A sustainability tour of West Virginia farms

First, when someone hears the term sustainable agriculture, they automatically assume that it means organic or environmentally focused. While environmental stewardship is a part of sustainable agriculture, it is only one area of focus for those who try to educate about the practice. Environmental stewardship is held in balance with economic viability and quality of life. Continue reading A sustainability tour of West Virginia farms

Fall tasks are at hand

As we progress further into the cool, crisp days of autumn, it is time to turn our attention to preparing the garden for the winter to come and even look forward to next year’s garden. By preparing, you can conserve resources and energy for next year’s gardening season. This week, I’ll talk about a few things you can do to enjoy the garden in the … Continue reading Fall tasks are at hand

Give thanks for trees, and plant a new one

This week we celebrate two days that help us turn our attention toward making our planet a better place. On Tuesday, we celebrate Earth Day, which turns our consciousness to the Earth, and more specifically, to our place in it. Then on Friday, we celebrate National Arbor Day (for some reason, West Virginia Arbor Day was April 11), when we celebrate the role of trees on the … Continue reading Give thanks for trees, and plant a new one

Composting turns trash into garden treasure

You’ve heard me extoll the virtues of composting before. It is, afterall, a win-win situation; you reduce the amount of waste going from your kitchen and garden into the landfill and you get a wonderful soil amendment in the process. It is the gardener’s equivalent of Jed Clampett’s black gold – but while it is valuable in the garden, it won’t get you a Beverly … Continue reading Composting turns trash into garden treasure

Start seeds for variety and savings

Despite the unscientific opinion of certain ground-dwelling large rodents, gardeners are definitely itching for spring. When dreamily gazing at garden catalogs just doesn’t do it, when you need to get your hands dirty, and when you need to be assured that spring will arrive once more, then it is perhaps time to think about starting some seeds indoors. It is a popular topic, especially since … Continue reading Start seeds for variety and savings

Sustainable Gardening Practices Enhance Environment

One of the best recent trends in the gardening world is the increased interest and inclusion of sustainable gardening practices. For those who don’t know what “sustainability” is, it’s a balance among enhancing the environment, economic viability and improved quality of life. In short, sustainable practices should make efficient use of natural resources in a way that is cost effective and does not cause the … Continue reading Sustainable Gardening Practices Enhance Environment

A look at garden trends for 2014

It’s this time of year that you see everybody make review lists of the year we just finished, whether they are the best or worst moments of the year, best pictures, movies, music, and so on. I thought that it might be more helpful if we take a moment and look ahead at a list of things that are poised to make a splash in … Continue reading A look at garden trends for 2014