Weeds!

What a weedy start to summer! People are wondering what those tall yellow-flowered weeds are that cover yards, fields, ditches and any other open space. The two most prevalent weeds we have been seeing are flixweed, Descurainia sophia, and tumble mustard, Sisymbrium altissimum. Although these are not noxious weeds defined …

Organic vs. Inorganic fertilizers

Gardeners often ask whether organic or inorganic fertilizers are better for plants. The truth is that plants don’t care whether the nutrients they receive are organic or inorganic as long as they receive their required 16 macro- and micronutrients in the appropriate amounts. The primary plant nutrients are nitrogen, phosphorus, …

Pizza gardens and more

Non-traditional vegetable gardening is a rewarding creative outlet. Whether you plant your veggies in the ground or in containers, think outside the box. Think ethnic, global, regional or thematic. Try an Italian (tomato, garlic, radicchio, bell pepper, parsley), Asian (Japanese eggplant, Chinese cabbage, pea pods, coriander), Greek (tomato, eggplant, cucumber, …

Pig Manure– is it safe for gardens?

Recently a gardener called to ask me about using pig manure in her garden. I had always heard NOT to use pig manure because it may contain disease organisms such as E. coli, Salmonella,Campylobacter, Yersinia, Cryptosporidium, Giardia. I decided to research this further. I found that these pathogens and others …