The latest issue is out today, and listed below are the parts that are new to GardenRant. The whole thing, including the right sidebar, is right here on my site. Susan
- The New York Times reports
on young, educated farmers as a social movement, confirming a growing
consensus among gardeners that the future of gardening is young people growing food.
- The U.S. Geological Survey reports
that all sorts of chemicals – like detergents and pharmaceuticals – are
turning up in earthworms from fields fertilized by animal manure and
"biosolids" – that’s the nice word for sludge from human sewage. Seems
that more substances get into our digestive systems than we ever
- The American Hort Society’s 2008 book awards are out and the winners are: Foliage by Nancy J. Ondra, A Natural History of North American Trees by Donald Culross Peattie, Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier, and Viburnums by Michael Dirr. Citations of Special Merit went to revisions of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s All-Region Guide series and Sunset’s Western Garden Book.
On the Blogs
- Your wood chip wisdom is needed! The very wise Linda Chalker-Scott weighs in in favor of them (a controversial stand) and get this – to a depth of 4-6 inches. What do you guys think?
- Organic Gardening Editor is High on Grass is about his defense of the much-maligned lawn, which he confirms in a comment.
- Christa tells us all about sod-removal techniques. It seems she’d rather grow tomatoes.
- From ASLA, a cool new Green Roof Education site.
What’s New on Sustainable-Gardening
- Something that coaching clients always ask about is Edging, so here’s how to create my favorite kind. Down with ugly plastic!
- Photinia shrubs are profiled – not because I recommend them but because so many people have them (along with leaf spot fungus).
- The newest addition to my Tools & Stuff is the Winter Wardrobe page, which was the occasion for taking the photo above.
In My Garden
Here’s what you don’t see in the picture below:
the back, what used to be lawn is now a bunch of groundcovers that
haven’t filled out enough to look really good. Grow, damn it!
the front, what used to be lawn is a little kitchen garden, bisected
with brick paths and planted with all sorts of edibles. Photos coming
Speaking to writing classes and library groups has evolved into yet another coaching gig for me – helping people set up blogs and then make them
successful. Here’s the website with all the details, called Blogging Coach Susan Harris. It’s fresh off the keyboard and I welcome your feedback.