I still haven’t figured it out yet! Maybe I should try marking a specific date on my calendar for blog postings. Is that how most of you do it? If not, how do you stay on a regular blogging schedule? I think sticking to a calendar date might be too tough for me. But how hard can that be?? It wouldn’t be if I’d just do it!
I thought it would be easy to become a better blogger when I decided to post recently published articles from my newspaper column; but I can’t even do that on a regular basis!
I have been reading regularly though; finished Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs over the winter (click here for a review) and fellow garden writer Amy Stewart’s “The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms” is being consumed at the present time. I learned something at the very beginning of her book that kind of surprised me: Charles Darwin’s last book was an in-depth analysis and study of earthworms. His work was detailed to the Nth degree! The full text of Darwin’s “The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms, With Observations on Their Habits” can be read here, and you don’t have to get very far into it before you realize that Darwin had the curiosity of a child. Go to Page 5, and read the 5th paragraph to get an idea of how involved Darwin became with his experiments on a worm’s hearing capability.
Stewart’s book is holding my interest, her writing style in The Earth Moved is pleasant; easy to read, and yet difficult enough to make you want to learn more about what she says. And she seems genuinely intrigued by an underground denizen that doesn’t get much exposure in the gardening world. In the Prologue she writes: “Millions- no, billions- of organisms inhabit my little piece of land, and it shocks me to realize how little I know of them.” I get the feeling early on that one of Ms. Amy’s purposes is to reiterate the importance of and reeducate us on all things wormy. The book has an original publication date of 2004, and I’m wondering why I’m just now finding out about it. The soil in my garden has been plowed for years by earthworms, do they really need my help? In the coming weeks, I’ll finish Ms. Amy’s book and I’m positive it’ll help me be more worm friendly.
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