Diligent Weed Patrol for Organic Weed Control

springblogWith summer nearly gone, it’s easy to lose control of your garden. Before you know it, you’ve got tall grass sneaking in where the nicotiana was, or an army of pigweed marching in place under the sunflowers, or even those ever-so-quick morning glory volunteers strangling out your calendula.
This is no time to rest; a weed left to flower now will certainly lead to a very weedy spring garden. Take the time now to redouble your weeding efforts with these smart strategies. Continue reading

The Trees Survived!

springblog At times I am surprised to see those first leaf or flower buds beginning to bulge and reveal that these trees and shrubs survived winter. How did these magnificent creatures survive this cold winter with so much of their body waving in the freezing air? Whether you interpret it from the perspective of Darwin, an artist, a chemist, a botanist or a christian, the basic truth prevails. Something in this tree behaved differently as a means to survive through the winter. Continue reading

Suffering from the Winter Drab

springblogSometimes I think it’s not even worth going outside until Spring. Especially cloudy days like today, I look out my window at the bare brown canopy branches with off white-grey sky that looks just as dreary as the dirty snow left in giant mounds in the street. Then I go outside…. Continue reading

Winter Drought?

springblog So the ground may be soaked or even still have snow, but the air in here is drying me out! Dormant Shmormant my body is active! If you find yourself, like me, with splitting chapped lips and creaky dry skin dont just sit back and wait for the heat to get turned off. Drinking 64 ounces of water per day wont solve this problem alone, try as it might. Here is the catch, can we re-hydrate while avoiding petroleum and chemicals? Continue reading

Do I Really Need A Lawn?

springblog The lawn, carrying the English connotations of nature with it, became a symbol of prestige in nineteenth-century suburbs. Similarly, centers of towns in New England, the old “commons,” which had been the setting for such useful activities as rope-making, hay-growing, military drills, and town fairs of the eighteenth century, were transformed from bare stamped earth, cultivated fields, or cemetery grounds into lawned and treed parks, now called “greens.” Continue reading

The Top 10 Gardening Mistakes

springblog Ten common mistakes home gardeners make and how to ensure your garden grows to its potential. From the amount of watering to picking the best suited plants for your region and soil type. Adapted with gratitude from the knowledgable folks at Nursery Services, Inc. Continue reading

Why Farms Want Cold Winters

springblog There’s an old Bob Dylan line: “He not busy being born is busy dying.” It’s one to keep in mind when looking at farms in winter, at the brown fields, skeletal orchards, and vineyards waiting for a shot of green. Despite appearances, winter is a surprisingly important time on a farm. There’s a lot going on, biologically, below the surface, much that can influence what we see on market tables for the rest of the year. And much that can go wrong if the winter is warm, as this one has been in the Northeast. Continue reading

Winter Garden Care

springblogMany people see the fall and winter as a time to close down the garden and wait until the spring to start up gardening activities again. However, there are plenty of things you can do throughout the winter months to preserve the health of your garden… Continue reading

Asian Longhorned Beetles

springblog Be on the lookout for signs of damage to your trees caused by Asian Longhorned Beetles (ALB). These insects are shiny black in color with white spots and long antennae (longer than their bodies). They have already infested trees throughout the Brookline and Jamaica Plain area and may be spreading throughout the Greater Boston area. Continue reading

How do I know how healthy a yard is?

springblog By walking around and observing what is growing for “weeds”and how hard the soil is, is a way that I can tell how healthy a yard is. Typically, I want to sample the soil and have it analyzed at a soil testing facility like UMass Amherst, so a baseline of what exists (ie. pH, fertility, organic matter, heavy metal contaminants) is established. Continue reading