“You can’t have a healthy civilization without healthy soil. You can’t have junk food and have healthy people.” – Joel Salatin
One of the main and most recurring questions we get in the nursery is “why does my plant look sickly?”
Whether you call them tuh-MAY-to or tuh-MAH-to, almost everyone has questions about how, where or what types to grow. We’ll start from the ground and work our way up.
If you’re itching to get your hands in the soil and get a jump start on your spring/summer garden but know that it is too early to do so outside, then now is your prime opportunity to start your favorite spring/summer annual flowers and vegetable seeds indoors. The first warm days of March often tease us into thinking it is time to plant our tomatoes and basil.
Back in the mid 1970’s, in my teens, I got caught up the houseplant craze, and that is where my love of horticulture began. Actually, it became an obsession, as at one point I had collected anywhere from 100 to 150 houseplants and starts—crowding every space possible in my small bedroom. I was not the only one, as the novelty of new and exciting tropicals was embraced in every home and garden magazine for decorative purposes.
The days are getting longer and warmer, signaling that spring will be here soon. This is when beneficial insects begin to emerge. Attracting predatory and parasitic beneficial insects to your garden helps reduce the population of pest insects by consuming them or using them to house and feed their offspring. Pollinators are also beneficial insects who spread pollen between flowers which is essential for fruit and seed production. We will discuss pollinators at length another time.