Sometimes, my “to read” list gets a bit out of control and I find myself juggling books by day to get one (or more) back to the library on time. Recently, I had to pause Finding the Mother Tree (Suzanne Simard) as The Heat Will Kill You First (Jeff Goodell) as available at the library. Continue reading “Recent reads”
Japanese beetles have wreaked havoc on some gardens this year. Is proper soil biology the solution?
Fall is here! Every season comes with its own list of outdoor chores and fall is no exception. But it’s not just harvesting and eating or preserving what’s left in the garden, there’s much more than that. Here are a few things I’m doing this fall to get ready for next spring: I’ve already seededContinue reading “Fall To Do for Improving Soil Health”
Japanese Beetles may have taken over your garden this year, fortunately, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be done. As my 3 year old would say “what the heck?” She’s right – what the heck are they doing all over all the raspberries? Not to mention roses, asters, and other native flowersContinue reading “Japanese Beetle soil study”
And how to have the best lawn on the block without them Spring is here, the snow has long melted, lawns are looking greener and people are thinking of how to achieve the perfect lawn. You, or someone you know, may be aerating, or dethatching a lawn to improve its look. I had one friendContinue reading “Aerating and dethatching a lawn”
There are so many things I’m excited to grow this year it’s hard to pick only a few favourites! Broccoli Broccoli is a new one for me. But since it’s my kids’ favourite vegetable, I think I should figure out how to get high yields sooner rather than later. We typically enjoy steamed or roastedContinue reading “A few things I’m excited to grow this year”
Let’s talk about year-round composting. In Ottawa. We are a family of 5 and have put our green bin at the curb about 5 times since early November when it got too dark and cold for me to take compost to the outdoor bin in the evenings. That’s not because we don’t generate green waste.Continue reading “Indoor composting”
Bare soil is probably one of the most harmful things to soil, leading to degradation above and below ground.
Making thermophilic compost might sound easy, but there are a number of key steps to be mindful of.
There is good reason to “bother” with grass seed on a common footpath, provided the whole system is addressed and not just throwing grass seed down.