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First up : the Maritime Noon Herb Garden sprouts into action / Phone-in : Sara Iverson and Boris Worm answer your questions about the current state and future of the oceans

Thyme's Up ! The Maritime Noon studio might have a lot of microphones and weather gauges and a laptop and electronics buttons, but it also has lots of natural light. Which had been going to waste, in a way. So you might remember that the last time Marjorie Willison was in for the gardening phone-in, we made a commitment to try one of the things she explained : how to start an indoor herb garden from seed.     
MN's producer, Deborah Woolway, and I took note of everything Marjorie said, got the seed & the soil and the trays & the markers and planted eight herbs : Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme ( aka the Simon & Garfunkel mix ) - along with Basil, Tarragon, Dill & Savoury, which as far as we know have never been incorporated into a hit song. There's a picture of Deborah with the modest flat of seeds near the top of this page.
But the good news is (to use the oldest gardening pun in the book) the thyme is up - already. It burst through the soil overnight - less than a week after being planted.
We'll keep you apprised of the victories and the defeats. And while we realize this might not compare with the drama of the Olympics, at least we have the exclusive broadcasting rights for this. And if you sign up (free) with Twitter.com, and follow CBCMaritimenoon,  you can get all the groundbreaking news on the Maritime Noon Herb Garden.

Untold Depths : The oceans cover 70% of the planet. From the surging tides that sweep in & out of the Bay of Fundy, to the Sargasso Sea, the frigid waters surrounding Antarctica, and the massive Pacific, they're all connected.  
Thursday, March 4th on CBC TV, The Nature of Things begins a provocative 4-part series entitled One Ocean on the ocean and the life it sustains - from the diverse & important microscopic plankton, to the sleek power of the ocean's top predators.
There's still much about the ocean we don't know, and our guests - both marine biologists at Dalhousie university - have devoted their careers trying to unlock its secrets.
Dr Boris Worm's teaching and research focus on the causes and consequences of changes in marine biodiversity, and conservation on a global scale. Dr. Sara Iverson is especially interested in how animals adapt to and exploit their environments in order to survive.
They answered your questions about the current state and future of the ocean.


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