Understanding Nitrogen

Understanding Nitrogen

When garden crops aren’t thriving because of a nutrient, the nutrient is most likely nitrogen. Plants need nitrogen to produce many of their complex molecules, such as amino acids and protein, hormones, pigments, and complex phytochemicals. Nitrogen is also an...
The Beauty of Cold-Weather Crops

The Beauty of Cold-Weather Crops

Kathy Huber, who writes the gardening column for the Houston Chronicle, was kind enough to interview me for her article on raising cool-season vegetables for the table. The article is now available to the public, and I hope you’ll find some useful advice on...
Growing Lettuce in a Home Garden

Growing Lettuce in a Home Garden

  In among my posts on sociohorticulture, or how people and communities relate to gardens, I’d like to share some of my tips for how to raise a home garden. This week, I’ll talk about one of my favorite cold-weather crops, lettuce. Lettuce is a staple in the home...
Welcome to Sociohorticulture

Welcome to Sociohorticulture

Welcome to the first post of Sociohorticulture.com, a blog devoted to the ways that gardening and nature can help improve anyone’s quality of life. I’m Joe Novak, a semi-retired professor of horticulture, and I’ll be using this blog to share the power of...