Wood ashes for the garden

If you enjoy regularly using your fireplace or wood stove, you know that a fair amount of wood ashes can be accumulated over a heating season. Under the right circumstances, those ashes can be an excellent fertilizer for your garden. Wood ashes contain about 10 percent potassium, one of the three major elements needed by plants … Continue Reading →

Taking inventory of seeds

Seed catalogs have been showing up in our mailbox since before the beginning of the new year. Most of the catalogs that we regularly order from have arrived. We’re still getting a few duplicates and reminders from impatient seed sellers and some catalogs from new outfits. I’d rather go to mailbox and see what catalog … Continue Reading →

A chemical in spices and food additives may be an effective organic insecticide

It’s popular to bash seemingly frivolous tax payer funded scientific research but I think most people would agree that a vast majority of research is worthwhile. There is some really interesting research happening over at the US Department of Agriculture that may have the potential to spill over into the organic gardening area. A naturally … Continue Reading →