Pedagogy of the Plants

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Medusa Head Cases

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Tillandsia caput-medusae and Baby

Tillandsia caput-medusae Planter

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 17, 2015 at 7:14 pm

Summer Succulents

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Skateboard Deck Succulent Planter

One of this planter’s weathered sides is an old shop deck from Feral Skate Shop (circa 2005). The one opposite was made by a local company called Boulevard Skateboards. The former residents were left outside and didn’t survive last year’s coldest temperatures, so these drought resistant fatties will overwinter indoors.

Skateboard Deck Succulent Planter On the Porch

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 4, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Mama Wolves in the Strawberries

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Strawberry Bud

“Too late and too hot to plant strawberries,” says the man at the nursery. Back home though, last year’s plants are making a comeback, despite an invading army of weeds.

Wolf Spider With Egg Sac

While using a small trowel to dig up the roots, a wolf spider appears with a perfectly round, marble-sized egg sac.

Wolf Spider Protecting Egg Sac

Shielding the sac from whatever a lanky biped might do, she gently climbs on top, waiting for the novice gardener’s next move.

Wolf Spider Dragging Egg Sac

The human steps out of sight (not easy with eight eyes watching), so mama crawls over the sphere and attaches it to her spinneret. Next, she drags it to the side of the bed, then begins digging face-first into the soil.

Egg Sac Spot

Unbeknownst to the submerged, the human returns with small reeds, marking the area like an endangered piping plover or loggerhead nest on the beach.

Wolf Spider Carrying Egg Sac

Another wolf spider (family?) stealthily emerges from the underground towing respective luggage,

Wolf Spider With Egg Sac

then skitters across the topsoil looking for an undisclosed locale,


and finally gets to digging.

Secret Egg Sac Spot

With her precious orb safely buried, she emerges to find four curious sticks poking out of the dirt.

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Okra Leaf Squatter

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Young Praying Mantis on Okra Leaf 2


While watering the garden, this little neighbor crawls out from under an okra leaf.


Young Praying Mantis on Okra Leaf

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 24, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Boulevard Community Garden

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Stone Pile With Wheelbarrow

So much depends upon a red wheelbarrow (with this soil).

Boulevard Garden Plot 1


Boulevard Garden Plot 2


Herb Garden Path


Boulevard Blueberries


Pink Flower


Garlic Flower


Purple Thistle


Author Matt Hern is the founder of The Purple Thistle Centre in Vancouver, Canada. According to his website, “We run a 2500 sq/ft resource centre that has a ton of supplies, tools, materials, classes and workshops,  and its all free.  There’s a library, bike fixing shop, computer lab, silkscreening room, animation facility and lots else.  And maybe best of all, the whole thing is run by a youth collective that controls all the day-to-day operations and really runs the place.” Matt’s latest guidebook for teens is Stay Solid!


Wandering Onions


Wooden Chair

Estival Starts

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Sunflower Start

Sprouted from fallen kernels, two young sunflowers occupy the southwest corner of the vegetable bed among okra and Thai red pepper comrades. Welcome.

Solanum Starts

The first tomatoes appear mid-June amidst hopes of an extended growing season (likely, if this winter’s as mild as last).

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 20, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Last Tomato

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Written by Cameron Brooks

November 3, 2012 at 8:35 am