Become a citizen scientist by participating in Project BudBurst, an online network with participants tracking and reporting on when certain plants leaf out, flower, or fruit. The data is easily collected and posted online for everyone to see, allowing us to learn about the importance of plants and how they are affected by environmental changes. Founded in 2007, Project BudBurst is co-directed by he National Ecological Observatory Network and the Chicago Botanic Garden. Although it accumulates data on all plants, Project BudBurst is targeting ten plants, including common lilac, forsythia, chokecherry, black cottonwood, red maple, red osier dogwood, red columbine, spiderwort, Virginia bluebells, and mayapple. Project BudBurst also has information on how to include kids in the activity as well as tracking changes in urban trees.
Where To Buy Fruits, Berries, and Nuts
Ever read about a particular variety of tree fruit, berry, or nut, then do a search online but find no source? Or just want more information about a particular variety? The solution is Fruit, Berry and Nut Inventory, 4th Edition: An Inventory of Nursery Catalogs and Websites Listing Fruit, Berry and Nut Varieties by Mail Order in the United States (Seed Savers Exchange, 2009, $24.00). This is a reference book that certainly is not for everyone, but for those who are interested in growing fruit, it is invaluable. The book lists 280 nurseries offering nearly 6,000 varieties, with everything from apples to bananas, tangerines, and buartnuts (butternut-walnut hybrids). Each variety entry includes information on growing habit, fruit description, growing zones, and crop expectations, pest resistance, and so forth, as well as which nurseries carry it.