Green Social ~ Cultivating the Digital Media Arts

Many Green Sector Nursery and Landscape Business owners now reluctantly find themselves wearing yet another ‘hat’ ~ that of Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). I understand from experience: Professionals in the green industries are already overworked, and now faced with the seemingly gargantuan responsibility of developing strategy and management tools to nurture markets and stay relevant.Continue Reading

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Joracomposter: Durable and Stylish Tumbling Composter

Composting can be done in many ways, and I tend to have several different kinds of composting systems running simultaneously. Several designs of compost tumblers are out there and they can be pricey.  But I always wanted to try this method, so finally spontaneously bought th two compartment tumbling Joracomposter at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show in spring.  It’s a sleek Swedish design with foam insulation.  Now I’m about to get the first compost ‘harvest’ –

I started out filling the left side only with kitchen scraps 2-3 times per week until it was quite full ~ 3-4 months time. At that point you start filling the right side.  After adding material always give it a few spins (which after all is the fun part.) The manufacturer claims you can put meat scraps in there.  It’s important for the aeration to be often and the moisture to be correct. I do put crushed egg shells and occasional dog or cat food remnants.  The right side is almost filled and still finishing up. The left side is now ready to dump out and use in the garden.

Here’s the unit, just after assembly.  Pretty solid; placed near the kitchen, it’s in a semi shady well-aerated spot.

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Soil Health is Key to a Sustainable Future

Soil is a living media which supports plant life best when it contains biological diversity, good fertility and good drainage properties. Soil is a complex of living and non living components, forming communities of diverse organisms that are interdependent and generally supportive of plant life.  Our folly is expecting to have healthy soils through abusiveContinue Reading

Organic Orange TKO (OMRI-approved d-limonene formulation) is Effective Citrus Plant Wash

Once in a while you run into a natural product, in this case d-limonene that is amazingly useful.   I use it as part of an IPM program as a ‘plant wash’ to deter pests in Organic Citrus nursery production.  Since using it this way, I’ve discovered its more traditional uses around the homestead as aContinue Reading

Edible Landscaping’s Hidden Inspiration

We’ve been talking about Edible Landscaping and Ornamental Edibles (OE) for at least a decade now, and many nurseries have hopped on the bandwagon to grow and sell them to searching customers who want in-ground plantings or miniature potted forests they can cart to the next rental home. OE owes a debt to the QueenContinue Reading