| Jun 22, 2011
| 11:41 AM
Tom Mirenda, Smithsonian Institution orchid expert, speaks about hardy orchids to Peninsula Orchid Society meeting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Hampton Public Library, 4207 Victoria Blvd., Hampton. Free, open to public. Tropical orchid plant sale....
| Jul 1, 2011
| 7:31 PM
Organic or synthetic? Most of the confusion I see regarding organic fertilizer falls into two groups.
Most questions have to do with trying to understand what the differences are, usually with an underlying question, "Why should I use organic fertilizer?...
| Jul 4, 2011
| 6:17 PM
State officials looking to clean up the Chesapeake Bay are weighing a series of new restrictions on how and when farmers can fertilize their fields — and on when municipal sewage treatment plants can spread their sludge on farmland.
| Jul 17, 2011
• Scientific Name: Achimenes longiflora
• Growth habit: A sprawling deciduous perennial forming plants to 18 inches tall and twice as wide. The leaves are ovate in shape, medium to dark green with a toothed edge growing to 3 inches long and...
| Jul 15, 2011
| 8:36 PM
I live just outside a large Eucalyptus forest. Out the window, across my garden and over the fence I can see hundreds of old, 50- to 75-foot-tall Eucalyptus. The trees dominate the neighborhood. Underneath these trees the soil is often bare and the...
| Jul 24, 2011
•Scientific name: Caladium hortulaum
•Growth habit: An upright to rounded warm-season perennial arising from below-ground tubers to grow plants 18 inches tall and wide. The leaves are heart- to arrow-shaped, green to various colors, and...
| Aug 18, 2011
| 2:31 PM
As a scientist, it's the questions that keep me up at night.
When chemical nitrogen fertilizer is applied to crops, what happens to the nitrogen that isn't absorbed? When nitrogen is emitted to the atmosphere from fossil fuel combustion, where does it...
| Sep 20, 2011
| 5:32 PM
Plant of the week: Pink muhly grass
Don't plant pink muhly grass near the street unless you are willing to put up with traffic jams as people slow down to gawk, take photos or ring your doorbell demanding to know the name of that...
| Sep 13, 2011
| 11:39 AM
| Sep 16, 2011
| 11:00 PM
A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) soil scientist in Colorado is helping farmers grow crops with less nitrogen-based fertilizer.
The fertilizers are a major reason why agriculture is a significant source of both greenhouse gas emissions and...
| Mar 11, 2011
| 8:04 PM
What's wrong with me? I just dumped another horticultural ambition.
Four years of hard work gone in one afternoon.
Is there anyone else out there with a similar diagnosis? Four years ago I became fascinated by a rather small group of succulent plants,...