Found Chicken of The Woods (Laetiporus cincinnatus) on our hike this morning. 😍

I had the joy of helping teach a class of 1st and 2nd graders about vermicomposting this week. They started out completely disgusted and left totally in love with these neat little creatures. I made this 5-gallon demo worm bin that I'll use at other workshops in the future, spreading the gospel of red wrigglers. 😂

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The decay of organic material feeding organisms that feed the plants that feed many other living things, including us.

Compost, it feeds what feeds us.♻️

Just a beautiful afternoon at the local watering hole. 🐟

A frenzy of busy at work. On the top of the sunflower is a small bee with a green head. It moves super quickly but when it does land it is just beautiful. Any entomology folks out there have an ID for it and the fully black bee on the Borage?

I love that the tiny little flowers on the peanut plants look just like Phalaenopsis orchid flowers.

We let a lot of the radish go to seed because I really love the tiny flowers it produces and so do the pollinators! When it dries out we'll harvest and save the seeds. Each pod has about 10 seeds in it and there's about oh I don't know, 500 or so pods 😂

🧄 Hardneck Garlic harvest 🧄

We'll store most of it for our own enjoyment through winter and replant some of it again in the fall. We're using our plant starting racks as a curing station - I'm hopeful they'll cure well there.

The Echinacea we started from seed has at long last begun to bloom, and goodness was it worth the wait 🤩.

They're kind of tricky to start from seed and the first year after transplant they work on root building so you don't really know if they'll take or not.

I enjoy plants like these that require multiple seasons of patience and risk of total failure. They can be tremendously rewarding.

Huge patches of water willow by the river as well. I love their tiny pink flowers.

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I spent the morning learning about water conservation and the macro-biology in our city's main river system. In just a 20 second collection we found numerous different freshwater invertebrates, from mayfly larva to snails and water penny. The more diverse the collection of critters the healthier the waterway. Most areas, at least in the US, offer Citizen Science programs where you can get involved in monitoring the health of your streams, creeks, and rivers too 💦

Morning walk in the vegetable garden,. Featuring a mix of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and cheerful bird song. 🌿 💫

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