“It can take roughly 500 to 1000 years to form one inch of soil, depending on the climate and the material from which soil forms. With that in mind it is not hard to see that soil is a non-renewable resource and worth protecting. Since the soil is the source of water and nutrients for plants as well as a bioreactor to purify and filter water, it is crucial to our quality of life.”

eartheasy:

Actias Luna - a perfect example that moths can be beautiful too!

eartheasy:

Actias Luna - a perfect example that moths can be beautiful too!

northeastnature:

My butterfly-watching friends have let me in on a secret: when butterflies are backlit by the sun, they turn into glowing stained glass. Here some of my favorite backlit butterflies: an orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme), a silver-bordered fritillary (Boloria selene), an eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), a viceroy (Limenitis archippus), a bronze copper (Lycaena hyllus), and a Harris’ checkerspot (Chlosyne harrisii).

Fairy Garden update:

1. A periwinkle survived a rather brutal transplant (I pulled out as a weed in the sweet potatoes, then had a change of heart and saved it.)

2. Wood sorrel making a comeback after raking everything out. Good news for little foragers who love the stuff.

3. Poinciana blossoms are falling all over the paths and I am not even mad.

m0sshead:

Today’s harvest and herb update

Everything in this post is beautiful.

nyackbackyard:

My harvest 7/18/14: carrots, broccoli, kale, okra, squash, garlic, marigolds and zinnias

My, what big carrots you have…

jillraggett:

Plant of the Day
Saturday 19 July 2014

Light is a very valuable performer in the garden and does so much to provide a constant sense of change, drama and atmosphere. Grasses are particularly good when backlit by low sunlight and here Stipa gigantea plumes glow with Echinacea Sussex Prairie Seedling in the foreground. This form of Echinacea has been selected to survive the winter and self seeds in Sussex with white, pink, purple and the occasional orange flowers.

Jill Raggett

explore-blog:

For Hunter S. Thompson's birthday, his wonderfully wise letter of life-advice at age twenty.

explore-blog:

For Hunter S. Thompson's birthday, his wonderfully wise letter of life-advice at age twenty.