Touch lamps touchy about new bulbs
McGowan said you can tell what kind of switch the lamp has by putting a standard incandescent bulb of 40 to 60 watts in the socket and then trying the switch while listening carefully. If you hear a click when the lamp is turned on and off, then the switch is mechanical. If you don’t hear a click, it’s electronic.
From blender to garden
Here is a simple way to provide organic matter to your soil. Gather your kitchen vegetable and fruit waste for a week in a large bowl in the refrigerator.
Every Saturday, say, pop it into the blender with a bit of water. Puree. Dig a hole in the backyard; pour your kitchen waste into the hole. Cover the hole with soil. Move on to another spot next week.
In a few months you will notice a few things happening there. Earthworms will be everywhere. Bacteria will be turning your kitchen scraps into brown gold. Eventually, after weeks of this practice, parts of your garden will be very easy to dig. Plant will send their roots over to these nutrient-rich and easy-to-tunnel areas. Your dirt will start to turn into soil and the plants you purchase will actually want to live there.
In bloom at Botanica
Lots of spring-flowering bulbs, including this anemone de Caen, in the Downing Children’s Garden.