Which is the best houseplant? Obviously, that is up to debate because most people have their favorites. There are people that love African violets, those that love cactus, and those that just love anything tropical looking, but I sat down one day to ponder just which is the one best houseplant. To decide, I had to take into consideration which has the most insect problems, which is picky, does it need special care, how much light does it need, is it forgiving (sometimes I forget to water houseplants), etc. So, after looking over my history with houseplants (of which I only have a few left) I have concluded that without a doubt the best houseplant is sansevieria.Continue reading
Monthly Archives: January 2022
Cover Your Soil!
Covered soil is happy soil and happy soil means happy plants! Keeping the soil covered over the winter is very important for maintaining and even improving soil health. Soil that is covered over the winter will be less compacted and maintain more nutrients as it is less prone to experiencing soil runoff or erosion.Continue reading
Many of us are looking for alternative low/no energy ways to accomplish things around the garden or farm. One thing every gardener or farmer needs is the ability to irrigate a crop. For some of us it’s as easy as using a garden hose, for others, we are looking at larger drip irrigation systems. The good news is, no matter if you are residential or commercial, you can use gravity-fed irrigation techniques.Continue reading
If your world of plants only consists of what you see for sale at a garden center or box store, then prepare yourself. Wharton and Barbour’s book Trees and Shrubs of Kentucky covers over 280 species of woody plants native to Kentucky. That being said, often only a small subset is actually offered for sale. And many of those are not native to the US, much less Kentucky.Continue reading
Taking Care of our Feathered Friends
Now is a great time to set-up bird feeders. Various natural foods (wild cherries, dogwood and holly berries) become increasingly hard for birds to find during winter. Supplementing their diet will provide them with enough food to keep warm during cold, winter nights.Continue reading