GardenRant edition. The whole newsletter is available here.
- Researchers at the USDA think they might have found a
fungus that'll solve the national kudzu problem. It works SO fast that if you spray kudzu in the
morning it'll show signs of damage by mid-afternoon. It's called
Myrothecium and here's more on the story.
boxes are the new allotment gardens, says the National
Trust in the UK.
- SPIN farming to transform
cities? Suddenly I'm seeing it everywhere.
Found on the
- Got pests? Better than
switching to organic is switching
to trouble-free plants – or using companion planting to control pests.
Makes more sense than the simplistic organic-good/inorganic-bad mentality.
- And here's a perfect
example of that mentality. In the first comment to a round-up
of reasons to hate Monsanto is the recommendation to use something
"natural" rather than Roundup. Because if it's natural it's safe, right? Like hemlock and nicotine.
- Tom Christopher recommends
a new book about drip
irrigation and implores us to get on board and save BIG on
- Danger! Whole campus
being sprayed for "general insects". Really, really stupid.
- Looks like the vegan diet
is the most sustainable, and organic
gardening with no animal inputs is catching on.
- More reasons to lay off
the products? Read Rodale's
round-up of pesticides that end up in our bodies, including those in garden
things you can compost that you didn't think you could, by Colleen in her
new gig at Discovery's Planet Green.
On the Sustainable Gardening
- The Best
Lawn Care "Tips" Ever are by Paul Tukey for the Daily Green.
- In praise of doublefile
viburnums, gorgeous and beloved by cedar
Green the Grounds Update
- Terrific news out of Frankfort, KY. First Lady Jane Bashear started
a veg garden recently and in reading the news about it I discovered her plans
for greening the mansion – starting with grounds keeping. "Today, using
fuel-efficient equipment, water conservation, native plants, fewer chemicals,
and soil nutrients. Future – organic solutions and plantings to reduce the
mansion's footprint." Well alrighty, let's find out
- Great coverage of a great governor's garden in Harrisburg in the Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette and the Philadelphia
Inquirer thanks to reporter