Changes Affecting Horticulture, Both Bad & Good

with No Comments

It was May when I last posted anything. Doubling our farm, taking over as manager of our local farmers market, and unexpected contract work meant no time to write. I am sure you assumed this site died a quiet death … Read More

Nursery Industry Explores Biodegradable Containers

with No Comments

Plastic containers revolutionized plant production. Now a significant percentage of plants are grown in some type of container. At the retail level, containers not only hold plants and soil, but they have become a visual part of the marketing. Yet, … Read More

Show Me the Research – Glyphosate and GM Problems Expand

with No Comments

Monsanto’s PR team must be up nights…since the good news just keeps coming up around GM technology and their popular herbicide product…Round-Up. We have discussed several resistance issues recently (see both earlier “Show Me the Research” posts), but the concerns … Read More

Pest Invasion Tests Sustainable Strategies

with No Comments

Sustainability requires a careful, optimized use of a farm’s natural systems. Healthy soil, right plants in the right places, IPM strategies and diversity are all used in successful farms. It can and has worked. But, add an outside/alien invasive force…plant, … Read More

Green Streets/Bioswales/Rain Gardens

with No Comments

After at least a century of hard engineering solutions for urban rain/storm water run-off, communities are turning more and more to using a plant-based technology that mimics nature’s wetlands and ponds. Portland, Oregon, has played a leading role in supporting … Read More

Worm Culture…Helping Save the Planet

with No Comments

OK…I admit the headline is a bit overblown…but I have been encouraged by recent increased activity around using worms to recycle bio-materials, mainly food waste. I have personally followed the vermiculture movement for decades, since these hard working organisms both … Read More

Soil Health and Organic Fertilizers

with No Comments

Below is another response to an online post. The basic question was “what are good organic fertilizers” and some responses questioned whether they work or not. These are my quick thoughts…the books listed below apply to sustainable horticulture in many … Read More

Trees Saving the Planet?

with No Comments

The New York Times is reporting that a new research report, being published in today’s issue of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicates that trees are growing faster, perhaps in response to the atmosphere’s added carbon dioxide. … Read More

1 2