When There's Just Too Much Water...
September 27, 2019: Hurricanes, flooding, rain for days, tornadoes, high tides, early snow, late snow, snowmelt - whatever is causing it, it seems that people everywhere are dealing with more water than anyone wants. Even here in Southern Arizona; this week we've been hit with days of heavy rain courtesy of Hurricane Lorena. For anyone who has cultivated property, enjoys their yard or lovingly tends a garden, bringing it back after it's been underwater is not an easy process. What type of damage a flood causes and how to recover (if you can recover) can depend on many factors.
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Earth's Hidden World Is Not For The Squeamish
September 13, 2019: As helpful as the nematodes we carry are, they are by no means the only kind of nematode (aka roundworm) out there and "beneficial" is not a term one would use to describe many of them. Although they are not often seen, nematodes are found literally everywhere on our planet, including intensely inhospitable places like the deepest ocean trenches (they make up 90% of the sea life on the ocean floor) and miles below the Earth's surface. In fact, the only place they don't seem to be is flying solo through the air, as they have no wings. Of all the animals on the globe, four out of five are nematodes. They survive and flourish spectacularly and (for the parasitic varieties) have developed fascinating ways to prey on and reproduce within their chosen hosts. While their sheer numbers are staggering, their seemingly endless variations and specializations are downright amazing. Read More >>
Planting Trees For Life
August 16, 2019: "A Society Grows Great When Old Men Plant Trees in Whose Shade They Know They Will Never Sit."
Planting trees combines both art and science. Current research has made planting trees a lot less labor intensive than in the past. When I first started gardening we were instructed to dig holes that were 4 times the width of the container and two times the depth. If the tree was fairly mature, this could mean digging several feet deep.
Universities across the country have adopted the simpler guidelines listed below: Read More >>