.

 

The beetles are also adapted to scorched forest habitat; some species, called "fire-chasers," can detect forest fires as far as 30 miles away, using specialized heat receptors. They arrive in droves, mate, and lay eggs under the burned trees' bark. When the larvae hatch, they freely chew away at the defenseless trees.

 

But fire suppression, thinning and salvage logging on federal lands may be destroying this unique snag habitat. Fewer than 1,000 pairs of black-backed woodpeckers persist in Oregon and California, and fewer than 500 in South Dakota's Black Hills. ...

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BPA In Your Garden? Maybe, If You Use These Gardening Products

BPA In Your Garden? Maybe, If You Use These Gardening Products | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Wouldn't it just irk you more than a bunch of weeds to find out that the gardening products you use are dirtying up your organic garden with BPA, phthalates and lead?

 

What You Can Do

 

HealthyStuff.org suggests the following good practices for limiting your exposure to harmful chemicals in gardening products.

 

Read the labels: Avoid hoses with a California Prop 65 warning that says: "this product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects and other reproductive harm."

 

Buy hoses that are "drinking water safe" and "lead-free."

 

Let it run: Always let your hose run for a few seconds before using, as the water that's been sitting in the hose will have the highest levels of chemicals.

 

Avoid the sun: Store your hose in the shade. The heat from the sun can increase the leaching of chemicals from the PVC into the water.

 

Don't drink water from a hose: Unless you know for sure that your hose is drinking water safe, don't drink from it. Even low levels of lead may cause health problems.

 

Buy a PVC-free hose: Choose polyurethane or natural rubber hoses.

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Planting tomatoes upside down | Hydroponics Curacao

Planting tomatoes upside down | Hydroponics Curacao | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

 You will need:

 

1 large bucket- 5 gallon is good
potting soil with some manure added
a drill or knife for cutting the hole in the bottom


Steps:

 

Drill a hole in the center of the bottom of the bucket. The hole should be about 2″ in diameter.

 

Fill the bucket with potting soil mix. Cover with a lid or place a piece of cardboard over to serve as a lid.

 

Turn the bucket upside down, and plant one tomato seedling through the hole you’ve drilled in the bottom of your bucket.

 

Make sure to plant deeply. Water the entire bucket with a mix of water and organic fertilizer, and hang from a sturdy hook.

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Can Plants Smell Other Plants? Apparently They Can : NPR

Can Plants Smell Other Plants? Apparently They Can : NPR | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

"Plants smell," says botanist David Chamovitz. Yes, they give off odors, but that's not what Chamovitz means. He means plants can smell other plants. "Plants know when their fruit is ripe, when their [plant] neighbor has been cut by a gardener's shears, or when their neighbor is being eaten by a ravenous bug; they smell it," he writes in his new book, What a Plant Knows. They don't have noses or a nervous system, but they still have an olfactory sense, and they can differentiate. He says there's a vine that can smell the difference between a tomato and a stalk of wheat. It will choose one over the other, based on...smell! In a moment I'll show you how.


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Chelsea flower show isn't as green as it appears

Chelsea flower show isn't as green as it appears | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Donnachadh McCarthy: The world's best garden show presents nature in all its glory yet uses methods that harm the environment...

 

So is it an ecological monster or a fantastic show promoting the wonders of nature? The evidence sadly indicates it is more of the former. This was neatly summarised in Bob Sweet's response to the huge waste of lighting on the traders' stands: "I have no objection to it if it adds to the shopping experience. We are a consumer show".

 

This is simply not good enough. The RHS as the nation's leading horticultural institution, should be leading from the front. Britain's gardens are already suffering the damaging effects of the climate crisis. Let's hope next year's show will positively demonstrate the actual level of urgency required and begin the process of turning Chelsea from an environmentally-damaging consumerist monster into the leading eco-angel that our gardens desperately need.

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