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Posts tagged ‘chemistry’

Rain, rain, come again … petrichor or geosmin?

Autumn rain after a dry summer triggers an instant transformation of our surroundings. If you have a backyard, you don’t have to step too far to appreciate it. Read more

Red and yellow and ….

In the US, they call it leaf peeping, in Japan, momijigari. It’s when people flock to parts of the country to see leaves change colour in autumn. Read more

How organic is it?

Dear Geeky, I buy organic seedlings, plant them in organic potting mix and feed them with organic fertiliser. But I live under the flight path and next to a busy road. Read more

Scent of the soil

It’s been raining and the colours in the garden are more vivid than ever. The water cranks up the green yet blackens the soil. It’s a garden of contrasts.

When the rain stops and the temperature lifts a little, the smell of damp soil beckons me outside. I can thank the molecule geosmin for that. Read more