The United Nations officially adopted December 5th as World Soil Day in 2014 in order to bring awareness to the importance of healthy soil through sustainable practices that encourage biodiversity.
Unfortunately, much of the food grown in the United States is treated with harmful pesticides in order to increase farm productivity. Fertilizers are then used to bring life back to the soil that's been killed off by the pesticides. Monocropping (such as corn, soybeans and wheat) further depletes the land of any nutrients and without nutrients in the soil, farmers are basically left with land degradation. It's a vicious cycle that needs to be remedied.
Saved some seeds from a bell pepper and planted them today. Whether they grow or not doesn't matter since it costs nothing to try.
I've got lemon and tangerine plants that I successfully sprouted from storebought fruit.
I put them outside once they were established and they are a bit waterlogged right now from all the rain, but hopefully we'll get a drying out period coming up this next week.
My husband bought a birdseed mix that I put out in a bowl on our balcony. Not sure what's all in it, but today I found seeds that had been dropped and actually started sprouting in some wet leaf litter. I put them in a small pot and we'll see what happens.
We had sunshine this morning but it's rained again this evening and more is expected throughout the night.
Neighborhood ducks are enjoying the puddles, but I'm ready for a dry spell.
How's the weather where you are?