Below are the new-to-Rant bits, and the whole thing is archived on the website, with off-topic sidebar. If you’re tired of reading about lawn alternatives….sorry! Also, notice the cool new contributors – hort experts from The Scott Arboretum and green-gardening advocate Joe Lamp’l.
LAWN SUBSTITUTION GOING MAINSTREAM?
Lawnless gardens are now all together on one
main page: theory and practice, examples across the U.S., stories of meadows,
contrary opinions, and where to go for more info. Here are just some of the new
articles about this hot topic:
- Two gorgeous lawnless native
gardens by Pennsylvania designer Larry Weaner. Notice that stone is the key to their success.
- A Chicago gardener creates a cottage
garden where her front lawn used to be.
IN THE NEWS
- Swiss Ethicists consider the
feelings of plants. No kidding. It’s the GMO
- Bottles made from plants? What
will they think of next? The EarthBottle is from the ag guys at Clemson U., a
"natural polymer-fiber bottle that’s recyclable, biodegradable, petroleum-free
and stronger, lighter than glass." The potential to replace plastic is huge!
(Hat tip to Project
- The Economist opines on the coming greening of
gardening, especially in response to global climate change.
- Also via Project Green
Industry, nursery websites
like this one in Massachusetts are touting their sustainability efforts.
IN MY GARDEN
- How planting a new batch of tulips each year can be easy-peasy.
MORE NEW STUFF ON SUSTAINABLE-GARDENING.COM
- Scott Arboretum
Curator Andrew Bunting writes about Peat-Free Potting
- And Liz Haegele,
another Scott expert, covers Kitchen Composting.
- Joe Lamp’l (joe gardener) offers To Mow or
Not to Mow, a fun comparison of Joe’s own lawn with a "wise Master
Gardener’s" conversion to all-Mondo grass. Next, Grasscycling
– going bagless for the environment. And he explains Integrated Pest