Q I purchased a brand name potting soil, complete with nutrients, and transplanted my beloved Boston fern. When I watered it, the water floated on top of the soil and spilled over the edge of the pot. Next, I went to a hardware store and bought a cheap bag of dirt. Later I noticed flying insects in my house and in the open bag of soil. Meanwhile, my fern died. Why is finding qualify potting soil so difficult?
I can guarantee a Valentine’s Day gift that will be more unique than diamonds or chocolates. Preparing a meal for your sweetheart is high on the romance list, but a gentleman presenting his lady with a flower arrangement that he personally constructed will be a one-in-a-million expression.
Because I enjoy promoting all things horticultural, I was taken aback when a national news story claimed the walls are caving in on my life’s vocation. But I dispute the report that horticulture is on its deathbed, and I will use McDonald’s French fries to explain why.
I’ll tell you a little secret if you promise not to laugh. Before I studied horticulture I didn’t know the difference among evergreens, spruce, pines or conifers. Before you skip today’s column thinking it’s an academic dissertation on the intricacies of coniferous species, let me explain the importance.
Q: I have read and heard much about the plant called stevia, which is reportedly many times sweeter than sugar but has no calories. It is supposed to be a natural sugar substitute that is healthier than aspartame and chemical sweeteners. Can this plant be grown in our area?
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