Water. We need it to live. A human can go without food for three weeks, but we cannot survive much more than three days without water. Perhaps this is why we can't stop ourselves from watering our plants to death. We have the best intentions. We bring home a plant full of determination to be… Continue reading The Most Common Reason Your Houseplants Die…
Fireweed Chamerion angustifolium is so named because it is the first plant to spread like a welcome weed following a fire.A single fireweed plant produces an incredible 80,000 seeds! Each seed is equipped with tiny umbrella-like tufts that allows them to soar through the air peppering the entire landscape with pink possibilities. The main reason… Continue reading Fifteen Facts about Fireweed
After a natural disaster we expect help to arrive in the form of Relief Agencies and Government Aid, but we might be surprised to learn sunflowers often come to the rescue as well. As sunny and cheerful as they are, sunflowers are about far more than just boosting spirits and looking pretty. These big, bright,… Continue reading How Sunflowers Save the Earth
Alfalfa is to Roses what Kale is to Humans. Ridiculously good for whatever ails you. Alfalfa is a common forage crop rich in nitrogen and other trace nutrients. You can purchase alfalfa in pelleted or meal form from any livestock feed store in 50 lb (22.6 kg) bags for a very reasonable price. You can… Continue reading Roses Love Alfalfa
Red Wigglers may not have the biggest hearts but they probably have the most. These favoured worms of the compost crowd have five hearts, two stomachs, one brain and zero ears, eyes, nose or teeth.
In the wild, clematis grows on the edge of forests where they can clamour up a tree to reach the sun. Gardeners in the know mimic these conditions to grow clematis that thrive. Allow your clematis to climb up a support so it can get its head in the sun, but be sure to cover… Continue reading Why Clematis like Sunny Heads and Cool Feet
Short answer? No. No it will not. I wanted to believe the myth after working in my garden yesterday and inadvertently slicing a poor, hardworking, earthworm in half. Fortunately, the news isn't all bad. Read on. Earthworms have a head on one end and a tail on the other, though it is difficult to tell which is… Continue reading If a Worm is Cut in Half will it Turn into Two Worms?
If Easter has left you walking on eggshells and you don't know what to do with all those leftover cartons of cackle berries and shells here are half a dozen uses for eggs in the garden! Use shells for starting seedlings in. They will appreciate the boost of calcium they receive from the shell. This… Continue reading Six Uses for Eggs in the Garden
Weeds can be both informative and beneficial. Geologists use weeds as indicators of soil conditions and so can gardeners. Dock, Horsetail, Foxtail and Goldenrod are all indicators that the soil is prone to wet conditions at some time of the year. During rainy periods this is self evident but if you’re landscaping an unfamiliar area during… Continue reading What Weeds Can Tell You About Your Soil
So just how hungry ARE red wigglers? Hungry enough to consume half their weight in kitchen waste (vegetable scraps, fruit, coffee grounds, oatmeal, egg shells etc.) every single day! After consuming the waste the worms produce wonderful, rich, castings that make an awesome organic fertilizer. What are castings? Polite speak for worm poop. Many urban… Continue reading Hungry, Hungry, Red Wiggler Worms