World Naked Gardening Day – Yes, There’s a Serious Point

Posted on May 3, 2017
World Naked Gardening Day – Yes, There’s a Serious Point

When I found out this Saturday, May 6 is officially the 13th annual “World Naked Gardening Day,” of course I laughed. Come on, who wouldn’t? Then I thought, ‘Boy, that’s going to take a LOT of sunscreen. More for some than others!’ World Naked Gardening Day is a real event, and while we all might […]

Six Common Mistakes You’re Making With Your Indoor Plants

Posted on Apr 13, 2017
Six Common Mistakes You’re Making With Your Indoor Plants

Mistakes, we’ve all made a few (with apologies to Frank Sinatra). If I was writing about my OWN mistakes, this blog post would be a novel. Some very big mistakes have made the news recently. I haven’t made any quite that big and I’m sure you haven’t either. But I bet you ARE making some […]

Shhh, Be Quiet – Your Houseplants are Sleeping

Posted on Feb 2, 2017

When the weather is sunny during the first few months of the year in San Diego, it’s hard to remember it’s winter time. Yes, even in Southern California. The days are getting longer again but we have several more weeks to go before we are getting a full, healthy dose of sunlight and the days […]

What Did You Want To Know from Good Earth Plants in 2016?

Posted on Jan 5, 2017
What Did You Want To Know from Good Earth Plants in 2016?

The confetti and streamers are finally cleaned up, the holiday decorations (mostly) put away for another year. It’s time to begin 2017 with a clean slate. Doesn’t that feel good? It’s also a good time to look back, take stock, make some observations and learn some lessons. Applied to this blog, we try to provide […]

Kermit The Frog Was Wrong: It IS Easy Being Green

Posted on Dec 15, 2016
Kermit The Frog Was Wrong: It IS Easy Being Green

I don’t remember exactly when the announcement of the Pantone Company’s “Color of the Year” became such a big deal. For the last few years at least, this American company best known for creating a universal color matching system called the “Pantone Matching System” names one color every December it thinks will be the hottest […]

Healing and Growing With Horticultural Therapy

Posted on Nov 16, 2016
Healing and Growing With Horticultural Therapy

Several years ago at a Water Conservation Garden event at Cuyamaca College, I met Laura Eubanks. I stopped at her booth to talk to her because she had some of the most beautiful succulent displays I’d seen in a long time. At the time, Laura was an aspiring landscape designer. She asked a lot of […]

Help Good Earth Plant Company Support “A Growing Passion”

Posted on Oct 6, 2016
Help Good Earth Plant Company Support “A Growing Passion”

One of my favorite ways to spend time is to pass along my love of plants and nature and educate people about their many benefits. But even though I try, I can’t do it all myself. I have a business to run after all! There are plenty of other people who feel the same way. […]

Helping homeless San Diegans one plant at a time

Posted on Sep 1, 2016
Helping homeless San Diegans one plant at a time

Several months ago at a Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 (C3) panel discussion on the homelessness problem in San Diego, one of the panel members really energized me. Her name is Amy Gonyeau, and she is Chief Operating Officer with the Alpha Project. For those who aren’t familiar with it (like me I’m embarrassed to […]

Making Noise About Plants: Can Plants Communicate With Us?

Posted on Jul 21, 2016
Making Noise About Plants: Can Plants Communicate With Us?

When I first got started working with plants professionally in the late 1970s, talking to your plants to make them grow better was a hot topic. Even Prince Charles said in a 1986 interview that he talked to his plants. “I just come and talk to the plants, really. Very important to talk to them; […]

Summer Gardening Projects Let Kids Get Dirty and Keep Parents Happy

Posted on Jun 9, 2016
Summer Gardening Projects Let Kids Get Dirty and Keep Parents Happy

Kids are counting down the days until school is out for the summer. Don’t we all remember that feeling? If you’re a parent, you have a different perspective. Something like, “oh no, how am I going to keep the kids busy and out of trouble all summer!” Why not encourage your kids to do something […]