There’s a problem with legal marijuana: pesticides. Cannabis samples from shops and dispensaries in various states that have legalized the sale of recreational marijuana invariably reveal products contaminated with insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides and other compounds used to eliminate or prevent infestations. Pesticides have also been found in medical marijuana. It’s popularly believed that legal cannabis
“Winter’s herbs are summer’s herbs, too, but they seem to matter more in winter,” writes Joe Eck and the late Wayne Winterrowd in their warm and wise book To Eat: A Country Life. The book, out earlier this year, is a celebration of gardening and cooking with the harvest, a wonderful poem, in prose, to the
There’s a lot of discussion going on over which soil conditioner is best for your garden: sphagnum peat moss or coconut coir? Sustainability is part of the discussion. Effectiveness is another. Truth is both are great additions to garden soil. Both are natural and plant based. Both help break up heavy, clay soils and improve
The recent announcement that astronauts aboard the International Space Station have grown their first zinnias has focused attention on just how you grow plants and vegetables in space. The answer? Grow bags. Turns out that a high-tech variation on one of the simplest forms of soil-less, hydroponic growing is the favored method of space travelers
Optimal pH levels are critical to healthy plants and high yields in both soil and hydroponics gardening. Maintaining those optimal levels, especially in soil-less growing systems, calls for frequent, accurate pH testing. Ideal pH levels maximize a plant’s nutrient uptake. Those nutrients, in turn, increase a plant’s vigor and productivity. When pH levels are out of a plant’s comfort
Not a year goes by, not a holiday season approaches, that we wish that we had started some flower bulbs in containers for indoor growing so that we might give the gift of color to our nearby friends and relatives. And not a year goes by that we realize we didn’t plan far enough ahead.
Your friendly, gourmet-minded Planet Natural blogger likes to keep up on cooking and restaurant trends when planning next year’s garden. Why else would we have tried growing radicchio not so many years ago? (Since then, it’s become a favorite, though it needs a little growing attention.) This year, we’ve taken note of how many restaurant