Sunday, February 7, 2010

Casaubon's plants to grow

25 Plants you should consider growing
I have not been over to Scienceblogs in a while, having grown tired of the Neo-atheist dogma. But you should really check out Casaubon's blog, especially if you are interested in environmental issues and trying to order adapt yourself to an earth-friendly lifestyle. Here's an example from her list of recommended plants for your edible garden:

...3. Blueberries. If there was ever an ornamental edible, this is it. A prettier shrub than privet or most common privacy hedge plants, it produces berries and turns as flaming red as any burning bush in the autumn. I have no idea why more people don't landscape with blueberries. Add to that the fact that blueberries have more antioxidants than most other foods and unlike other good for you crops, will be eaten by the bucketfull by kids. They do need acidic soil, but there are blueberries for all climates. Definitely worth replacing your shrubs with blueberries if you can...

How true. I have 3 plants of a dwarf variety growing in my front yard. But I'm thinking of getting some full-size plants. I agree with most items on her list, such as rhubarb and potatoes. But she does include some odd-balls, like rice. Rice! Seriously?

4 comments:

Riverwolf, said...

Sounds good, but I've had a helluva time trying to get my blueberries to grow much. I probably have some weirdo variety...

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genexs said...

River:

Are you sure you are growing a variety that does well in your growing zone? Also, they like acid soil and a bit of compost sprinkled on top.

Riverwolf, said...

Those blueberries probably do need more TLC, but I try not to get too bossy (who, me?) since the garden is my partner's domain. But it's all been a little more than he could handle lately.