A Week of Nature In the City

Happy Vernal Equinox!

Did you manage to “see” the eclipse? We’re in the wrong place for it.

Today is a good day  for a “week of” post. We made headway on our spring to do list.

Monday we hung up the bee houses, and Aidan put together the planter.

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Pete is wondering where the bees are.  DSCN0011

Bee  built a hanging tiered water-er where the water flows from the top cup (in which a bean seed is sitting in water absorbent polymer) into the second cup (mustard seeds) and then into a third cup for collection.

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She had quite a bit of polymer left over from the project so we started out beans seeds on the window with it as well.

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Tuesday Pete and I bought dirt for the planter box and we started “Nature Quest” 2015. Three of us have colds, so we hit the easiest of trails- Catonsville’s  “Trolley Trail 9.” Tessa found a millipede and a red backed salamander.

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The frogs are singing:

 

Wednesday we put the soil in  the planter  and I realized I was one bag short.  I started working on the April Calendar (yes, am ignoring the fact we’ve got a bit of March to get through).

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Next I need to check  to see what is happening in the homeschool group and plan for that. I also have a massive amount of documentation to write and a speech/paper to finish.

Bee’s radishes were looking radical!  errr. radicle. (not sorry).

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Thursday the beans were also growing.

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Nothing much “Nature-y” happened Thursday. We all have colds so I cancelled a visit to the park and we did other stuff, like playing “No Stress Chess.”

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Today it will be snowing and or raining all day.

This means, likely more board games and Netflix documentaries.

I also need to clean the bathrooms.

I think a picture montage of that might just be a little too wild for this blog.

😉

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “A Week of Nature In the City

  1. brightskymom says:

    I’m interested in the 3 tiered water-er — did you do a post on how to set that up? Is it just 3 plastic cups with holes poked in the bottoms of the first two? I have some “water beads” that look similar to your water polymers.
    Thanks!
    ~Lee

    • amandasmills says:

      sorry not to get back sooner, it is just plastic drinking cups with holes punched with a tack and then made a little larger with scissor tips to pass hemp cord through. There is also a hole in the bottom middle with cord passed through and knotted to stay in the cup. this allows the water to drip down. I’m not sure I can post a step by step on it as its copyrighted via “groovy lab in a box” (and I don’t really recommend them, experiences with their kits is mediocre).

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