Facing Ecological Grief Together
My Resilience Will Not Be An Ableist Apocalypse
The catastrophe colloquially called ‘climate change’ is matched in immensity by the breadth of human emotional responses to it. From denial to numbness to anger and everything else, we are intimately feeling our planet’s health. But the more I write about this, the more I realize that identifying the problem isn’t really the answer we need most right now.
Don’t get me wrong. There’s a definite time to write educational pieces, alarming pieces, and articles that confront the scale of our situation to keep us humble, informed, and ready to take action. But that’s the key: don’t we need to spend this precious time doing something about our environmental problems, rather than just talking about them?
Pushing Through Ice: Resilience in the Changing Climate
When I was five or six years old, I remember finding my mom asleep in bed with her shoes on. Not ten minutes before, we’d been getting ready to walk to the bus stop together. I tried to ask her what she was doing, but she didn’t respond. She didn’t say anything. She curled deeper into the bed and waved me away.
About an hour later, the phone rang. When I didn’t answer, it rang again a few minutes later. Finally, I picked up and it was my dad who was shocked to learn I was still at home. Over the next twenty or so minutes, he walked me through begging my mom to drink a soda. It was my first real understanding of what it meant for mom to be diabetic.
Experimenting With Bee Hotel Placement
Early spring has always been my favorite season. February’s crocuses and daffodils pop up from snowbanks and beds of pine needles. Crows give way to bluebirds and robins. And all of Carolina comes back to life in the pinks of cherry trees, the purples of plums, the magentas of redbud, and the stark gold of forsythia. Us dedicated gardeners weather the last cold rains in galoshes and straw hats to scout the plain public landscaping where we’ll drop seeds in the coming weeks. From squirrels to bumblebees, all of nature is shaking off the winter’s reign.
Creative Ways to Protect Your Plants From Frost
Over the last year, wild bee advocacy has become one of my clearest passions. While there are lots of ways we can engage in advocacy for these animals, the creation of bee hotels occupies an emergent market niche that I believe has the potential to become as common as birdhouses, given a few years of design innovation and market saturation to reach a wider audience. The effects of this market’s growth could have a tremendously positive impact on dwindling wild bee populations around the world.
An Easy Way to Check Soil Texture Type
As we head into spring planting this season, it’s important to protect your new seedlings from any lingering frost or cold snaps. For this reason, some folks will keep their new sprouts indoors until it’s definitely warmer.
Others either lack indoor space or are eager to get their gardens started. In this post I’ll look at four ways you can plan ahead with your garden design to protect your baby sprouts from any cold weather you may still experience before spring fully returns.
Last week I performed a quick home soil texture test to help me better prepare for spring planting. This kind of test can help you determine the best plants your garden is naturally suited for, or what basic soil additives you may want to acquire if you wish to change that.