Alpine Miniatures 1 16 German U-Boat Watch Officer (1 figure) snrgsa3424-Soldiers,Figures

Trumpeter 1 48 F-106b Delta Dart Usaf Two-seat Trainer Plastic Model

MarinLink serves as Home Ground Habitat Nursery's fiscal sponsor.

Eduard Brassin 1 48 U.S. GBU-43 B MOAB Guided Bomb

I’m quick when it comes to spotting potentially edible foods in the wild; partly from lots of reading about California flora, and how the native peoples provided for themselves; and partly from an all-consuming curiosity that’s been with me since childhood. I like to decipher the connections between plants; what’s related to what; and I’m willing to try almost anything once.   

AFV 1 35 M24 Chaffee British ArmySiderea Model Roma K 1102 - Catapulta Per Dardi Romano Bizantina - SEALED KITTrumpeter 1 48 Mikoyan Mig-27 Flogger DEduard 1 48 Messerschmitt Bf-110F K8207Bronco 1 35 Land-Wasser-Schlepper early CB35031

MNGTS-009 - Meng Model 1 35 - Char 2C French Super Heavy Tank
  • Male house finch at the feeder

SMTS RL19 Lotus 25 R1 Belgian GP 1962 Jim Clark - 1 43 Unpainted White Metal Kit200mm V-bust add on set, Vietnam, France 1944, Rorkes DriftTakom 1 35 Sd.Kfz.171 Panther A Mid-Early Production with Full Interior

In years past I’ve participated in Cornell University’s "Feeder Watcher Program", which engages citizen scientists all across America to help compile statistics on songbirds. One year, the observations of individual watchers was used to help monitor and track the spread of an eye infection amongst house finches.

Ebbro 1 20 Late Season McLaren Honda MP4-31 2016


Takom 1 35 M3A1 Lee CDL US Medium Tank 2115Meng TS-010 1 35 Russian BMPT Terminator Fire Support Combat VehicleM132 Armored Flamethrower 1 35 Model Kit - Dragon 3621

About eighteen years ago I was enrolled in a Nursery Management class at the College of Marin and our instructor always had plant propagules to share with his students. One day he took a bag of moist perlite full of stratified, and germinating redbud seeds from the refrigerator to share with the class. I took a dozen or so to grow on; but it wasn’t until several years later that I noticed some minor differences in the leaves of certain specimens: some were fully rounded, or with a slightly indented notch, others showed a delicate little tip to the rounded form; making the leaf almost a heart shape.  

MNGTS-004 - Meng Model 1 35 - AUF1 French 155mm Howitzer SPG
  • Juncos spend much of their time on the ground

Tamiya 1 35 35324 - Iraqi T-55 Tank Enigma + MB 35B41 Aluminium BarrelHasegawa 1 700 IJN Tatsuta Japanese Navy Light Cruiser Full Hull Special CH12Italeri 756 - MAN 26.321 Formel Six - 1 24 Scale Plastic Kit New - T48 PostTrumpeter 00203 1 35 German Faun Elephant SLT-56 Tank Transporter Assembly Model

Brush piles like this are wonderful cover for a lot of the ground feeding birds, and also benefit the raptors – both hawks and owls – because of the great cover for the rodent populations. Brushy areas also create nesting sites for the Juncos. These little sparrow relatives are very successful breeders, even with nests right on the ground! The lovely brown, tan and grayish tones of their plumage are perfect camouflage.

  • Cobweb Thistle in a sunny border
    BRONCO 1 350 NB5024 USS NEW YORK LPD-21 PLASTIC MODEL KIT Cobweb Thistle in a sunny border

Micro-Habitats; Knowing Your Land

My husband and I live on a south facing hillside situated above the Novato Creek floodplains; it’s a beautiful, warm, and sunny spot with a great vantage point. Our hill, called Cherry Hill on some maps, is a part of one of the ridges extending from Mt. Burdell, the 3rd highest peak in Marin County, and we’re directly facing Big Rock Ridge, the 2nd highest spot in Marin. When the skies are clear, we can actually see just a little tip of Mt. Tamalpais, the highest peak in Marin! To the east, we can see the twin peaks of Mt. Diablo, which is the highest peak of all in our area and therefore the base meridian of much of northern California.

8,8cm KwK 36 L 56 EARLY TIGER I AUSF E(H) METAL BARREL L05 1 16 ABERNEW HAYNES BUILD YOUR OWN 4-CYLINDER COMBUSTION ENGINE KIT HM04 TOP QUALITYDragon 1 35 6885 Pz.kpfw.iv Ausf.E Sd.kfz 181 Tiger I Battle of Kursk

Even so, with not much more than an inch of rain, I’m witnessing an almost instantaneous re-greening of the landscape! Within days thousands of seeds are germinating; lots of grasses, and a great variety of weeds and wildflowers. This is where the fun begins. I love the challenge of identifying these minute plantlets. Sometimes I’m already so familiar with the plant that I know it from the cotyledons, but very often I need to see the first true leaves before I really know what they are.

Thinking About Weeds

Trumpeter 1 350 05312 HMS Repulse 1941Hot Air Stirling Engine Generator Motor Toy Mini Manson Engine Power GeneratorNuts Planet 1 24 T75024 Advance Guard BarricadeHobbyboss 1 350 86513 USS Alaska CB-1

REVELL H-1282 orange CRATE 1932 FORD SEDAN VINTAGE 1 25 Model Car MountainMetal gun scale model Napoleon Rifle miniature display gun toy WKitty Hawk 32013 1 32 P-39Q N Airacobra 1943 NewHasegawa 1 48 Macross Plus YF-19 Fighter Model Kit NEW from JapanLamborghini Countach LP400 1 24 ( Tamiya )

Here’s where my thoughts about weeds differ from those of many others; weeds are not all bad! 

Kuhn UH2786 Kuhn Vari-Master 182 Plough Agri Model-Scale - 1 32 J2786 New Revell - 04877 - C-54D Skymaster