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A Field Trip to Hawaii?

Shrubby Bonsai

On a recent trip to Hawaii I discovered a bonsai nursery that was off- the- beaten path, not a tourist destination, and free. The Fuku-Bonsai cultural center and Hawaii state repository has been in business since 1962 but unfortunately lost $30 million...

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 9:25 AM

An Experiment with Brazilian and Okinawa Spinach

Brazilian Spinach (front), Okinawa Spinach (behind)

  In the constant search for green leafy vegetables that will do well in a hot climate I stumbled upon Brazilian Spinach (Alternanthera sissoo) and Okinawa Spinach (Gynura crepioides), and although a tropical plants I decided to give them a try in...

Posted on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 11:01 AM

Some Common Questions Answered.

What do the numbers on fertilizer sacks indicate? The “big three” nutrients show on bags are nitrogen, phosphate, and potash which provide N, P, and K elements. They are the ones declared on a bag of fertilizer. If you see the combination of...

Posted on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 11:24 AM

Check Your Sprinklers

I could be working better!

As I was driving my kids to school recently, I noticed that a landscape on the way was irrigating its dormant turf. It had rained the night before. That seemed really unnecessary. Later that day I saw another landscape (with green grass) had a...

Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 11:41 AM

Baptisia, A Historically Valuable Plant.

Baptisia australis, False Indigo

A question from a Horticulture Quiz 101 might be, “What was the first subsidized agricultural crop in the United States?” Possible answers of corn, tobacco, cotton and hemp might be given, none of which is correct. In the 1700s the British...

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 3:11 PM

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