The Clay Pot
It's my most favorite container to grow in and over the years I've learned that terra cotta isn't always terra cotta.
Look for pots that are smooth, hard, strong, and pure in color.
Like thunking a watermelon, pots should have a ring. A sour note will indicate a hairline crack. (more)
Colocasia esculenta (Elephant Ear)
Colocasia as well as its close relative, Alocacia, is a tuberous bulb plant growing from 3 - 5 feet. Generally they are grown outside in semi-tropical and tropical areas. They can be grown in northern areas but must be dug up for the winter months. This is a very showy, back border plant. They perform best in shade and must have good drainage. (more)
So what is composting?
Mother nature has been composting since the beginning of time. But man has not been able to wait on her time schedule. It takes her 100 - 150 years for a single inch of topsoil to be created. Worms can decrease that to one inch a year, but sometimes we are anxious and need to take matters into our own hands. (more)
Homemade Insecticidal Soap
To eliminate the cost and more importantly the use of chemicals in your garden, why not make a great homemade insecticidal soap.
This is a very lazy recipe. Two tablespoons of your favorite dishwashing detergent to one gallon of water. Pour in a spray bottle and you are good to go.
A drop or two of cooking oil can be used to make the soap stick if you'd like. Not entirely necessary. (more)
Emily: Have you ever seen a tomato worm at work? It's scary!
Dear Emily: Have you ever seen a tomato worm at work? It's scary! (A north Florida gardener)
A: Rodale's Garden Problem Solver says that the best control strategy is to hand pick them early. They say you can also us Bacillus thuringiensis (BT) spray, or if the infestation gets out of hand, a pyrethrum spray.
Hand pick is best. Then eat them with a little olive oil.