- 12 Top Composting FAQs: What to put in the heap (and not); what to enclose it all in (or do you even need a bin at all?); how to speed things up, when (and whether) to turn, and all the other key how-to’s of making black gold.
- Flower-Bulb FAQs: Why didn’t your daffodils bloom? How to grow dahlias? What bulbs will naturalize (and not); which ones are animal-proof? All this and more.
- Pruning FAQs: When to prune what, and how to make the basic cuts. Lilacs, fruit trees, hydrangeas and more.
- Mulch FAQs: What makes good mulch (and doesn’t)? When and how much to apply? Do you mulch pots, too? And more.
- Tomato-Growing FAQs: Heirlooms or hybrids? How deep and when to plant? From seed, step-by-step; staked vs. caged. And more.
- Tomato-Troubles FAQs: Worried about late blight? Have hornworms, or spots on leaves, no fruit set or fruit that’s disfigured? The lowdown.
- My 20 Top Seed and Seed-Starting FAQs: From tips and techniques to the ethics or organics and GMOs, the top answers about growing from seed.
- Cucumber-Growing FAQs: Flowers but no cucumbers? Misshapen or bitter cukes? Wilting vines? And what in the world is a gherkin, really?
FROM THE WEEKLY PODCAST
how conservation starts in your yard, with doug tallamy
‘NATURE’S BEST HOPE’ is the title of University of Delaware professor Doug Tallamy’s new book, and the subtitle reads like this: “A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard.” In other words, you and I are nature’s best hope. Our actions count, and they add up to counteract a fragmented landscape and other challenges to the survival of so many critically important native creatures and the greater environment we all share.
Doug Tallamy’s 2007 book, “Bringing Nature Home,” has been for many of us a wake-up call into the entire subject of the unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife, and now with more than a decade of additional research insights, he goes further.