Benefits of Raised Bed Gardening

My first exposure to vegetable gardening was by my parents. While living in the Delta region of Mississippi, in my early teens, my parents grew a rather large garden. As memory serves me the garden seemed to spontaneously produce vegetables without much effort. The...

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-03-14

Thinking of adding "The Timber Press Dictionary of Plant Names" to my library. @timberpress # Adding to my gotta read list: "Big Gardens in Small Spaces: Out-of-the-Box Advice for Boxed-in Gardeners"


pet·i·ole   [pet-ee-ohl] The stalk of a leaf, attaching the blade to the stem. Swiss Chard – Petiole source: eflon (Flickr)

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-02-28

Urban garden movement takes root: # Propagating Deciduous and Evergreen Shrubs, Trees and Vines with Stem Cuttings # The Myth of Self Reliance: Toby...

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-02-21

Pic of the Day: Christoph Niemann Plays With Leaves via @flavorpill # Check out "the toughest groundcovers i rely on" via @margaretroach here: # Check out – # RT @arborday :...

How to Grow Your Own Fresh Air

I saw this TED talk a while back and came across it again today. Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how a selection of three common houseplants can result in measurably cleaner indoor air quality. The three plants he references in the video are: Areca Palm...

Pistil (pis·til)

Female reproductive structure of a flower, composed of an ovule-containing ovary at the base, one or more pollen-receiving stigmas at the tip.

The Classic Felco Pruner – F2

I received my first pair of Felco F2’s as a gift while in college. While I have tried many makes and designs of hand pruners over the years, I always return to my trusty F2’s. Despite its higher cost over its cheaper counterparts, I believe the Felco...

Leaf Scar

The mark left on the twig at the point of attachment of a leaf petiole when the leaf falls. Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) – Leaf Scar