Most gardening books focus primarily (sometimes exclusively) on hot composting methods. They describe elaborate procedures for turning out the perfect batch of compost, including balancing nitrogen content and monitoring temperatures. There is another way to compost—cold composting. The most obvious difference between the two methods is the temperature of the pile. Each method has itsContinue reading “Pros and Cons of Hot Composting”
Many gardeners know that cool, dry, dark places are ideal for long-term seed storage. Many gardeners cite the seeds found in ancient Egyptian pyramids as evidence. According to the popular story, these seeds, after lying dormant for thousands of years, sprouted when planted. Most scientists would agree on the perfect conditions for storing seeds. However,Continue reading “Seeds From the Tombs”
While gardening comes down to experience and diligence, having the right tools makes a difference. One handy tool is the garden journal.
This pH and NPK test kit is simple and inexpensive—perfect for the budget-conscious gardener.
To protect themselves from competition, black walnut trees exude a toxin called juglone. Gardens planted near black walnuts frequently fail to thrive due to this toxin.
Verticillium wilt is caused by six different species of fungus, all of the genus Verticillium. These six fungi can attack most of the plants and trees that gardeners like to grow.
Although its most common victims are from the nightshade family, tobacco mosaic virus can infect a surprising array of garden plants.
Powdery mildew is caused by one of the most common fungi that plague gardens. The disease can attack a wide range of plants.
Pierce’s disease (PD) is a bacterial disease of grapes named for Newton Pierce, who described the disease in 1892. The bacterium species is Xylella fastidiosa.
Phytophthora blight, also known as late blight, is a fungal disease caused by several species of the genus Phytophthora.