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

Category Archives: Gardening

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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Sharing a passion for citrus

Today I gave a talk to the Diablo Women’s Garden Club about growing Citrus trees in California.  The slideshow covered a broad sweep of the topic; everything from propagation to pest control. Thanks, ladies for your gracious welcome and attentive interest! What could be more fun than a day spent chatting about gardening?  

Landscape Ideas for a Blossoming Harvest

Everyone knows that everything I do in the garden is seriously slanted toward food production, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want it to be pretty. When it comes to landscape ideas, the great thing about edible landscaping is that there are many options for achieving all your goals, ornamental and edible. One of theContinue Reading

Invasive Plants

What are Invasive Plants I had never thought of the magnificent Casuarinas that loom over the southern exposure of my house as invasive.  Massive, yes.  Incredibly hard wood, yes that’s why it’s called ironwood. And bright red roots aggressively seek moisture and nutrients.  When I was first getting the hang of worm composting a few yearsContinue Reading