Recommended early-Autumn activity: harvest basil seeds.
Step 1: Cut off the flower/seed pod once it has turned entirely brown
Step 2: Leave to dry a few days
Step 3: Crush the pods in a paper bag
Step 4: Dump out onto a piece of paper, preferably folded a bit
Step 5: Blow the chaff away gently

I'm thinking about migrating this instance to my home server. If I go offline for a bit or forever, this is why.

Made an attempt to mount a butterfly for the first time. I found this fellow had been deceased for a bit of time so I didn't try to spread its wings too much.

@jollysea that's fair. I should check the local ordinances. I was reading up on some recommendations from the Minnesoda department of forestry. But their definition of a drought year and California's definition are much different heh

Does fedi have any tips for dealing with pine bark beetles? My neighbor has been cutting down impacted trees-- great on him for caring about forest health but it's the middle of the beetle active season, won't they just infect another tree?

The Wind in the Willows is such a wonderful book.

I'm reading it to my kids again, I think this is the third time through. My grandma would read it to me on nights I slept over with her.

If you haven't ever read it, do yourself a favor and pick it up. The writing is lovely and fluid, the characters are superb, the illustrations and it just bursts with heart and imagination.

And it's public domain.

@n8chz @n8chz that makes sense. From what I now understand, that voltage comes from the electrochemical potential so different chemicals == different voltage, regardless the size of the cell. Electricity is such a ubiquitous phenomenon yet so challenging (at least for me) to wrap my mind around. Thanks!

Does anyone happen to know why rechargable NiMH AA batteries are 1.2V when alkaline AA batteries are 1.5V? (Okay fine I'll go read Wikipedia)

Been really enjoying my physical copy of Mini Motorways

ec, kidposting 

Visited a lavender garden today. There are better places to have a baby photo shoot but always fun to see another farm.

Unseasonably early plums calls for jamming. This batch was just plums, sugar and pectin. Anyone have a better ?

Went on a tour/lecture of First Rain Farm. No till and the only soil amendment is an on-site compost made of wood-chips and goat piss applied on the beds once a year. Prescribed burns and grazing for land management. Inspiring simplicity

@lordampersand Thank you so much for this concept! I just had to whittle a little office together myself. Much love, I'm so inspired by your detailing skills.

Wild turkey shitpost 

"The elites don't want you to know this but the turkeys at your parents house are free. You can take them home. I have 458 turkeys." (I didn't actually take any baby turkeys)

flower bed gardening for dummies (me) 

@pixouls @theruran @plants gardening is all about experimenting and patience. If they've reseeded, that's a great sign! But for a spot like that, try some native shade plants--maybe ferns/ground cover. As for mushrooms, they typically have tree preferences. See what's growing around those trees after a good rain and you can try spreading the spores. Otherwise, innoculating a log and laying it in that spot will work too!

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