Picture worth a thousand words

By on Jun 1, 2012 in Summer |

Hi everyone. It’s June a busy busy gardening month. So much happens in the landscape in June……the good, the unexpected, and of course the bad and ugly. For today’s entry I thought I would share a few pictures from my yard with the understanding that sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

Free Fertilizer

By on Apr 3, 2012 in Spring |

You can’t beat saving some green while greening your plants. Free fertilizer while you sleep. I’m talking about those wonderful overnight April thunderstorms where the next day everything outside seems greener. It’s not a “fig-leaf” of your imagination. Lightning provides the kick in the “plants” to the spring landscape. Nitrogen plays a critical role in photosynthesis and plant growth. We are surrounded by nitrogen in our atmosphere, but plants must secure their nitrogen in a “fixed” form. This can be done synthetically by the homeowner  picking up a bag of fertilizer at the garden center. It can be done biologically through decay or micro-organisms and bacteria in the soil in association with nitrogen fixing plants or legumes like clover. It can also be done in an abiotic or atmospheric way via a good lightning storm. Air has...