from the soil with sollecito

In this episode, Jim talks about the plants best to plant just before winter.

Get a Whiff of This!

Sep 20, 2017

In this episode, Jim talks about a new method in keeping deer off of trees during the autumn and winter months.

How Can I Help My Existing Landscape Organically?

Mar 31, 2017

This is one in a series of three podcasts in which Jim talks about his recent winter trips to Cuba, where he shared ideas and techniques with organic farmers. In this episode, Jim talks about organic ways to treat your lawn and surrounding landscape.

This is one in a series of three podcasts in which Jim talks about his recent winter trips to Cuba, where he shared ideas and techniques with organic farmers. In this episode, Jim talks about the pros and cons of using organic products vs. easy-to-use chemicals.

Lessons Learned from Organic Farming in Cuba

Mar 31, 2017

This is one in a series of three podcasts in which Jim talks about his recent winter trips to Cuba, where he shared ideas and techniques with organic farmers. In this episode, he talks about specific organic practices we can incorporate into our own gardening activities here in the U.S.

How Plants Heal

Aug 17, 2016

In this episode, Jim talks about how plants heal and repair among the stresses of their environment, and shares what you can do to assist.

Why Didn't My Landscape Plants Flower?

Aug 17, 2016

Despite our best efforts, sometimes trees and shrubs fail to flower. In this episode, Jim talks about some of the possibilities as to why, and what you can do (and plant) to make the most of your landscape.

    

What To Plant For Tough Sites I Don't Have To Mow

Aug 17, 2016

Turf is the cheapest thing to install, and the most expensive to maintain. Jim talks about how he tries to minimize this element in his landscape designs, and what you can do to improve tough areas in your landscape.  

What Can I Do If My Burning Bushes Flame Out?

Aug 17, 2016

In this episode, Jim talks about one of the most overused and over-rated plants: the Compact Burning Bush and some reasons why many are not "burning" as hot as some may like.   

Invasion - Landscapes in Crisis

Apr 12, 2013

Invasion: Landscapes in Crisis describes the effects of deer-browsing, buck rubbing and other environmental threats to plants and trees in and around Cornell Plantations Botanical Gardens and Arboretum at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

Get the PHD

Oct 17, 2012

And you thought getting a PHD would take years of hanging around the library when all you needed to do was go outside to dig a hole.  For that you DO need a PHD - a Post Hole Digger.  Making that hole productive for a new planting does require a bit of art and a science, but there are no early morning classes or exams to sleep through. So get your PHD and start planting!  Your landscape will be ready to enjoy by spring break.