Plants: Living breathing reproducing growing forming relationships

Alive because they have requirements of water, energy from sunlight, nutrients from the earth.

Transpiration is designed to move water through the plant to maintain temperature.

They grow from cell elongation and cell division.

They reproduce themselves by different means, some of the plants increase in size by setting reproductions of themselves, all set seeds, and some by both increasing and by seed distribution.

Plants form symbiotic relationships with other organisms.  Such as the bees that pollinate them.  Some plants can’t utilize bees, so they have formed relationships with other organisms.  Bats and the saguaro cactus is one example.  Some hire armies of ants to protect themselves from other organisms that will eat them.  Some have produced toxins to prevent being eaten.

I am convinced that all plants are amazing, incredible and I am in awe when I am in their presence.  While traveling to different regions of the country, I look at and ask about different flora, typically I am in awe at how they grow, and behave, their features are amazing to me.  While traveling, I often consider taking plants back with me to my gardens. (There are many reasons this is NOT good to do)  So I leave them and don’t import them back here.  But when returning back to the Mid-Atlantic, I am once again in awe and appreciation of our wondrous plants that live here.

Love your gardens




Leaves: Renewable Plant Food

I wanted to blog about what to do with your leaves in the fall and even spring cleanups.  Large shade trees with deep root systems bring up minerals and nutrients from deep below the surface.  Fall time, spent leaves deposits these nutrients and minerals back down to the surface. Decomposition  releases these nutrients and minerals back to the plants. These leaves also add organic materials to the soil thus adding humus to the soil, which feed the micro-organizms, earthworms etc, thereby adding more to the soil structure, by building it up.  Composted cow manure, blood meal and similar products will ad additional nitrogen to the mix for plants that require higher amounts of N.

The moral of the story is to shred those leaves, don’t bag them up. Compost them down and feed your gardens.