Watching a Netflix documentary called Sustainable, about the problems with agriculture and industrial food production, and how to fix them. It's very interesting!
A quote from farmer Klaas Martens, being interviewed:
“every one of those [agricultural] problems can be dealt with by improving and increasing the amount of biodiversity. [...] One of my observations from farming is that whenever we have a species be dominant it’s generally the right one for the conditions, and when we have a weed take over a field, it’s quite often nature taking a problem we’ve created and trying to fix it for us.”
literal plant food
A got a little treat for my green sweetheart. She's growing so healthily!
Natural food sold for pet reptiles or fish is often ideal for carnivorous plants. This time I got her turtle treats. These are dried gammarus pulex, a type of freshwater amphipod crustacean. They're quite nutritious for aquatic pets, and pitcher plants will happily digest them too.
It's Dwarfism Awareness Month. Please take a little time this month to learn about some of the many conditions which cause dwarfism, like achondroplasia and growth hormone deficiency.
Hey @vicorva, I’m enjoying your book so far!
A random thing I've been doing lately to reduce my waste – I keep any and all vegetable scraps in a bag in my freezer. Whenever I've collected enough, I boil them all up into vegetable stock to use in cooking, to give plenty of that sweet, sweet umami flavour.
All kinds of scraps go in the bag. Carrot peel. Onion skin. That one mushroom which always starts to go dry before I can use it. The only rules are to make sure everything's clean, and to avoid using anything which is rotten or mouldy.
And both of these are not to be confused with the fried chicken mushroom (Lyophyllum decastes) which doesn't taste like chicken at all.
It's widely found in North America, where it likes to grow in disturbed and broken ground, around pathways, and only occasionally in the woods.
Apparently, it tastes a little like radishes.
This is not to be confused with "Hen of the Woods" (Grifola frondosa), a mushroom which grows at the base of trees. It's native to Northeast Asia and North America.
In Japan, it's known as maitake (舞茸) and is often cooked and eaten, alongside other Japanese mushrooms like shitake and enoki.
This one isn't parasitic, and grows from potato-sized underground tubers.
This is a bracket fungus known as "Chicken of the Woods" (Laetiporus sp.). Different species of it grow across the world, living as parasites on trees.
Picked while young, it's edible (though a few people may have a mild allergic reaction to it). Many consider it to taste like chicken, and it can be used as a substitute for chicken in cooking.
Eating it will help the tree too, because this fungus can cause harm to its host.
solar energy, chemistry, alcohol
Dye-sensitised solar cells are a type of photovoltaic device which uses a colourful dye to absorb light and cause an electric current, instead of the silicon semiconductors which most regular solar cells use.
It works because chemically, colour is caused by light being absorbed by molecules, which makes their electrons jump about. Dyes used to make solar cells absorb light strongly, and completely give up those electrons, which causes an electric current to flow.
So it turns out, because red grapes are full of molecules which are very good at absorbing light, you can make a working dye-sensitised solar cell using port wine instead of one of the fancy dyes which are normally used.
And honestly, I just thought that was really cool and worth sharing! ☀️
I like plants more than people 🌱 Probably not an actual supervillain. Probably.
Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.