GardenRant edition. The whole newsletter is available here.
In the News
- New evidence that ingredients in Roundup
are hurting humans. Read about this big news in Scientific
news that rooftop farms are taking off in New York City, and that veg
gardens are considered desirable amenities for suburban subdivisions. Lordy,
it's a new world.
- Yielding to factual evidence – that only about 3 perfect of rainwater
falling on houses reaches streams – Colorado is relaxing its strict prohibition
on the collecting of rainwater. This story in the New York Times
shows what a nonsensical mishmash water laws in the West still are, though.
- Purdue has promising news – that its new hybrid of the American chestnut
tree might just revive the almost-extinct species AND sequester a whole lotta
carbon, too (because they grow so much faster than other hardwood trees). The
new hybrids have the blight-resistance of Chinese chestnuts, while retaining 94%
American genes (somehow). Source: Science
Found on the Web
- On Treehugger,
a good comparison of drip irrigation with xeriscaping.
- Plantwerkz is dedicated to
architecturally beautiful plants, defined as plants that are visually aesthetic,
that "command attention to themselves, causing all background to fade away in
their presence." Yum!
On the Sustainable Gardening
- The Dance of
Groundcovers shows the current state of a mix of thymes, Creeping Jenny,
clovers, sedums, strawberries and more, and how easily swayed I really am by
- If I lived
in LA I'd copy Shirley Bovshow's garden shows off a super-sustainable garden
for Southern California that even includes lots of edibles. I want to live
- I can't
believe I spent good money on a weed I've hated for decades – the trumpet
vine confesses my latest gardening mistake. As my mom used to say, "Live
and learn." (Okay, but when's that going to start?)
My So-Called Second Career
Gardening, my old fave. It'll cover plants that can be used to replace lawns –
yay! This topic's near and dear to me and I got a chance to tackle it at the
American Hort Society recently – and got great suggestions from Brent and Becky
Heath, and a very knowledgeable horticulturist who works there. Seems only
natural to do a book on the subject, right?
And some of you will be
amused to know that I've finally given in to social pressure and the advice of
lots of smart people and have begun tweeting. Sure, I tried once before and
gave up but this time I've installed the much-recommended Tweetdeck, which
promises to make it all soooo easy. (More will be revealed.) My Twitter name is GardenerSusan.
thing, though. I'm DO write or contribute to 8 blogs and websites, so I may still fail at this
social networking thing. (Unless I give in to my lust and get an iPhone.
Seeing Carol Michel
wield hers planted a seed that wants to grow!)