Book Review (Double) Teaming with Microbes and Teaming with Fungi

Teaming with Microbes:  The Organic Growers Guide to the Soil Food Web by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis and Teaming with Fungi:  The Organic Growers Guide to Mycorrhizae by Lowenfels alone are two must reads for the modern gardener. Incredibly well researched, these books provide an extensive overview of soil food webs and microbial life,Continue reading “Book Review (Double) Teaming with Microbes and Teaming with Fungi”

Resource – My Favorite Gardening Youtube Channels

Here are a few gardening channels from Youtube that I find useful, practical, and informative.  There are many other great channels out there that I’m probably leaving out, but these are the ones that I come back to time and time again when I want to learn or review something.   The Gardening Channel With JamesContinue reading “Resource – My Favorite Gardening Youtube Channels”

Gardening Resources: Cheap or Free

Gardening can be a very expensive hobby.  Between buying soil, plants, containers, compost, mulch, supports, tools, and other gardening needs and wants gardeners end up spending a boatload.  Some years I think I spent way more money on growing food than I would have spent if I just bought the food at the supermarket (theContinue reading “Gardening Resources: Cheap or Free”

Easy Gardening Skill – How to Propagate Your Plants Through Cutting

There are two basic ways that plants can be propagated.  Sexually and Asexually.  Sexually is through seeds.  Asexually involves several other ways, such as cutting, grafting, layering, division, and a few other methods.  Propagation through cuttings is an inexpensive way to create clones of a plant you already have.  What do you need to propagateContinue reading “Easy Gardening Skill – How to Propagate Your Plants Through Cutting”

Native Plant Spotlight- Columbine

Red Columbines, or Aquilegia Canadensis (or Candadian Columbines), are a perennial that we found growing wildly in our yard without planting them.  When they sprouted up, I saw interesting foliage and decided to see what it was before calling it a weed and yanking it out.  When the flower opened, it looked familiar, and itContinue reading “Native Plant Spotlight- Columbine”

Native Plant Spotlight – Purple Coneflower

Native to North America, Purple Coneflower, or Echinacea is a great addition to any garden.  This plant is great for pollinators, as a food-source for wildlife, and is drought tolerant and deer resistant.   I have a row of this hearty perennial along my driveway.  It is very low maintenance.  Some weeks grow between them, mostlyContinue reading “Native Plant Spotlight – Purple Coneflower”

Weekly Nursery Update – June 5

This week we had an issue when I noticed one of our pepper plants had small black bugs on it.  I’m not 100% sure what they are, but they may be black aphids (I’ve seen white aphids bushes before).  They could have been pepper weevil larvae too, but I’m not certain.  They were pretty small,Continue reading “Weekly Nursery Update – June 5”

Favorite Gardening Resources – Podcasts

This is a list of podcasts that I particularly love listening to about gardening.  I know there have to be plenty more, so please share them with me!  I’m always looking for something good to listen to while working.   The Joe Gardener Show– Joe Lampl from the PBS show Growing a Greener World has aContinue reading “Favorite Gardening Resources – Podcasts”

Capturing a place, or a flavor

Gardeners have been doing it for centuries.  Trying to capture the flavors of the places they love by growing the produce from that region.  We’ve all heard stories about the Italian grandmother who brought over a branch from her favorite fig tree and propagated it here in the new world.  We have the same kindContinue reading “Capturing a place, or a flavor”

Peat Moss’s Environmental Impact

For many years, and for many garden beds I would revel in buying peat moss, a cheap and effective garden amendment that conditions soil.  Peat moss is lightweight, holds on to moisture, but not too much, it prevents soil compaction, it is a sterile medium for starting seeds, and it also has slight acidity, whichContinue reading “Peat Moss’s Environmental Impact”