Observations Of A Roving Gardener – Migration, Soil, Water, Air and Sun

It is fashionable to think of November as a dark and unpleasant month, somber, sad and gloomy. Personally, I like the month very much. Its short days, rains and low skies, that sometimes need the taller trees to prop them up like poles do the canvas... Read More...

Indoor Aquatic Gardening – You Can Grow Plants in Water

Last Winter while visiting a school, I was much interested in several kinds of plants that were growing in water. Most of them were common, but the method of growing was the outstanding feature. Indoor gardeners grow their plants in certain soil... Read More...

You Can Be A Plant Breeder

The plant breeder is truly a creator, for he works, not with such dead chemicals as pigments, but with those infinitesimally small, yet living chemicals galled “genes.” Genes are the bearers of heredity in all life, from mankind to the... Read More...

Visit To Grasse – Perfume Capital

Does cultivating flowers for fragrance, not for beauty, sound strange to you? Undoubtedly it does. Yet that is precisely what folks in southern France have been doing for centuries. No one there is at all concerned with capturing prizes at flower... Read More...

Plants and Climate

When winter comes, we who live in the temperate zone button up our overcoats, don stadium boots and perhaps even wear earmuffs to keep out the cold. That’s our way of coping with the climate in which we live. But how do plants living in the... Read More...

Taming the Landscape With Herbicides

Close to the southern border of Massachusetts, in the foothills of the Berkshires, there is a house whose dining-room window overlooks a broad field which ends in an irregular palisade of white birch trunks against the darkness of a pine forest.... Read More...

Are They Weeds or Wild Flowers?

When we first attempt to create a wild garden how impatient we are with the weeds, only to realize later that many of them have their place. In fact it is not always easy to decide what is a, weed and what is a wild flower. I remember how the jewel-weed... Read More...

Fruit Feud – Neighbors Go To Court.

It is regrettable that the pleasure of avocational gardening should ever be marred by altercations among neighbors over property lines, invading tree roots, wayward vines and overhanging fruits. Yet we must admit that the history of the goddess... Read More...

Tips On Curing And Preserving Gourds

Both the curing and the preserving of gourds are dependent upon the quality of the fruits and their maturity. If they are damaged by skin bruises, there is no method by which they can be preserved. Skin bruises form an excellent point for the inroad... Read More...

Goldenrod – The Plain Weed

All over America the goldenrod is in bloom. Sneeze-weed you may call it, if you blame it for hayfever; pestilent weed, if it invades your pasture-land; or just plain weed, if it is too common to have any significance for you. But the children of... Read More...

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