Nature-Friendly Gardening

The Most Important Garden Nutrient

The Most Important Garden Nutrient

What is the single most important nutrient for growing plants? There are two possible correct answers, water or carbon. Both of these run in global, sun-powered cycles and provide renewable energy....

Tree Fruits

Tree Fruits

Photo © Dreamstime.com. When are the two best times to plant a fruit tree? The best time was ten years ago! The second best time is this spring or fall, depending on your climate.If you want to...

Storing the Bounty

Storing the Bounty

Photo © Olga Volodina/Dreamstime.com I am a strong proponent of extending the growing season whenever possible, and utilizing row covers, tunnels, and greenhouses to keep up the flow of fresh foods...

Preparing Your Garden for Rest

Preparing Your Garden for Rest

One of the blessings most North American gardeners enjoy is the cyclical nature of the pastime. While I have written about the joy of season extension and greenhouse production, having a season of...

Nature-friendly Exterminating

Nature-friendly Exterminating

When big black ants began chewing the foam insulation that had been spray-applied to the ceiling of a storage barn, I was not pleased. I purchased a spray of some sort from a garden supply, pumped...

Learning About Plantain

Learning About Plantain

I love getting out the binoculars to watch birds at the feeder. I love seeing deer, porcupines, mice, and other animals. I love watching the moon and the stars in their phases and seasons, but of...