Stuff You Missed in Botany: Book Review

Stuff You Missed in Botany: Book Review

My stuff you missed is not a Botany term at all, but rather, a book review.

Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock

I’m recommending this book to everyone, not just those with kids. In truth, I use it more than my kids, or at least as much as they do.

Inside Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock

The book is The Handbook of Nature Studyby Anna Botsford Comstock. It was written in 1911 with a rewrite in 1931. Either version is great, but I prefer the 1911 personally. This book has a thousand things to learn about that you’ve always wanted to know, and another thousand that you didn’t even know you wanted to know.

So, here’s how we used it this week.

Black Widow Spider by the Zinnias

While filling in some empty spots in the Zinnia bed we found this little gal lurking…

Let me tell you, it took every bit of influence I had to get the Parsnip not to squish it. I know he’s just worried about Patrick, but good gravy, she was all the way by the street and we don’t get over there very often.

I had to remind Paddy to not pick up any spider he sees (he views them as viable options for friends) and we used the Handbook to learn more about them. He was pretty impressed with the idea that this little lovely could make him extremely sick if she felt threatened. I don’t think we need to worry about him putting her in a jar any time soon.

Jonathan is now convinced he’ll be bitten since he has moved those landscape timbers a thousand times when he mows. Ha! He assures me he’ll be wearing the gloves I got for him from now on. I’ve been trying to get him to wear those anyway, so that works for me.

So, my little black friend has made quite an impression this week. Talk about your “teachable moments”.

Sister 1 Corn

Another thing we used the Handbook for this week was for a refresher of the Three Sisters method. If you haven’t already seen this, it is the Native American way of planting Corn, Beans and Squash together. They work in harmony. The corn provides a trellis for the beans, the beans feed the corn and squash, the squash chokes out weeds, shades the ground and provides a living mulch for the corn and beans. Cool!

Sister 2 Beans

Yesterday we planted some of our plots of the sisters three. Be sure to read Saturdays post about my corn this year. I’m so exited about it! As you can see in the pictures, we had a load of fun with this project. Even the Parsnip had fun and fun in the garden for him is usually reserved for the eating part. He also did the fancy pictures for me, for which I am indeed grateful.

Sister 3 Squash

This week I’m thankful for many things.

I’m thankful for the Black Widow. She’ll keep unwanted pests away from my Zinnias and Marigolds.

I’m thankful for my garden. It’s a good reason to get up in the morning.

I’m thankful for my family, near and far.

I’m thankful for my friends, real and virtual (and by virtual, I mean on the computer, not computer generated, that would be weird.)

I’m thankful that the severe pain from last week has lessened to a dull roar. I’m thankful for my creative, grouchy, husband for his help and support. I’m thankful mostly for my two younger boys that have been growing so nicely in this good place. As you can see from the pictures. We keep watering Patrick, and he keeps growing.

Paddy in the yard after planting corn.

Have a Paisley Weekend!~KeriAnne



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