Native plants don’t need to be coddled, coaxed or coerced the way “foreigners” often do, making them easier on your schedule and eco-friendly too. Native plants conserve water and assist in rebuilding of depleted soils and greatly reduce the contamination of soil and groundwater by fertilizers and pesticides, as they are not dependant on these “supplements” for survival. They score additional eco and back-to-nature entertainment points, because they provide food and shelter for native critters.
Did you know that just one handful of soil contains more “animals” than all the people on earth?
Granted, these are little critters, but animals none the less. We are talking tiny bacteria, fungi, micro-algae, protozoa and a few bigger guys – nematodes, mites and earthworms. The most diverse society we have on planet Earth is right under our feet. This is not a boring, casual group like a book club. Far from it! It is a rowdy collection of interdependent characters, caught up in life and death struggles that can be both tragic and heartening. Plant roots and seeds take part in the drama as secondary players. Continue reading Animals in My Dirt! Soil Bacteria Keep Things Healthy
Have you seen them? They’re everywhere lately… flaunting their plump, fuzzy, pokey twisty or flat-leaved stuff…in shades of blues and greens, sometimes blushing with red, orange or purple. Cacti and their other succulent counterparts, showing off in simple to artsy containers, are truly a hot gardening trend. Continue reading A Hot and Juicy-Leaved Trend…. Mixed Succulent Containers
“If you would be happy for a lifetime, grow Chrysanthemums.” (Chinese philosopher)
More than just a late-season garden booster, Chrysanthemums are used throughout the world in medicine, pest controls, edibles and teas. They are plants that have continually proved their worth, in both utility and beauty, since ancient times. Continue reading A Bit of Chrysanthemum History
Determinate or Indeterminate? Determinate varieties bear their entire crop at one time, making them a top choice for preserving. Indeterminate varieties have fruit ripening over an extended season, and are likelier to need growing supports such as stakes or cages. Continue reading Tomato and Pepper Types and Their Uses