Day 12: Get Out and Enjoy Nature

This is an interesting blog for me because it brings a variation of what I might routinely do while walking in the forest.

That Hippie Looking Chick

Being under quarantine does not mean you have to stay cooped up indoors (unless you’re feeling sick). You can still go out and practice safe social distancing without being around large groups of people. And what better place to do it than the woods on a nature trail? I have the great privilege of living in the Midwest and it’s absolutely beautiful. There are many trails and parks worth visiting in my native Missouri home. 

The roommate and I go mushroom hunting.

My roommate and I decided to go mushroom hunting. It’s a little early in the season for morels but that’s okay. Just an excuse to get out in the woods again. We got rained on a little bit, but it was refreshing. I was surprised we didn’t see anyone else on the trails. That was a relief. Large groups of people kind of defeat the purpose of social…

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Popular Science dedicated the entire March/April issue to water.  When people plant Square Foot Gardens there is a minimum amount of water needed for the plants.  The concept is to grow in the minimum amount of concentrated space in order to produce the maximum amount of herbs, fruits and vegetables.


There are many great segments to these articles and be assured that a numbers of facts presented will surprise readers.  In Honduras we just purchased supplies to fix leaks in the water system in San Jose.  Students at the dorm are also making rain barrels to save water and build awareness for water conservation in Yoro.

Fermented Food Competition

The Art Walk Project

Even with a last minute venue change the Fermented Food Competition, part of The Takedowns series, was held as scheduled at the Radian Boston, June 26th from 2 – 5 pm.  The small but passionate group of participants ranged in profession from chefs to scientists and they presented an impressive array of sweet and savory dishes that were surprising in both their complexity and appeal.   Sampling their treats and chatting with the knowledgable participants gave me an insightful and brief peak into the many possibilities of the curious world of fermented foods.

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Yes, This Is Real!

Over the past couple of weeks I have been talking to people who question whether a 3 by 3 space can yield them meaningful garden produce.


It is not the square area that you plant in, it is the quality of the soil medium that is used. Big gardens can become overwhelming.  You might want to start off with something that is manageable and then expand it.  First of all make it enjoyable.

The pictures are of one 3 by 3 Square Foot Garden.  Tomatoes, kale, cucumbers and string beans all in one.

Zika Virus – Garlic

Recently I have read that spraying liquid garlic in the yard will keep mosquitoes away for thirty days.  Articles state that mosquitoes have a sensory mechanism that is ten thousand times more sensitive than that of humans.  A gallon of liquid garlic sells for $ 84.00 on Amazon.


People in Central and South America are currently vulnerable to the Zika virus.  Our students in Honduras will have an opportunity to grow garlic and place the plants in their houses at night.  Once we have stems on the garlic plants, we will be able to grind them up and produce a liquid which may help protect the people from mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus.

If anyone has more insight into this subject it would be helpful for me to better understand the potential of various techniques.