Otter Point Woods: Invasive Plants

This post is part of a series that highlights sections of our forest management plan for Otter Point Woods. Invasive plants are bad plants. Okay, that definition is overly simplistic, but it does capture the general idea. Invasive plants are generally non-native or alien to a particular ecosystem and, most importantly, cause harm to the … Continue reading Otter Point Woods: Invasive Plants

How cold is your climate? (Part 2): Microclimate

The previous post looked at two different pieces of information that can greatly benefit you in your plant selection: plant hardiness zone and your growing season. This is important information for gardening, but it's not everything you need to know. These tools are limited because they use data from a network of climate stations across … Continue reading How cold is your climate? (Part 2): Microclimate

How cold is your climate? (Part 1) How to Find Your Hardiness Zone and Growing Season

Pop quiz: What makes Earth different from all the other planets that have been discovered so far? Location. Location. Location. We happen to be in this magical Goldilocks-zone of being close enough to the sun to have warm(-ish) temperatures and liquid water—at least at some times of the year across most of the globe. And … Continue reading How cold is your climate? (Part 1) How to Find Your Hardiness Zone and Growing Season

My Gardening Goals for 2018: Fall Edition

It's fall, and it's really starting to feel like it. The first signal was when the days became noticeably shorter. Now, temperatures are dropping, and leaves are changing color. Geese are flying high in long Vs, heading south. After a hectic and scattered summer that kept me away from gardening more than I wanted or … Continue reading My Gardening Goals for 2018: Fall Edition