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
Try This Tool for Quick Acorn Clean Up!
Anyone who has a mature Oak on their property knows that it’s a love-hate relationship with this tree. The mess dropped from the spring flowers is easy enough to clean up with light raking and mowing, but acorns in the fall are another story. Oaks are beautiful trees and provide so much richness to the landscape, if only there were some magical way to keep the love alive for this species when their constant messiness challenges a gardener to just put an end to it all. Continue reading Acorns Driving You Nuts?
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