Is your organic mulch sprouting oddball-looking mushrooms or developing oozing patches of yellow gunk? The recent rains have been a boon to the fungi that live in mulch. You can tell who's who (and learn what to do) from Penn State's online publication
What is Growing in My Landscape Mulch?.
Favorite or New Plant
Indigo Rose Tomato
There's a new tomato in town and it's causing quite a stir. This purple tomato, developed by Dr. Jim Myers of Oregon State University, is not just a pretty face -- it's also packed full of healthy antioxidants and carotenoids. Indigo Rose is not genetically engineered, but is an open-pollinated variety, the result of traditional breeding and selection over a decade of trials at OSU. Indigo Rose is full-season tomato, ripening in 91 days (about a week later than Early Girl and two weeks later than Siletz). Seeds and transplants are available from Nichols Nursery, Johnny's Selected Seeds, and Territorial Seeds, and some local nurseries. I'm going to give it a try this season.