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

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

What happened on February 23rd in Studio City? Borgnine

Four Winds Growers presented a lovely display at a classy party to celebrate the life of Ernest Borgnine.  The first annual ‘Ernie Award’ was presented to Sean Penn who was unable to attend, as he was seeing to duties in Haiti.  The award, a lovely globe of blown glass, was received by actor Ken Howard,Continue Reading

Superstar plants for the Celebrity Set

Ernest Borgnine had a great Aloha shirt collection, it is said.  Here I am with Cristofer Borgnine, who’s wearing the shirt his dad wore in “From Here to Eternity”. Nancee and Cristofer Borgnine both exude a warmth and positivity that makes you wonder if there really is hereditary ‘star power’ in some families. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ernest-borgnine-estate-3-million-mulholland-374082 I’mContinue Reading