Tag: plants

The Botany of Desire Michael Pollan explains how four plants, the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato, have all managed to further their existence by controlling us, the human beings. The apple seduces us with sweetness, the tulip with beauty, marijuana (cannabis) with intoxication, and the potato, in its productivity, gives us greater control over our […]

10 photos of what happens to plants exposed to radiation, compliments of the Fukushima disaster. Scary stuff. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

For a couple of years now I’ve fooled around with adding heat to cold frames to extend the growing season in both spring and fall. In a recent DIY project I made a low-wattage electrical heater that heats the soil rather than the air above the soil. In the spring, I might use this unit […]

Two-bit Guru | How to Root Geraniums

When my landscaping neighbor offered a hefty pile of geraniums for worm food I took him up on it, not for worm food, but for dry-rooting over winter. Hefty pile, did I say? There were about a hundred, maybe two hundred, plants delivered to my garage door in three big barrels. They were a sorry […]

Two-bit Guru | Speaking to Plants | Photo of pak choy gone to seed

When I wrote about picking raspberries I realized that when I’m in the garden, or encouraging seedlings in the house in the spring for that matter, I spend much time speaking to the plants. I compliment the tomatoes on their abundance, and the pole beans on their lovely appearance. The raspberries themselves get a lot […]

Two-bit Guru | New Site Layout | Screenshot capture on the new homepage for twobitguru.com

Welcome to the new layout for Two-bit Guru! I do hope you like it. Everything that was on the site before is here now, but in a more easily accessible form. I’ve made one small change in the short comments next to my picture: I removed the word “success” and replaced it with “satisfaction.” I […]

0152 Squash and Gourds FI

Last gardening season I planted Butternut squash and Hubbard squash. This season, several volunteer squash plants came up in the same area. If I don’t need the space for other plantings, I usually let volunteers grow, just to see what will happen. Since the squash from last season were heirlooms, I figured that I would […]

Two-bit Guru - Growing Ground Cherries - Photo of ground cherry in husk and an open husk showing the fruit.

The ground cherries are coming. Ground cherries actually aren’t cherries at all but rather members of the Solanaceae family, also known as Nightshade. The family includes bell peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, tobacco, potatoes, petunia, and more. With such a wide-spread group you’d think the whole family was adopted but not so. Richard picked a half-gallon or […]

0142 Subtle energies - beans

When, decades ago, I first heard about the Devas, I thought the people who dreamed them up must have been crazy, stupid, drugged, impractical, or all four. It wasn’t only the Devas. It was the nature deities and the elementals as well, gnomes, undines, sylphs, and salamanders (apparently not the salamanders from biology class but […]

0136 Worm Tea FI

Worm tea may have had its origin in a series of eight agricultural lectures given in 1924 by the spiritual scientist, Rudolf Steiner. These teachings are available in his book “Agricultural Course: The Birth of the Biodynamic Method.” To my way of thinking, Steiner thoroughly understood the link between the spiritual and physical realms. He […]