It’s Thanksgiving weekend and you may be busy stuffing a turkey, but if you do find time to enjoy your garden (and the weather cooperates), here are a few tasks Judith Adam would like you to consider. It’s always satisfying to get a head start on next year’s garden.
The great tomato debate
Debates have certainly been in the news recently, but this debate in Modern Farmer about where the best tomatoes are grown is more to my liking. (There’s a Canadian angle here, too.) Of course, tomatoes aren’t without controversy — Hybrid or heritage? Pruned or not? — but I didn’t know country of origin was such a hot topic.
Personally, I think the best tomatoes are the ones we grow ourselves, but that’s just my opinion.
How about a hoya?
I know nothing about growing hoyas, a popular houseplant with twisted, trailing, rope-like stems. But if I wanted to grow one, I’d find this article helpful.
Quartz parasols for desert mosses
Oases in the desert aren’t always pools of water. A New York Times article describes how Kirsten Fisher, a California State biologist, discovered the role pebbles of milky quartz play in keeping mosses moist and alive in a dry desert environment. It was a chance discovery; she was there to study the sex life of the moss Syntrichia caninervis, but it was slow going.