Saturday Linkages: Invaders, Sick Chickens and Adaptive Reuse

Armadillo invaders!

More Foreign Invaders: Possums on the Half Shell | Garden Rant …

Water rationing for farmers? It’s on the horizon 

When To Isolate A Sick Chicken | HenCam … via @terrygolson

Can Edible Gardening Reduce Deforestation? –  via @TenthAcreFarm

How to Kill Poison Ivy –  via @TenthAcreFarm

“Does Beauty Still Matter?” A thoughtful article by @mharrisonhough 

Adaptive Reuse: Old Stuff, New Life

The Tree of 40 Fruit 

Protected Bike Lanes Grow in CA as Cities Face Down Old Concerns 

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  1. “[T]he largest crop in the US is lawn” I cannot even eat that! That’s shocking! People who live in public housing are forbidden to grown anything on their bit of garden in front of their unit.

    I worked as a teacher for the most upscale section 8 housing I have ever seen. The private owners allowed little gardens on the lawns in front of each unit. Then, it became a problem, slowing down the mowers. Plus, some people did not take care of their gardens and remove dead plants in the Fall. So, they restricted growing food to the tiny strip right in front of the units, the sort of area where flowers usually were planted. Then, about 15-years ago, no private plantings were allowed. Every renter with whom I talked was still upset. Many of the people were older and missed their gardens, saying they had had a garden all their life, and now they could not have tomatoes and other fresh food. Many of these older people did not drive and their was no grocery store in walking distance.

    In the same city, I see the standard projects we think about-mostly dead lawn, no shrubs, and metal clothesline poles with line. I “see” acres of gardens there.

    Since we have abundant rainfall, watering the gardens should not be a problem. Oh, the first place has a sprinkler system that keeps the grass lush.

  2. Where I live, in South Texas, I enjoy being outside about midnight, walking along behind an armadillo, listening to it dig and chew. The armadillo acts as though it is unaware of my presence. I have never had one bother my raised beds. They seem more interested in digging for bugs and roots.

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