Gardening http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/feed/features/gardening en Feed Shade Trees for Long Life http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/feed-shade-trees-long-life <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Vertical mulch with Bloom</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>A mature tree not only increases the value of your home but also offers shade during these hot days of summer, thus reducing the cost of air-conditioning. Trees also provide branches for hanging swings and places for birds to nest and perch.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;However, your surrounding lawn does not provide the best conditions for keeping mature shade trees healthy. Soil compaction is often a problem, as foot traffic, riding mowers and often other vehicles compact the soil surrounding the roots.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/feed-shade-trees-long-life" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/vertical%20mulching-062217.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/feed-shade-trees-long-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/feed-shade-trees-long-life#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:14:47 +0000 bayweekly_master 38730 at http://www.bayweekly.com Easy Does It http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/easy-does-it <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Don&rsquo;t over-handle your onions</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Onions are bulbing. Disturbing the plants now will reduce the storage life of the bulbs. Keeping your onion patch free of weeds is important, but from now until harvest you&rsquo;ll want to weed by hand. An onion hoe may damage bulbs.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/easy-does-it" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/braiding-onions-061517.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/easy-does-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/easy-does-it#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:13:32 +0000 bayweekly_master 38629 at http://www.bayweekly.com Too Much of a Good Thing http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/too-much-good-thing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Even with compost you can overdo it</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Recently a Bay Weekly reader complained she could not grow cauliflower or broccoli. The plants grew big and lush but never produced edible heads &mdash; all this despite the large amount of compost she added to her garden soil each year.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/too-much-good-thing" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/compost-hand-060817.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/too-much-good-thing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/too-much-good-thing#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Green Living Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:13:26 +0000 bayweekly_master 38495 at http://www.bayweekly.com Making Your Garden ‘Bloom’ http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/making-your-garden-%E2%80%98bloom%E2%80%99 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Biosolids are safe for food &shy;production; here&rsquo;s why</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Since I became involved in composting biosolids in the early 1970s, technology for processing wastewater has undergone major changes. Back then, most wastewater treatment facilities had only primary or secondary treatment technology. At the same time, industries were dumping all kinds of waste into sewer systems.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/making-your-garden-%E2%80%98bloom%E2%80%99" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Blue%20Plains-AWTF-060117.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="65" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility transforms the ­District’s waste into Bloom, a soil conditioner for gardening and landscaping. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/making-your-garden-%E2%80%98bloom%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/making-your-garden-%E2%80%98bloom%E2%80%99#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Green Living Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:33:13 +0000 bayweekly_master 38374 at http://www.bayweekly.com The Right and the Wrong of It http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/right-and-wrong-it <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Break the rules and root vegetables won&rsquo;t grow</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>A Bay Weekly reader complained that most of the carrots, radishes, turnips and salsify he harvested from last year&rsquo;s garden had branched roots. My immediate diagnosis was that he must have added a lot of compost to the soil before planting. When root crops are planted in soil rich in freshly applied compost, they tend to produce branched and fibrous roots.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/right-and-wrong-it" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/forked-carrots-052517.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/right-and-wrong-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/right-and-wrong-it#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Fri, 26 May 2017 16:00:35 +0000 bayweekly_master 38249 at http://www.bayweekly.com Spring’s New Golden Fields Spring http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/spring%E2%80%99s-new-golden-fields-spring <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Death by herbicide is the first step toward no-till farming</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>This spring, Chesapeake Country meadows turned from green to the color of straw. It&rsquo;s been a strange sight and one you&rsquo;ll see more of in coming years. No, it&rsquo;s not a symptom of climate change. It&rsquo;s a step in no-till farming.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;No-till farming offers many advantages over conventional farming.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/spring%E2%80%99s-new-golden-fields-spring" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/no-till-farming-051817.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="66" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/spring%E2%80%99s-new-golden-fields-spring" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/spring%E2%80%99s-new-golden-fields-spring#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Green Living Mon, 22 May 2017 17:24:35 +0000 bayweekly_master 38156 at http://www.bayweekly.com Cool Soil Makes for Hungry Plants http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/cool-soil-makes-hungry-plants <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Feed new plants or warm the soil</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Like air, soil is slowly warming. When soil temperatures are below 60 degrees, soil microorganisms are rather inactive and plants have fewer nutrients to absorb. As the soils warm, the microorganisms become active and more nutrients become available.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/cool-soil-makes-hungry-plants" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/transplanting-garden-seedling-051117.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="80" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/cool-soil-makes-hungry-plants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/cool-soil-makes-hungry-plants#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Wed, 17 May 2017 14:01:35 +0000 bayweekly_master 38036 at http://www.bayweekly.com Keep Your Soil Where it Belongs http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/gardening/article/keep-your-soil-where-it-belongs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Silt does not happen by itself</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Farmers, homeowners and contractors are all responsible for making silt that clogs our streams, rivers and lakes and pollutes the Bay. Farmers who after harvesting their crops allow the soils to be fully exposed to the weather all fall, winter and spring are guilty. Homeowners who wash down their driveways and sidewalks in place of sweeping them are guilty. Contractors who bulldoze the earth to clear land for roads, homes, shopping centers and more are also guilty.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/gardening/article/keep-your-soil-where-it-belongs" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/siltfence_construction-050417.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/gardening/article/keep-your-soil-where-it-belongs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/gardening/article/keep-your-soil-where-it-belongs#comments Gardening Green Living Wed, 10 May 2017 12:20:11 +0000 bayweekly_master 37932 at http://www.bayweekly.com Some Seeds Like It Cool http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/some-seeds-it-cool <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Others need warm soil to germinate</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>It just takes a few warm days for some gardeners to decide it&rsquo;s time to plant the garden. Depending on what you plant, you may suffer for your haste.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Some seeds will germinate in cool soils, but others will only germinate after the soil warms to 70 degrees. When those seeds are planted in cool soils, the seeds will often rot before they get the warmth they crave. Read seed packets for suggested germinating temperatures.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/some-seeds-it-cool" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/underwater-seed-gremination-042717.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="56" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/some-seeds-it-cool" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/some-seeds-it-cool#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:44:15 +0000 bayweekly_master 37825 at http://www.bayweekly.com From Waste to Garden Riches http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/waste-garden-riches <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Bloom is the best thing to come out of D.C in a long time</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>The demand for organically grown food continues to increase. Because chemical fertilizers cannot be used in its production, growers must depend on natural sources for nutrients, such as animal manures, compost and green manure crops. The demand for compost is so great that it exceeds the supply.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The problem may soon be solved by recent developments in processing biosolids.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/waste-garden-riches" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Blue_Plains-thermal_hydrolysis_plant_2013.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="66" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Biosolids from D.C.’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant go through a two-stage thermal hydrolysis process of high-pressure boiling followed by rapid decompression, creating a sterile, organic soil amendment ­marketed as Bloom. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/waste-garden-riches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/waste-garden-riches#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Green Living News Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:08:46 +0000 bayweekly_master 37726 at http://www.bayweekly.com