I had never researched Biodynamic gardening/farming very much but I did know about the magic produced by aging manure in cow horns. I was introduced to “peppering” in a recent post in our Facebook Group, Garden Fundamentals, and had to have a closer look. If this thing works, it would be a cure for just about every pest problem in the garden.
Homeowners and DIYers call them clay pot heaters while commercial outlets make them sound fancy using terms like Tea Light Oven, Ceramic Radiators or Terracotta Candle Heaters. Fancy ones on Etsy will run you $300 US? DIY options can be made for $15.
This idea may have started on TickToc a number of years ago and it is still being promoted to heat rooms, trailer homes and greenhouses. If you need to heat a space at a low cost, clay pot heaters might fit the bill – but do they work?
Last week we reached the 15 million visitor mark on this blog and I want to thank all of you for supporting this site.
The very first post was called, What Does Organic Mean, and it was posted on September 6, 2012. I was getting fed up with all the myths I was seeing in gardening literature and online and thought that I might be able to change a few minds. At the time, I figured I had enough material for about 100 myths. I have now posted 382 articles (not including the Garden Fundamentals blog) and have another 157 drafts started. I won’t run out of material any time soon!
I’d like to thank you for reading my posts and I want to ask for your help. Go to your favorite social media outlet and post a link to this post. Let others know how much you like this site. Let’s get to 20 million soon.
To celebrate I thought I would go back in time and review some of the most important articles.
Knowledge of plant names is the foundation of gardening and they help gardeners select plants and determine how to grow them. Many gardeners obtain or share knowledge by communicating with other plant enthusiasts from around the world. A good grasp of plant names and how to use them, will save you significant time, effort, and money.
The proper use of plant names becomes more complicated when we consider varieties, cultivars, hybrids, and regional differences between common names.
A rose by any other name might not smell as sweet…because it’s an entirely different plant!
In this post I’ll look at some specific plants and discuss ways to overwinter them. Some plants can be brought indoors and grown in a green state just like your other house plants. Others can be easily stored in a semi-dry dormant state.
My publisher, New Society Publishers, is having an Earth Day Special on ALL gardening eBooks, including my two books. Sale is on until May 21. eBooks are available in both pdf and epub versions. Use one of these two links to qualify for the special. Once at the site, you can select any of their … Read More
Hoe, hoe, hoe ….. its Christmas time and a good time to expose myths about Christmas trees. How do you keep Christmas trees hydrated? Should you add diapers to the tree stand? Are artificial trees more eco-friendly? Do they still contain lead? Can you reuse trees grown in pots? How do you cut the bottom of the tree? These and many more questions will be answered in this holiday gift to you.
The Guelph Organic Conference is an annual event that attracts organic minded people from across Canada and northern parts of the US. Much of the focus is on farming, producing organic food and smaller backyard operations. This year, I was an invited speaker and talked about Growing Food in Ponds. The publisher of my book, Building Natural Ponds, New Society Publishing, is a sponsor of the event and we wanted to find a topic that would interest organic gardeners and help promote my book. It was an extremely popular topic.
The conference also holds a large Trade Show which gave me the opportunity to speak to a number of vendors. I thought it would be fun and educational to review some of my discussions and observations.
If you are one of my regular readers you will know that I am organically minded, believe in the basic organic philosophies, but I don’t blindly follow all of the dogma that is preached. Unfortunately there are many snake-oil salespeople in the organic movement.
What happens when science says one thing and you believe something different? Our brains are designed to fight such situations and we try to apply logic to justify our beliefs – we basically make stuff up so that we can continue to accept our beliefs.
One of the most common reasons to dismiss science, is to point out the fact that “science does not know everything”. If it does not know everything, then it might be wrong in all cases.