GardenRant edition. The full version is right here.
In the News
highest court has ruled that Monsanto, um, didn't
told the truth about the safety of Roundup, falsely claiming it's "biodegradable" and "left the soil
clean". Monsanto lies – who knew? Here's the story by the BBC.
San Francisco's mandatory composting law is now in effect – support is mixed.
- Is male pee better than female pee for composting? We'll have to ask the National Trust in England.
- Interesting – this report of GMO crops needing MORE herbicides. But wait – isn't that that the opposite of what they're supposed to accomplish?
is dandy because bacteria on the surface of the skin help combat
inflammation when we get hurt. Research findings are called a
vindication of common sense parenting. Here's the story.
Urban Gardening on the Web
- A DC blogger's chickens are arrested, so naturally she rallies chicken-lovers to change the outdated law, and then writes about it. While you're there, check out the team blog she writes for – DC Food For All. A team blog with a purpose.
- Say Hello to Jackie D'Elia and Olive Barn
is the story of a web-savvy horticulturist who succeeds in business
(and sponsors Sustainable and Urban Gardening).
- Are commercial bagged soils safe for growing vegetables? is a terrific report in the LA Times. Learn what contaminants are in them.
- Liz Falk, of DC's Common Good City Farm, visited Will Allen's awesome urban farm Growing Power in Milwaukee, WI, and I loved this account of her report.
- And how's your grocery store treating you? Mine has a free massage therapist who knows where my "gardener muscles" are and what to do with them.
Sustainable Gardening on the Web
- The Simple Life of Ed Begley covers waaay more than just his landscape.
- Dead Leaf Debate – Who Knew? tackles the surprisingly tricky question of whether to remove dead leaves from our gardens. That's Part 1.
- Part 2 of the Dead Leaf Debate is: If you DO remove them, what to do with them.
- What's up with FreezePruf? includes an interview with the botanist who developed the stuff.