Archive for March, 2012

Spring for Metaphors

Metaphors bloom all around us as Spring approaches. It occurs to me how frequently gardening and agricultural images spring up in the language of business. Just the other day I read a headline on the Wall Street Journal site that Berkshire Hathaway and partners will “Plow $4 Billion into Copper Mines.” Keep your hand on [...]

“Blugs”: Guest Blog by Nick Rhodehamel

Most of the country has had a mild winter this year. This often means more insects and pests during the growing season. Maybe as a harbinger, a brown marmorated stink bug has been seen already at Fordhook Farm, home of W. Atlee Burpee. I think that we in temperate climates (most of North America) are [...]

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map: The Update – Guest Blog by Nick Rhodehamel

If you’re like most people, you missed the release in late January of the USDA’s new plant hardiness zone map. You probably didn’t even know an update was in the works. This new version replaces the 1990 release, and that one replaced the 1965 and 1960 releases. The plant hardiness zone map is probably most [...]