Once again, it's been a good week for reading about everything from gardening to farming to climate change to nuclear reactors. My head's in a whirl, but here's a few items I thought worth sharing.
This article from Life on the Balcony on supporting pollinators on the balcony gives some great flower ideas as well as general information on why people should care about helping our little buzzing friends. It's their handiwork, after all, that brings about the food we love to eat.
And here's a wonderful piece from back home in Michigan about something we really love to eat and garlic's little secret: scapes.
Long and in two parts, these two articles by Tom Philpott before he moved from Grist to Mother Jones about food and place are, as always, deeply thought-provoking. I'd recommend settling in with a coffee now before beginning them. The second part includes beer, which lightens the mood some from the first.
Swinging back around to this side of the world, there's this nice piece from Martin over at Kurushii - News from Japan about how a number of Japan's reactors are heading off-line even without a tsunami. This article from the Daily Yomiuri and part of a series on how the crises unfolded is fascinating and frightening.
And, because a series of aftershocks have rolled through recently and I need some distraction, I'm ending with this video from the Whole Foods parking lot. I love his shopping bag.