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 […]

Small-scale farmers: Saviours of world crop diversity

As much as 75 percent of global seed diversity in staple food crops is held and actively used by a wide range of small farmholders — workers of less than three to seven acres, who are predominantly women. These farmers, who often themselves live precariously, are a living seedbank keeping the genetic diversity of food plants flourishing. […]