A-maize-ing

Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn — HHMI BioInteractive Video I know, corny title. It’s the greatest transformation story of the vegetable world. About 9000 years ago farmers in southern Mexico started manipulating a grass called teosinthe. Today, the world runs on it. One of the leading food crops in the world, a source […]

Worm pee improves tomato seedling growth

Science proves what we have been using for years.  “Results showed that vermicompost-leachate can be a suitable soil amendment product to improve overall soil fertility and growth of tomato plants, even under temperature and water stress conditions.” That’s because it contains proteins, vitamins, and micro- and macro-elements such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. […]

Autumn excitations

I’ve been known to get a bit excited about things. Sometimes I even get a bit squeaky. And Friday morning I caught me a case of everything is awesomeness. Really, wonderfully, rapturously thrilled about stuff. Sometimes, stuff just rocks! So excuse me while I have an indulgently joyful little moment and recount to you some […]

Psyllids: The invasion of the tomato snatchers

Well, it’s official. Out of the mouth of Kapiti’s Green Gardener last week, “Well, if you don’t have psyllids, you are the only person in Kapiti that I’ve heard of.” And she’s right. I wasn’t looking close enough. Actually, because I was hoping it wasn’t true. But here they are SandRa over at Stoneyground Herbs […]