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Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 8

When hiking south of Sedona today, I noticed an important sign at the start of a trail. It explains that at first glance the surface of a desert looks like a dead, dry crust of nothing. In actuality, however, there is a thriving community of bacteria, fungi, mosses, lichens and liverworts that keeps the entire area alive.

This is not just true in the desert, of course. What gardeners call the “soil food web” is a similar, intricate community in forests, fields and landscapes in all parts of the world. We’re all well reminded that the dirt itself is multifaceted and alive, and from the ground to the skies, everything is connected to everything else.

Things are always more complex then we think. From soil to human relationships, there are intricate communities and connections that need to be respected.

The sign...

Close up of the right side,

and the left side.

So we know that the life in this landscape extends far beyond what we see.

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