Fresh Dirt

Spooky Plants

Skip the fake cobwebs this year and add some haunt to your house with these spooky specimens. Pictured above (left to right): Japanese blood grass and black mondo grass; carnivorous plants including Cobra plants, Venus flytraps, and pitcher plants; ‘Sticks on Fire’ Euphorbia; Swiss cheese vine (Monsteraobliqua).

Drought-Stressed Crops May Be Better For You

Another day, another angle on our drought. Today’s thought-provoker comes from KQED’s coverage of experiments in California’s dry Central Valley to farm crops with far less water. Among the findings? Stressed pomegranates grow smaller, but with more antioxidants than those grown with ample irrigation.

Halloween: Not Just for Pumpkins

In my home, Halloween is our royal holiday. We compete with our neighbors to be the scariest house, and we’ve even gone so far as having a fake, giant spider we affectionately dub ‘Fluffy’ swoop down on teenagers. Yes, it’s probably cruel to make 17-year-old boys scream like little girls, but what can I say… it’s a little bit fun too.

The Best Tomatoes from Sunset‘s Test Garden

Looking for the perfect tomato for a container?  For sauce?  For out-of-this-world flavor?  We’ve got you covered.