2/26/2013
A neglected, overgrown, old apple tree does have charm, its gnarled, elbowed branches seemingly ready to reach out for a hug. The fruits, unfortunately, more often than not are too small, too pest-ridden, and too high in the tree. My fear of heights makes the last deficiency most important to me. Large, clean fruits are for nought if I can’t bring myself to climb a ladder or the branches for harvest.
2/19/2013
Leafy greens are among the most nutritious foods you can eat, but what if they contain systemic pesticides like imidacloprid? New pesticides that are taken up by plants mean there may be pesticides in food crops like collards and kale, not just on the surface.
2/19/2013
A profile of Japanese and American persimmons, excellent trees for the deep south.
2/15/2013
This passive composting system creates beds of fertile soil through rotational composting.
2/12/2013
Let packages of heirloom seeds say how much you care.
2/11/2013
Learn how to grow, harvest and process cassava – an amazing staple crop.
2/8/2013
Learn how to rotate crops with this helpful crop rotation video.
2/7/2013
I’d like to introduce the words farmden and farmdener into the English language. I wonder if there are any other farmdeners out there. And just what is a farmden? It’s more than a garden, less than a farm. That’s my definition, but it also could be described as a site with more plants and/or land than one person can care for sanely. A gardener and garden gone wild, out of control.
2/7/2013
Des Moines, Iowa, gardeners may soon find themselves in hot water with their City. A local resident recently took front yard veggie growers to task for what the resident feels to be unsightly lawn growth. Beets and berries, it seems, do not have the same aesthetic appeal as a green, freshly-mowed front lawn.
2/6/2013
Using Pinterest can help inspire new gardening ideas.
2/4/2013
Why “hot and humid” doesn’t have to equal “sad and lifeless.”
2/1/2013
The past year was a rewarding one for apple discovery, because I potentially found the apple that started my apple search about sixteen years ago — the ‘Harper’s Seedling’ apple.



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