What's in a soil test readout

You’ve read it here in this blog, you’ve heard it from your neighbor, even your Aunt Bootsie told you to get a soil test for your garden.  I’ve always recommended using the soil testing lab at Michigan State University, it’s the “gold standard” of soil labs in Michigan. For most gardens a basic test will provide you … Continue Reading →

Gardening after the Apocalypse

“Because survival is insufficient” Last week I had the pleasure to participate in a panel discussion sponsored by the Agora, the student newspaper at Monroe County Community College. It was part of their “One Book One Community” series in which a book is chosen and as many people as possible read the book, then events such … Continue Reading →

Chasing chickens on Fat Tuesday is a Mardi Gras tradition in Louisiana Cajun country

While Metro Detroiters spend Fat Tuesday stuffing themselves with paczki — fat Polish donuts stuffed with jelly, creme or custard and calories — residents of Lake Charles, Louisiana, practice some interesting Mardi Gras customs of their own. Unlike the often bawdy revelers in better-known New Orleans on the other side of the state, Lake Charles … Continue Reading →

Greenery is in for 2017

The folks who help drive popular culture have finally acknowledged what gardeners have known all along, green is the color of the year for 2017. Actually green has been the color of the year every year for gardeners. More specifically, for non-gardeners, this year the color is Pantone “Greenery 15-0343”, a very specific shade of … Continue Reading →