Don’t Kill Your Plants With Kindness

Posted on Oct 13, 2016
Don’t Kill Your Plants With Kindness

We love our endless summer in San Diego, but it’s a nice change to finally feel the first hints of fall’s cooler temperatures. The time change back to standard time isn’t too far off either. Even San Diegans start spending a lot more time indoors at this time of year. It motivates me to communicate […]

Get Down On The Farm: San Diego Farm Tour Day is September 17

Posted on Sep 8, 2016
Get Down On The Farm: San Diego Farm Tour Day is September 17

 If I asked you to name San Diego’s major industries, you would probably come up with tourism, the military, maybe biotech or craft beer. The one I bet you’d miss is agriculture and farming. Agriculture is the fourth largest industry in San Diego County. It’s a two billion dollar industry. San Diego County has more […]

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 […]

I’m Jim Mumford and I Approved This Green Message

Posted on Aug 18, 2016
I’m Jim Mumford and I Approved This Green Message

The November election is barely 10 weeks away and San Diego County residents will have a LOT of decisions to make. Not just the big one about who will be our next American President, but about legalizing marijuana, changing the way local elections work, and whether we want to help build a new stadium/convention center […]

What’s Good For Nature Is Good for the Bottom Line at the San Diego Green Building Expo

Posted on Jul 28, 2016
What’s Good For Nature Is Good for the Bottom Line at the San Diego Green Building Expo

San Diego is known for a lot of things. Comic-Con. Craft beer. Green building. Yes, the City of San Diego and the state of California as a whole are policy leaders when it comes to setting goals for using water and energy wisely and in sustainable ways, which includes encouraging green building. We all know […]

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 […]

Good Earth Plants presents our new show: “Law & Order: SPU”

Posted on May 19, 2016
Good Earth Plants presents our new show: “Law & Order: SPU”

No, that’s not a typo in this week’s blog headline. In the Good Earth Plant Company version of the show, it’s “Law & Order: Special Plants Unit.” We noticed several stories about crime involving nature recently and decided it’s time for our own L&O episode. In L&O’s hometown of New York City, call it a […]

Honor Mom the Good Earth Plants Way on Mother’s Day

Posted on May 4, 2016
Honor Mom the Good Earth Plants Way on Mother’s Day

For those of you who aren’t aware, let me save you from being in the doghouse with Mom the rest of the year. Sunday, May 8 is Mother’s Day. You’re welcome. It’s really hard to miss it if you’re exposed to any kind of advertising. We have been bombarded for two months with advertising reminding […]

Help Good Earth Plants Save Our San Diego Watershed

Posted on Apr 27, 2016

One of the reasons I’ve always been so enthusiastic about green roofs is their contribution to stormwater management. Green roofs can capture 60-80% of rooftop rainwater runoff so less water is directed into storm drains and ultimately the ocean. A green roof becomes a strainer for whatever water does end up flowing to the storm […]