Pests, Plagues, and Varmints

Yellow Leaves: Why?

– Posted in: Pests, Plagues, and Varmints

A lot of my plants have yellow leaves that aren't supposed to. It's been raining frequently--often heavy downpours--and when it hasn't been raining it's been quite humid. So both the air and the soil are saturated--a recipe for plant disease if the plants aren't adapted to those conditions. Here's what I've been seeing: Why is [...]

Three gardening books for children

– Posted in: Book reviews, Fruit, Pests, Plagues, and Varmints, Seeds and Seed Starting, Vegetables

Many gardening books for children take what I think of as the art project approach: here's what you need, this is what you do, isn't that cute?, now show it to Grandma. Very few books out there take children--or a child's interest in gardening--seriously. I prefer to regard children as apprentice gardeners, gradually acquiring more [...]