Compost Candid

Flowers and foliage get plenty of glory. What about soil? Where’s the spotlight on the underground? It’s difficult to illuminate what’s out of sight. Sometimes a heavy price gets paid for inattention — today and yesterday. In Larding the Lean Earth: Soil and Society in Nineteenth-Century America, Yale University history professor Steven Stoll highlights the…

Some Fig: Cutting Bears Golden Surprise

It’s mid-October and the nearly 15-foot tree, neatly draped in black netting, is laden. Vanessa Colbert pulls open a section of the bird screening to offer a clearer view of the ripening figs, squat globes set in a deep maze of dark green, lobed leaves. The tree has come a long way since Colbert planted…