This is a blog by Thomas Wang, gardener and professor at City College of San Francisco.  Each post is a nature story with teaching diagrams.   The posts range the gamut of Thomas’ research interests from the qualities of soil and water to food and drug plants; from butterflies around San Francisco to the caterpillar within.  Main topics are in CAPITAL LETTERS in BOLD.

A synopsis of most the contents in this blog are here for easy reference.

INTRODUCTION TO PLANTS, TAXONOMY & STRUCTURE

10. Seeds, stilt roots, latex canals and sap

21. Chill hour

51. Working as a gardener

53. Parts

58. Conifers

63. Abscisic acid, pollination, and fertilization

85. Basic cactus identification

86. Centers of diversity

88.  Structures roots stems leaves flowers seeds

89.  Chemicals hormones and alkaloids

90.  Camellias

92.  Bromeliads

SAFETY:

66. Gardening mechanics and injuries

SOILS AND FERTILIZERS

93.  Nitrogen

8. Serpentine soils

43. Soil, water, and trees relationships

60. Soil basics and a little chemistry

61. Soils food webs and organic matter

62. Soils cation exchange capacity and colloids

77. Soils composition and function

CLIMATE AND TIMING

73. Gardening climate

WATER AND IRRIGATION

8. Water molecules

12. Washing dishes

22. Irrigation notes

78. Fishing

PLANT PROPAGATION

80. Making cuttings

PLANT PATHOLOGY

64. Fungus basics

48. Trees death and disease

87. Vectors, viruses and bacteria

ENTOMOLOGY

9. Insect pests in the garden

12. parasitic beetles

29. Invertebrates rule

31. Invertebrate larvae

32. Bee love

LAWN AND GRASSES

59. Grasses

WOODY PLANTS

16. Trees People are walking trees

40. Some basic vocabulary

42. Trees identification and classification

45. Trees selection

46. Trees pruning and planting

VEGETABLES AND FRUITS

13. Kimchi and daylength, hot and cold

20. Challenges

GARDEN DESIGN

23. Notes on Chinese gardens

39. Site survey

47. Styles

71. Hardscape materials

75. Hatching

79. Water features

81. Plant placement

POISONOUS AND MEDICINAL PLANTS

7. Plants and language in Chinese foods and medicines

11. Betel nuts and dosage

17. Umbilical cord of the milky way

24. Rainforest plants as teachers?

25: Medicine healing with plants

33. Dibujos de bosque

36. Rainforest a patient’s perspective –traditional Amazonian medicine

50. Plants coca and cola

67. Looking for Wirikuta

69. Amazon metamorphosis

74. Plant chemicals

82. Piperaceae and kava

MYTHOLOGY AND TALES

4. Corn story

5. China mythology and language

6. Yin and Yang

15. Baobab and yage

26. Por los abuelos

34. Rainforest cuentos de la selva

52. Ceremony at the beach

68. Wapaq

83. All are family and relatives

84. Sedna the sea goddess

ANIMALS

49. Habitats and adaptations

OCEAN

2. Shark food

3. Go surf!

21. Garbage

44. Waves!!

65. Surf old time stories

SAN FRANCISCO

35. Features

ENERGY

91.  Fuels

The goal is a stronger bond to the world that surrounds us, and an inner metamorphosis.  Good luck in your journey!  If you like these posts, you may like Thomas’ books.  “In the Garden With Blue Butterflies”, published by lulu.com and Mission Blue Project, is an introductory horticultural text for beginning gardeners.  It is filled with pictures you can color, and is a good complement to the standard academic texts.  This blog is in book form for those of you who like the feel and easily crumpled nature of books – “Coyote’s Tomb of Secrets” and “Inside Raven’s Nest”.

Thomas’s poetic arts and crafts combos are at missionauzl.wordpress.com.  His back-in-the-day paintings and writings can be found at missionblueproject.com.  There, you will find information about the Mission Blue butterfly, as well as see visions of earth power and desert transformations.  Well, enjoy!

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