My first vegetable garden in South Florida was a crop failure. I thought I had a green thumb […]
“Here. It’s a rock.” My wife held out her hands with hesitation. “Um…thanks?” She wondered what was the […]
What is it that draws us outdoors? What is it that stirs us deeply when we breathe in […]
A gardener’s life is an action-packed, fun-filled adventure. Our heart skips a beat when the new, colorful seed […]
Afternoon light penetrated these nasturtium leaves, revealing shadows of the petiole (leaf stem) and tight flower buds behind.
I gave a talk at Riverland Nursery in Ft. Myers this morning about vegetable gardening. My favorite part […]
I enjoyed speaking to the James Hendry chapter of the local Hibiscus Society. These people are passionate about […]
In October there is a flurry of intense activity in the garden. Making your bed takes more time, money and perspiration than the easier step of planting.
“Plan in September, plant in October”. So before tearing open the seed packet there is soil preparation.
Over the years I have various organic fertilizers in the garden. I used to buy separate bags of bone meal. greensand, and dehydrated manures. Espoma makes a ready to use blend with those elements and more.
This year I am using Verdanta, a blended, organic granular that is homogenous and complete.
I have handled pesticides all my adult life and wondered if this affects my health and that of genuine handlers like pest control operators. This link answers that question.
“The pesticide applicators were consistently and significantly healthier than the general population of Florida.” That makes sense. These men work hard out in the fresh air and sunshine. The surprise is that this is a U.S. Library of Medicine report!
They studied over 33,000 pesticide applicators in Florida over an 18 year period (1975-1993). This was when we could use some hairy-scary toxins. That might explain why there was an increase in prostate cancer in this study. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10341741
Besides, the average nozzle-jockey gets safety training, wears protective gear, and reduces his exposure in every way possible. Guaranteed, none of us has worms.