Can Spring Be Far Behind? Making plans.

Morning peeps.

Is everybody in the Northern Hemisphere nice and tired of winter yet?

For a blog that is somewhat (in an eclectic round about, sort of way) about studying nature in an urban environment , we sure haven’t been out much.

I could blame climate change and shifting weather patterns for making the temperatures unbearable, but instead I’ll do what many Americans do and say its god’s doing. Or at least A god’s doing.

It may come as a shock, but it’s not gay marriage and Obama causing the bad weather wrath.

It’s my fault.

I shouldn’t have called Thor a cheeseball that one time. Now he’s getting back at me.


I apologize to the earth for incurring wrath.  (but Thor is a cheeseball)

The temperature has risen a bit but winter weather, now mostly ice, keeps on. They are forecasting three to five inches of snow between this evening and tomorrow afternoon.

I’m looking forward to spring.

Spring  is an ideal time for botany and zoology projects as well as teaching general ecology and the interconnectedness of eco-systems.


  • Growing sweet potatoes

We’ll be growing plants  from slips starting in mid April and transplanting to containers outside in late May. It’s our second year.

  •  Beginning  this years “Nature Quest” hiking challenge

Assuming they are holding the quest again this year, we plan on starting the challenges earlier than previously.

  • Germinating seeds

This will be primarily for observation.  It’s the sandwich bag on the window method.

  • Creating a pollinator garden for the backyard

This may be  tricky, most indigenous plants are considered reportable weeds by the rat-obsessed leader of our homeowners assoc. I’m hoping that putting them in a raised bed with a sign that says “pollinator garden” will help me avoid fines.

  • Making new closed terrariums

Our first has died after remaining sealed two years ( not bad). T his time we’ll make two experimenting with layers organic material, worms maybe. We observe several natural cycles with this project .

  • Raising butterflies

It’s a fun/easy project for life cycle and adaptation.

  • Raising orchard bees

This is new. Orchard bees are docile, more hardy and affective pollinatorsthan honey bees. No they don’t make honey, but caring for them just may be the solution to world wide pollinator decline.  Right now we’re working on a few different types of housing to test out.

On the wishlist: I want a rain barrel.  We’ll see.  I hope to get to the year’s remaining entomological society meetings and learn about backyard insect surveys as well.


11 thoughts on “Can Spring Be Far Behind? Making plans.

  1. Scott Danzig says:

    First up, yeah, Thor’s a cheeseball. It’s as much a fact as global warming and evolution is.

    I used to live in the city. Not Baltimore. But still, I can’t say much was natural. Squirrels did accept Central Park as natural, even though no one else in New York seemed to. Now I’m in Binghamton, NY and experiencing suburban life again. I was looking forward to seeing stars again, and I see em! I had no idea it was so easy to spot all these planets. I used to participate in group hikes when in New Jersey, and want to do that again, but I fear if I try to organize a hike, I’ll end up getting a lot of nature-loving people lost, having to be rescued from the woods by the national guard or something. I think the key are trails with those painted dots on trees. Central Park seemed so much easier, but I still managed to get lost there a number of times. You’d think the skyscrapers would make it easy to find your way, but some of the woods are pretty thick.

    I’m not sure if this is all directly relevant to your post, but I like the sweet potatoes and butterflies too 🙂

    • amandasmills says:

      We’re opposites in that I went from city suburbs to country and then into the city. The constellations (and mountains and nature) are lovely but, culturally I found it stifling. And that’s saying a great deal since I’m a fairly anti-social person.

      I’ve never been to central park. I’d like to check it out some time. We have a wilderness area here in Baltimore (largest urban wilderness area east of the Mississippi) the trails are marked somewhat, but its still possible to be lost. I have a good sense of direction though (kids say I have an internal gps) so even if I don’t know exactly where I am, I know where to head to get back to civilization.

      Anyway, thanks for stopping by. 🙂

      • Scott Danzig says:

        Your welcome 🙂 And yeah, 30 years in New Jersey at first… I couldn’t wait to live in Boston and then NYC. But eventually you get tired of squeezing yourself onto subways, so I’m fine with being back in suburbia. Anyway, will look on Amazon for a GPS chip I can swallow before I go hiking. Good advice.

  2. agrajag says:

    It’s indeed spring. Your plans sound fabolous; I can’t wait to be able to start planting stuff in the garden either. It’s a littlew bit too early for that here at the moment, but soon, soooooon.

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