It's mid-summer. Should we declare a National Be Nice to Soil Microbes Week? Several soil health experts would probably encourage it.
Microbes, after all, form a complex underground community and offer plants much of the sustenance they need.
And if that surprises you, how about this?
Maybe the lawn is so full of weeds you can't stand to look at it anymore. Maybe you're dreaming of a colorful garden bed along the stone wall you can see from the kitchen window.
Starting over may seem daunting. But sometimes it's the only way to go.
March 2015: What happens when a couple of new college grads get some goldfish and an aquarium? Maybe not what you think. I had the good fortune to visit Fresh Farm Aquaponics recently at a Glastonbury greenhouse.
Meadows, lawns ... How are they different? Where are meadows appropriate?
Recently I wrote about ice melt products and what they can do to lawns and gardens.
Simplicity is a beautiful thing, but you won't find it among ice- and snow-removal products. A bewildering array of ingredients pop out of these bags when we're on that mad dash down the driveway.
Unfortunately, products that increase sidewalk safety for people may not be safe for the lawn or garden you lovingly tended last summer.
Can we lose the insects and still keep the flowers? According to greenhouse grower Nancy Ballek Mackinnon of Ballek's Garden Center in East Haddam, CT, we can. She and her team grow several thousand indoor species at their retail greenhouse where, on a recent visit, I found myself in a riot of flowering houseplants.
Garden books and magazines have been some of my best friends over the course of my career in the outdoors. Here are some suggestions from 2014 that may please the gardeners on your holiday list and you, too. These four were featured in my recent column in The Day community papers.
My quest for interesting gifts from regional suppliers netted eight ideas this year. Categories include planting pots from Connecticut River mud, amaryllis bulk purchases, rain barrels, local seeds, high quality tools and composting systems.
Most home gardeners surrender to the calendar this time of year. Fresh greens and tomatoes are not on the menu, unless you are lucky enough to find a winter grower. But it doesn't necessarily have to be that way. The possibilities range from easy-to-grow microgreens to difficult, but not impossible tomatoes.