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Noted: The Starbucks coffee compost test Via Sunset Magazine

I have added Starbucks grounds (and pounds and pounds of my own coffee grounds) to the garden and compost bins over the last several years, so this is good to know. — Douglas   Read The Starbucks coffee compost test via Sunset: Garden An interesting link found among my daily reading Read more on this […]

Bees Covering Locust Tree in the Garden Today [Video] (1:52)

It was possible to hear the low level hum and buzz of the thousands of bees swarming over my locust tree this morning. They were feeding on the clusters of tiny flowers covering every branch.I have never seen this many bees on the tree in the past. Perhaps there is some combination of large bloom, […]

Interesting Project: TreeMapLA

I came across this interesting project via a neigh or’s post on NextDoor.com and wanted to share it here. I have signed up and already marked a few trees in my own garden to test it out. What is TreeMapLA? TreeMapLA is an ambitious collaboration of nonprofits, local governments, businesses—and you—to map every tree in […]

Video: Liquidambar styraciflua seed pods open over course of 4 days – Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 – 24/30

Part of the Dog Days of Podcasting… A quick view of liquidambar styraciflua seed pods opening and releasing their seeds over the course of 4 days. I plan on doing an actual timelpase of this process in the near future, too. Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s Notebook” now available as a Kindle […]

Noted: Electronic microscope photo of mint via Emma the Gardener

Electronic microscope photo of mint via Emma the Gardener This isn’t a fantasy alien landscape, its an image of a mint leaf, taken with a scanning electron microscope by Annie Cavanagh. This low-res version is available from Wellcome Images with a Creative Commons license, which allows me to show you how awesome plants are. The […]

What I’m Reading…: What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses by Daniel Chamovitz

  What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses Daniel Chamovitz  This is certainly on the geekier side of my reading list, but when I am came across this book it intrigued me immediately. The combination of plants, science and, by extension, gardening seemed like an interesting combination. I have not been disappointed […]

Garden Vocabulary: Nitrogen Fixation

Nitrogen Fixaton “Nitrogen fixation is a process by which nitrogen (N2) in the atmosphere is converted into ammonia (NH3).[1] Atmospheric nitrogen or molecular nitrogen (N2) is relatively inert: it does not easily react with other chemicals to form new compounds. Fixation processes free up the nitrogen atoms from their diatomic form (N2) to be used in […]

Garden Vocabulary: Stoma

This Garden Vocabulary series seeks to introduce and explain to you — and in many cases, myself — words and terms associated with gardening. Please let me know if  there are any terms you would like me to explore. You can leave your ideas in the comments section and we can learn together! Stoma “In botany, a […]