buried treasure: some tips found in the heap
WHILE REBUILDING A WAY TO GARDEN for the new season, I kept digging up forgotten bits I’m glad to have resurfaced, the way your favorite lost trowel turns up in the compost heap. From a crash refresher course in botanical Latin to the do’s and don’ts of composting, and labels that really last, perhaps I exhumed some treasures you could use, too?
- No-nonsense composting: Don’t get hung up on the style of bin, the shape of the pile, or how often it must be turned: Just get composting. A comprehensive how-to, plus all the best links.
- Plant labels that last: Finding this old post reminded me I have more labeling to do. And not with the nasty plastic sticks that end up across the yard from the plant whose name’s on them.
- Habla botanical Latin, si’l vous plait: No matter how you pronounce it, it’s the only language that guarantees effective communication and insures that you get the plant you want. My primer on the most common words (and also a post I call taxonomy lite: about how the Latin words are arranged and why: genus, species and all that good stuff). No more Plantus unknowniensis, OK?