master the garden

Plant buds are undeveloped or embryonic shoots that arise on the tip of a stem or in the axil of a leaf. Composed of meristem tissue and containing undifferentiated cells, from which different plant structures develop and grow, and fueled by the rapid cell division when conditions are right they are formed in late summer/early fall and remain small and delicate and in most temperate-zone trees and shrubs.

biochar: industry update

As addressed by Kathleen Draper, IBI Board Chair in the 12/2020 newsletter, industry interest in biochar has been limited to agriculture, but recent interest in biochar has come from industries such as environmental engineering and waste management, along with an increasing number of companies, cities and countries that are embracing biochar as part of theirContinue reading “biochar: industry update”

master the garden: soil basics

Soil. A natural body embracing the topsoil, but also the subsoil and other layers above its parent rock – is a complex material that supports all life on earth and is a product of the environment – of the rock waste which is its parent material, of the climate under which it weathers, of the kind of topography upon which it is situated, of the vegetation and other organisms with which it develops, and of the length of time during which it has been developing. 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock

strawberry blonde: a story of appreciation

Marigolds – perfume to pest repellent – these versatile flowers have a place in the garden

atomic gardening

I have lived my entire life in the nuclear age. Technically, we no longer label present day as the “nuclear age”, meaning we do not define the present by nuclear technologies, that have been replaced by other disruptive technologies, which strikes me as odd since the world is filled with thousands of nuclear weapons, obtainContinue reading “atomic gardening”

id your tree

Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest‘ Monterey Cypress Soft and bright, the beautiful gold foliage will persist all year round making the Cypress a favorite in the garden. I use juvenile specimens in planters, transplanting them into the landscape as they mature. With an annual growth of 8 to 10 inches – mature specimens reach 7 to 8 feetContinue reading “id your tree”

id your tree

Pinus contorta  ‘Chief Joseph” I seem to be on a Brilliant Gold kick! But can you blame me? This time of year we have few opportunities to enjoy the warm sunny color of summer with the exception of gold conifers like the Chief Joseph Lodgepole Pines. Its new growth in the spring and summer is limeContinue reading “id your tree”

what the SOM?

soil organic matter as an indicator of soil health So what is SOM? The USDA defines SOM as: the organic component of soil consisting of three primary parts: (fresh) plant residues and small living organisms (active) decomposing organic matter (humus) stable organic matter Most of us understand the importance of sufficient nutrition in the soilContinue reading “what the SOM?”

master the garden: microclimate management

I have lived in 7 different planting zones and not one has been a perfect match for growing what I wanted. I had to get creative. What I learned was some plants will struggle to survive or fail to thrive without a little intervention on my part and just a few subtle manipulations in adjustingContinue reading “master the garden: microclimate management”

master the garden

part four botany basics: stems Stems support buds and leaves with a vascular system that forms a continuous ‘highway’ inside the stem from the root, through the stem and to the leaves – conduits for carrying water, minerals, and photosynthates (food). The structure of the vascular system consists of the xylem tubes that conduct waterContinue reading “master the garden”