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While many people count the days until winter is over, I find myself excited for the new discoveries that winter brings into the garden. There is nothing like a fresh snowfall to show you who has been visiting the gardens, and we were fortunate enough to still have snow on the ground for our Who's Been Here? program. As we walked the grounds in search of tracks, scat, and homes, I was amazed at the number of tracks that we saw! Below is a list of the animal tracks that we were fortunate enou...
70 pounds and Counting
It’s November, cooler temperatures have set in, summer is a distant memory, and most gardeners have called it quits for the vegetable growing season. Being the intrepid Square Foot gardener that I am, I continue to protect the plants, collect and weigh the produce, hoping to reach a self-imposed harvest of 100 pounds, before I call it quits..
This Iranian jar is almost 6,000 years old. It depicts the Persian, or Bezoar, Ibex – the ancestor of our domesticated goat. While our modern goats have horns, the bezoar ibex has the largest horns, considered in proportion to body weight, of any animal in the world. The enormous horns, and the characteristic beard (from which we get the word "goatee"), are beautifully represented. The ibex's distinctive form and trophy-worthy horns have made it the object of hunters for millennia. Today, t...