Planting Pacifies Pandemic Panic

The cognitive disconnect is extreme. Beautiful March sunshine, flowers in bloom, the bees, buzzing in anticipation of a new season. Shuttered businesses, empty grocery shelves, shelter-in-place orders and lock-downs around the country, all in preparation for the onslaught of an invisible enemy. A liar in chief tries to turn a catastrophe to his personal advantage. [...]

I’m getting rid of Imidacloprid – Avoiding the Worst Neonicotinoid Insecticides

I'm often asked which products are OK and which should be avoided.  Hence the mnemonic in the title to help you remember I'm getting rid of Imidacloprid.  Say it three times out loud, and when you read the labels at the garden store you will remember:  I'm getting rid of Imidacloprid. When it comes to [...]

Decisions

The glorious spring weather propels the season forward and we struggle to keep up with nature's beck and call.  This last week the bees have been sitting out on their porch like it was August.  I can tell they are getting restless and want to expand their numbers.  If you are a beekeeper you are supposed to do something [...]

Spring Salad

Although much of the country is getting a premature heat wave, up here in the Pacific Northwest we are getting another rather cool wet spring for the third year in a row.  The garden is still too wet to cultivate in most areas.  However, last year's industry is still paying off.   I finally removed [...]

The Overwintered Garden

New growth is the name of the game in March.  Until now, winter gardeners were mostly harvesting the stored fortunes of the previous growing season.  The Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, cabbage, parsnips, and rutabagas put their future in stored nutrition in the form of tightly curled leaves, and oversized stems and roots. But with the longer [...]