Johnny’s Seeds sent us our bare root strawberry plants at the ‘appropriate planting time for our region.’ Hoping today’s rain will wash away the last of the snow so we can plant them.Read more
Peas take nitrogen from the atmosphere and ‘fix’ it in the soil. Adding beneficial bacteria to the soil through an inoculant helps the peas do this extra efficiently. Here’s a good system for inoculating peas (and beans for that...Read more
3 Years with NO DEER???
Check out the barrier MD Extension Specialist Jon Traunfield built that has been successful at keeping deer (and rabbits and groundhogs) out for 3 successive years. GROW IT EAT IT BLOGRead more
Getting ready to plant peas: apprentice gardener Kris learns how to pull winter weeds, add compost and turn the soil. Love this excuse to pass off the heavy lifting and just show up for the planting….Read more
Thinking about spring and favorite plants right now. Here’s one of the best: Amsonia hubrechtii, Blue Star Flower. Amsonia is a tough native, easy to care for, gorgeous in bloom with fabulous summer texture and stunning gold fall color. In...Read more
Precaution or Risk/Cost/Benefit Analysis????
Precaution or Risk/Cost/Benefit Analysis???? Situation: A five dollar bill blows out of your hand and lands between the rails on the metro track. A train is coming in 5 minutes. Do you: A. Jump down and grab the bill because you’ve got...Read more
What should we infer?
Prior to the 1930’s (pre- pesticides), US Agriculture lost 13% of crops to insects and disease. Currently, we lose 17% of our agricultural crops to pests and disease. Are these chemicals solving problems or creating new ones? Thanks to Chip...Read more
Skip the fertilizer
You can grow healthy plants without fertilizer. NOFA’s standards for soil offer a helpful description of the process and rationale: NOFA Soil Standards There are two approaches to matching soils and plants: 1. We can maximize the diversity...Read more
Balancing on a see saw
This garden around my house is both part of a natural system and an interruption of it. Take nature’s system of feeding the soil with fallen leaves- a perfect cycle that we interrupt every fall when we blow all those leaves into the street to...Read more