The bees you see buzzing from phlox to phlox, the ladybugs you want feeding on aphids, and the praying mantis staring back at you in late summer all have more in common than just being bugs. They share something with toads stalking your garden's ground level insects, birds picking beetles from your beans, and fox keeping small rodents in check. All need wild spaces, open spaces, woods, meadows, wetlands … swaths of land and water left mostly unaltered by human development. Therefore, as a gardener you serve your plantings, and beyond these, your neighborhood, your town, your region, your state, your country, and your planet by seeking out and working with your local land trust or land conservation organization to preserve and develop an appreciation for natural landscapes.
Horseradish is an easy to grow perennial root crop in my zone 6 gardens of south-central Connecticut – a plant-it-and-forget-it crop until autumn, when horseradish harvest time rolls around. It's a You Can Grow That! plant … so easy to grow that I'm often surprized more gardeners don't dedicate a sunny bed to it.