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Clay potsAh, The Clay Pot

Enjoy your pots for the classic containers they have become. Nothing is better than a clay pot and like I always say, one can not have enough clay pots. Use them until you can't stand it and then use them as crocking.


White Rocker with BegoniaContainer Planting

Container gardening is now at its most interesting best.

Planting in a chair is fun and no different from any other container.

Aside from general preparation of the chair: painting, sanding, staining, or waterproofing, there are two factors to consider: soil and drainage.


What's Growing On?

EmilyI'm afraid we have been negligent in updating our web site.

I've been trying to get some poems and articles published in other places as well as working on a book (fiction).

We'll try to do better in the future.

In the meantime check out my article about a cruise on the James River on Boomer Magazine.

Pumpkin Pie Recipe on Boomer CafePumpkin Pie Recipe Poem

Boomer Cafe has had the good taste to publish my Pumpkin Pie Recipe Poem on their site (here).

Also, The Society of Classical Poets has published two of my poems on their site (here). One of them is about Composting.


199 Poisonous Plants

ProFlowers has rounded up a list of almost 200 common poisonous plants so you can be sure you’re picking the safest options. Most of these plants are safe to grow and keep in your home, but should be avoided if you’re concerned of accidental ingestion from a hungry pet or curious child. Look through the list of plant names and make sure no one in your home is at risk.

And with apologies to Amy Stewart and her book "Wicked Plants," here is our list of Emily Compost's most favorite wicked plants.

The Bit in the MIddleThe Bit In The Middle

Patrick Vickery, our gardening friend from the Scottish Highlands has generously written for EmilyCompost since early in this century. He has a new book out, "The Bit in the Middle," available on Amazon. They describe the book as "...charting the chaotic, absurd and often extraordinary aspects of everyday life..."

(more on Patrick or visit his web site or his blog)

Emily: Is a Kalanchoe a houseplant?

Kalanchoe bloomsDear Emily: Is a Kalanchoe a houseplant or an outside plant?

A: That depends on where you live. There is no such thing as a 'real' houseplant. Every plant lives naturally and normally somewhere on this planet. A Kalanchoe is native to subtropical and tropical Africa and Madagascar, and scattering species in Asia. So in these parts of the world they do grow outdoors as a perennial succulent., climbers and sometimes shrubs. However, in cooler zones one can grow this plant as a houseplant and summer outside 'til just about frost.

Kalanchoes requires good bright light if not full sun and not the best of soil nor fertilizing.

Growing them in clay pots and simulating their native habitat makes for a nice 'houseplant'.