Food Preserving Hacks

Food Preserving Hacks

Ah, harvest time. The gentle bubbling of the hot water bath, the hiss of the pressure canner and the low buzz of the FoodSaver are the music of August. That special time of year when hubby and I look deep into each other’s eyes and say, “Why the *%^#$* did we plant...
Examine the (Almost) Essentials: Silicon

Examine the (Almost) Essentials: Silicon

Silicon is not considered an essential element for plants because not every plant needs silicon to live or thrive. But for some plants, silicon is a life or death matter. Plants like horsetail in the Equisetaceae family require silicon to live. In other plant...
Soil Science: Too Much of a Good Nutrient Can Be Bad

Soil Science: Too Much of a Good Nutrient Can Be Bad

If essential nutrients are really essential for healthy plant growth and development, more is better, right? Not so fast. We’ve all heard warnings about high-nutrient fertilizers having the potential to “burn” young plants. This is particularly true for chemical...