Are you as forgetful as I? The last time we were at our cottage, I left my camera there. We were planning a trip to the shore, and of course I wanted the camera, but the day we planned to drive out and pick it up, well, I was suffering from food poisoning of all things.Continue Reading
Sometimes you think there won’t be a garden. Winter wouldn’t end this year. And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve planted and re-planted beans and cucumbers and carrots and chard because of those blasted critters. And then it happens . . .
What is late blight?
The weather here in NEPA has been cooler than normal. Instead of the hazy-hot-and-humid-chance-of-an-afternoon-thunderstorm weather typical for July, we’ve had mild days with cool nights great for sleeping, along with a fair share of rain. And that’s the perfect prescription for the spread of the the pathogen Phytophthora infestans, better known as late blight.Continue Reading
What Information Does a Soil Test Provide
Soil tests contain valuable information but have their limitations, unless you are getting specialized, expensive tests. Most basic soil tests provide the ph level of your soil, and measure the amount of potassium, calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium in the soil. Continue Reading
“Hypertufa is an anthropic rock made from various aggregates bonded together using Portland cement. Hypertufa is intended as a manufactured substitute for natural tufa, which is a slowly precipitated limestone rock; being very porous, it is favorable for plant growth.”
Every gardener knows how important it is to attract birds to their garden. They are great at providing pest control and eating weed seeds, and add beauty to our gardens. Providing water is one way to attract these feathered friends, and yet we had no birdbath in our yard. The shame.Continue Reading