Costa Farms

Costa Farms Garden Clippings for February 3, 2018 The surge in popularity of tropical plants is suiting the Florida growers just fine, thank you very much.  So strong is the surge that growers are increasingly unable to fill orders, prices are edging upwards and growers are scrambling to increase production. A decade ago, when the…

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Talk to Plants

Talk to Plants Garden Clippings for Jan 27, 2018 Does it really help to talk to your plants? Grandmothers are always right, but on the theory of plants growing better because they are being talked to, she might be wrong.  It’s an age old theory, but so far there is no solid conclusive evidence that…

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Scotts

Scotts Garden Clippings for January 20, 2018 In the last 5 or 6 years, I’ve had many meetings in Grand Rapids, Michigan, giving me lots of opportunity to drive down I-69 and notice the skids of product stored on a parking lot just west of Imlay City.  One day this past September curiosity got the…

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Snow

Snow Garden Clippings for Jan 13, 2018 It was the perfect place for the used Christmas tree.  On Boxing Day it was my job to drag the tree out of the family room.  I promptly stuck it at the edge of the cedar deck, on the snowbank that I created after my shovelling workout. I…

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What is a Sport?

What is a Sport? Garden Clippings for January 6, 2018 For a botanist, the word “sport” has little to do with physical activity.  Rather, a sport is an anomaly or mutation found growing on a plant that differs from the rest of the plant. Sports in plants are not unusual.  I have seen a mass…

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Telfer Diversion

Telfer Diversion December 30, 2017 In last week’s Garden Clippings, I pled ignorance and admitted that I did not know the name of the creek that runs just west of DeGroot’s.  After reading the article, a fellow about a decade older than me told me it was called the Telfer diversion channel.  And it was…

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Mind Your Own Business

Mind Your Own Business Garden Clippings for December 23, 2017 A few days ago I was chatting it up with a young couple on the parking lot at DeGroot’s and one of them glanced over the creek next door and asked “Hey, what’s the name of that river?  I’ve never seen it before.” “Oh, that…

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Christmas Gifts for Gardeners

Christmas Gifts for Gardeners Garden Clippings for December 16, 2017 If there is an avid gardener on your list, Christmas shopping is a cinch.  And you won’t need to break the budget to gift wrap a cool gardening gadget under the tree. In past Decembers my garden gift ideas have included the tried and true. …

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Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree Garden Clippings for December 9, 2017 Long ago, probably before the birth of Christ, people hung evergreen stems and boughs in their homes in winter as a symbol of longevity in the expectation that spring growth would soon follow. The idea of an actual Christmas tree stems back to the 16th century…

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Pistachios

Pistachios My favourite grocery store has moved its big display of fresh peppers and shoved them over to a less prominent aisle.  A few months ago the space allocated to fresh peppers was about equal to the space for bananas.  Now their peppers take up as much space as celery. Stranger yet, is the fact…

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