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Getting it Right on Digital Gardening

Below the fold here and just between us, I can’t resist poking Gardening How-To to do better in other parts of its gardening coverage, most especially in one of our favorite topic areas of late – lawn care.  Both the full feature article and the single page of member tips on lawn care are clueless about the environmental consequences of fertilizing and watering.  No mention is made of organic, slow-release fertilizers or the importance of not fertilizing in spring.  No suggestion that water be saved by letting the lawn just go dormant.  We’re even told: "To effectively rid your lawn of broadleaf menaces like dandelions and clover, you’ll need a post-emergence weed killer."  EXCUSE ME?  I blog my little heart out about the virtues of clover and that is what I get – seeing it called a menace?

All of which raises the question of how much environmental awareness is it fair to expect of our traditional gardening media, and my answer comes out of my experiences in writing for an Extension Service.  Just like Extension Services and their Master Gardeners aren’t expected to be in the vanguard of environmental alarmism, neither should the gardening media.  But Extension Services bend over backwards to advise the public to garden in an environmentally responsible way, based on scientific consensus, and I don’t think that’s too much to expect of a magazine.  For chrissakes, what does it take to fact-check with one of the recognized leaders in the field, like Ohio or New York.

Posted by on June 28, 2006 at 12:03 pm, in the category Who's Ranting About Us.
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One Response to “Getting it Right on Digital Gardening”

  1. margaret says:

    i read the mlog [magazine log/ i just made that up] in gardening how to. and am on this site because of it. i am still finding my way among the blogs. have signed up in some free site but now can’t find it.
    since i can’t seem to get around easily, i am adding a rant about tv and gardens or indoor stuff. doesn’t anybody but me have garbage and recyclables. i never see them on tv nor are they discussed in those other magazines you talk about. it’s like that elephant in the living room that no one is talking about. maybe you could bring up the discussion for people. How do other disguise their trash? how do people who live in close quarters with others [small yards/connected yards] compost respectfully. trash and recycling are a part of our affluence. maybe more would recycle if we made it easy for ourselves.

    thanks for listening.

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