Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Plant Pro: Back Yard Scientists

Plant Pro: Back Yard Scientists: "NBC 10 Plant Pro Sejal Lanterman shows you ways to make your kids back yard scientists."


  1. Greetings garden folks!!!

    Last week I held a Veggie Tips and Tricks Workshop in the community garden. That place blew me away!! So many great techniques being used. The 23 people I had were fascinated by the inverted soda bottle watering gizmo. Does anyone have a source for the tube that attaches to the top?

  2. Hi Rosanne,

    I'm one of the people with the watering spikes - simple yet effective, and helps me to avoid wasting water. I ordered mine from:


    They are also available from Amazon:


    and other online retailers. I have yet to find them in any store that I've checked. Having said that, however, I'm sure to see them at the Job Lot the next time I'm there - for a third of the price!

    It's such a simple design, I'm sure someone cleverer than I could rig up something similar using free, re-purposed household materials - it's just a cone that fits snugly over a 2-liter bottle spout and has four small holes down near the point so the water can seep out.

    Hope this helps!

  3. I have used a gallon jug or a 5 gallon pail with a small hole pierced in the bottom as a similar tool. works great for watering new trees and shrubs.
    fill it & leave it.

  4. Hi all,

    I visited the garden yesterday, July 26, to check out problems with the tomatoes. I did not notice any terminal disease like late blight. However, nearly every tomato in the gardens had early blight, some anthracnose and and some powdery mildew. all these are common with this weather!! Hot and Humid!!! because most folks in the garden are organic, i suggest a thorough cleanup!! It's also too late to start a spray program anyway, now that the planst are affected. many of you have heirloom types and they are generally more susceptible to disease than hybrids. simply clip away all the affected leaves. I did notice many weeds and prunings left in the walkways. this can help to reinfect the gardens this year and even next year!! so please be sure to put clean pickings in the compost bins and diseased material in the trash.

    be sure to join me in the garden on saturday Aug 6 from 10-11:30am and wednesday evening from 6:30-7:30 pm. I'll be happy to answer your questions and help try to solve any problems in the garden!!! Pass the word along to the other gardeners!!