By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
Gardeners can learn a lot from the gardeners who have passed.
For me I learned a lot from my Great-Grandmother, who was what I like to call a Plant Whisper.
She could take a simple twig and grow a tree or save seeds and grow enough food to feed her family, neighbors and to can.
All of this was created in an urban space full of shrubs, flowers, fruits and vegetables.
But through her skill she did have a few tricks up her sleeve that allowed her to be a very successful gardener.
My favorite trick can be described with one word and that is marigold. While this word can be used, in some situations, to describe a color, the term marigold in this situation is one that means “a nematode preventer.”
This Old World technology can be found on Amish farms. The bright colored flowers can be Read the rest of this entry »