Gardening begins with the soil. Let’s talk…
After a heated #groundchat roundtable discussion last week about the connection between soil and nutrient-dense food — based on Monica Nickelsburg article’s Peak soil: Why nutrition is disappearing from our food — I have come to several conclusions.
Written on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 in Plants & Soils
Nothing frustrates me more than the marketing machine pushing a product and product information that is either misleading or clearly not true.
At this time of the year, it is all about spring-blooming bulbs! The marketing/merchandising of bulbs is a big business…but it has competition in the stores with Thanksgiving and Christmas merchandise. This pressure to sell has created a monster: pushing the sale of bulbs way before it is the right time to plant.
Written on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 in Plants & Soils
The great thing about going to corporate events is that you never know what stories, people or ideas will pop up. For instance at the end of August, I visited the Stokes Seeds Trail Gardens on a joint President’s Choice/ Stokes Seeds event in St. Catherines, Ontario. It turns out that the most engaging story for me was meeting Niagara College Coop student, Caitlin Ayling.
Written on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 in Soil People
“Disease prevention must be the primary goal since no chemicals cure a Phytophthora-infected plant, “ says Penn State Extension. Most extensions and other gardening information sites state similar things. But there still are Extension sites and horticultural companies, advocating the use of fungicides. Who are we to believe?
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Written on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 in Plants & Soils
Written on Thursday, May 30, 2013 in Plants & Soils
Pumpkin questions caught my attention at the Master Gardeners plant clinic this year. Pumpkin flowers, pollination and fruit set.
Pumpkins at the Dallas Arboretum
Written on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in Plants & Soils
Twenty years ago I decided to start a garden maintenance company. I was fresh out of university, and had worked at low-paying jobs in garden centres, seed companies, and landscaping and garden maintenance companies. I had very little money to buy garden equipment, so could buy only the most essential equipment.
Corona secateurs, one of the 11 essential gardening maintenance tools.
Written on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 in Landscaping & Soil
I don’t usually grow orchids. Many growers and gardeners advocate precise lighting, nutrition, water, temperature and soil conditions. Way too finicky for me! But since the mini-orchid was given to me, I thought I would give it a try.
I was in for a big surprise.
Written on Thursday, February 14, 2013 in Plants & Soils
This week’s really, really cold temperatures has me stuck indoors for hours. Sucks. But it got me thinking, is this cold weather good for something?
Written on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in #groundchat News
Last Friday, I had the pleasure of having Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott guest host on #GroundChat. She covered the many myths around mulch. Many of the myths blew well-accepted mulch practices right out of the water!
Written on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 in Building Soil