So proud of our Brooklyn College student team for participating in 2019 NE Regional Soil Judging Contest in Maryland trained by NRCS scientists Dr. Rich Shaw and Olga Vargas. One of my very own students took a part in the competition demonstrating high performance. Go #brooklyncollege!
Thanksgiving is upon us and many of you will be grocery shopping this weekend to prep. Please consider shopping local at your Farmers Market so you can REDUCE your impact plus get more flavorful produce as it is freshly picked just hours before you purchase it. PRO TIP **Many times farmers markets are less $$$ especially if you go toward the final hours of the day! 🥕🥕🥕🥕
Look at this little foxglove lurking in the corner of my herb garden 🥰🌸Non edible plants never really interested me until this year...and foxgloves are not edible (at all!). But they are allowed on my plot...for one simple reason...the bees! 🐝✨They are fantastic at attracting wildlife (especially bees) and are becoming quite a favourite of mine at the moment for some reason... #gardening
What attributes do you look for in a plant? Color, shape, size, smell of a flower? Blooming season? Height, width, shape? Color, texture and size of leaves? Or do you see a pretty plant in a greenhouse and think, 'that is going in my yard'? (Guilty)
There are many attributes found on the back of most plant tags that you should also consider.
Soil conditions: Is your soil sandy, loamy, thick with clay? Is it acidic or alkaline? What is the drainage like?
Sun conditions: What direction of exposure? North, south, east, west? Are there other plants that will block the sun? Do they like full sun on the leaves but shade on the roots?
Plant companions: Do you want them to flower together? What are the colors and textures of surrounding plants? What are the sizes of the surrounding plants? Will a neighbouring plant cause strengths or weaknesses?
Zone: If you live around here (zone3) will the plant survive the winter?
Can the plant become invasive?
What are the maintenance requirements?
Will the roots interfere with underground structures? (pipes etc)
Yes, there may be a lot to consider for each plant, but ask your local greenhouse or landscape designer for help. Not only do I want to help you make your yard athletically pleasing to look at, but I want it to last through the years. I want it to match your maintenance desires. I want you to enjoy it.
What's the most difficult/confusing part of gardening for you?