Contrary to popular opinion you don’t need to have a massive garden to be able to successfully grow plants, vegetables and herbs. You can grow a wide variety of plants whether you have acres of land or just a balcony. With cloches and indoor greenhouses all readily available, even plants that need a lot of [...]Full Story»
Although blight is often referred to as a fungal spore, it can also be a protozoa, bacteria or virus as well. It’s almost a catch all term for what often inflicts vegetation during damp or humid and windy conditions. It affects a wide variety of plants, from carrots to potatoes and apple trees to squash. [...]
Lately, I feel as though our garden has turned into a battle zone. I’m either drowning Colorado beetle larvae, preventing cutworms, trying to foil cabbage worms or rub off the thousands of eggs they have laid on our growing food. If it is not the countless other pests and diseases trying to take over, it [...]
As we all know, the purpose of gardening is different for every person. However, no matter the size or location of your plot, healthy and independent gardening processes should not be forgotten. The everyday conveniences provided by agribusinesses should be understood by urban and rural Americans alike. While gardening may offer insight to small scale [...]
One trait plants and people have in common is they prefer to be in a clean state rather than constantly covered in filth. The reason for this is twofold: Like humans, plants enjoy and need light. Though the necessary levels vary per plant natural sun light is essential for carrying out the process of photosynthesis which turns carbon dioxide in the air into organic compounds such as sugars. However, when plants are dirty they absorb less light which slows photosynthesis weakening them.
Apartment building balconies often have just enough room for a little table and maybe two chairs. Nevertheless, with the right planning and ingenuity they can also be attractive little garden centers with a variety of plants for edible and decorative uses. The main challenge in setting one up, though, is making good use of space. [...]