Inside a Changing Autumn Leaf

One of the great wonders of life is watching the leaves change colors in the fall. When temperatures get cool, chlorophyll begins to break down revealing the underlying pigments in the plants’ sap. This depiction of the inner-workings of a maple leaf shows the process in action.

Source: SciAm Blog Network

#Autumn #anthocycanins #chemistry #botany #science



Plastic bottles have the joint honour of being both an environmental disaster, and a very useful material for DIY freecycling projects in the garden: whether they be used for sub-irrigated planters, vertical gardens, simple cloches, underground water reservoirs, makeshift hydroponics components, or in these cases, an entire greenhouse.

Photos: Sustainable Community Initiatives Scotland, Columbia Centre for Science and Environmental Awareness, SKPPRA UK, Essex Community Rehabilitation Centre

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FOOD FORWARD: Seeds of Change

"Seeds represent hope, a new beginning. Amid battles over GMO crops and monocultures that dominate American farmlands, meet seed savers pursuing grassroots alternatives. From the dry deserts of Arizona to corn and soybean growers in Iowa and Illinois, genetic diversity does matter and the roots of change are taking hold.”

there were just a couple of edible figs on this tree that we worked on yesterday. i’d never had one fresh before.

seattle showers brought these fruiting bodies into being.

Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar (Cup Moth, Setora sp., Limacodidae) “Red Devil” by John Horstman (itchydogimages, SINOBUG) on Flickr.

Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar (Cup Moth, Setora sp., Limacodidae) “Red Devil”