New Pollinator Protection Program Bees for Trees

Wild Bee, I think I love you…*

Guest Rant by Will Raap   Honey bees and wild pollinators need your help and need it now. Gardeners know that good pollination makes for better crops of tomatoes, cucumbers, apples and raspberries. And that’s especially true for certain commercial crops like almonds, which need to have 1 million honey bee hives brought to California’s Central […]

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Posted by on April 25, 2013 at 7:26 am   This post has 5 responses.

Capture the lightning

On a recent afternoon, after a day and a half of strenuous garden work, Professor Roush quit working and took a number of photos to convince himself, and all of you, that spring was beginning in Kansas.  I was sidetracked, however, by the quick appearance of a small storm...

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Posted by on April 12, 2013 at 9:03 am   This post has 6 responses.

Pour Me Another Kentucky Coffeetree

When you think of plant hunting—Indiana Jones style—you usually think of faraway places. Throw in tall mountains, deep ravines, landslides and feuding warlords, and you might soon forget the plants. The story becomes more about the adventure. Andy Schmitz and Jeff Carstens haven’t been to China or India, but...

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Posted by on April 9, 2013 at 8:32 am   This post has 5 responses.

Here’s to No-Blow Gardens

Guest Rant by Evelyn Hadden Let’s face it, the outdoors is getting noisier, and not in a good way. It used to be that a person could find calm, quiet places even in the city — be it a park, a secluded backyard, or a low-traffic residential street. But...

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Posted by on March 21, 2013 at 6:55 am   This post has 57 responses.

Bugger Off, Stink Bugs

Armadillos have reached southern Kentucky, while the Asian longhorn beetle is poised just across the Ohio River in southern Ohio. Both are on the march to Louisville. The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) got here first. Armadillos (possums on the half-shell) root around like feral hogs and make a...

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Posted by on March 18, 2013 at 9:48 am   This post has 9 responses.

Poetry for a Leaf Blower Nation

Guest Rants in Verse by Jennifer Martenson For Whom the Leaf Blower Blows Consumer grade cost cutters available in mildly indifferent and turbo screw all y’all models* shift the burden of debris faster than you can say externality *inline deregulators sold separately   Prélude à l’après-midi d’un leaf blower...

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Posted by on March 12, 2013 at 7:47 am   This post has 24 responses.

A Gardening Boomer’s Equipment Wish-List

Guest Rant by Shenandoah Kepler I’m a Baby Boomer and am told that just as we changed the work environment as we entered it, we’re now changing the nature of retirement and aging. So, have you noticed that you can now go into most big-box hardware stores and find...

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Posted by on February 17, 2013 at 10:24 am   This post has 26 responses.

In defense of garden cats

As a gardening veterinarian, I feel obligated to defend our feline friends against the recent onslaught of poor publicity directed towards them.  I’m referring of course, to news reports that stem from a January 29, 2013 article by Scott Loss, et al in Nature Communications, titled “The impact of free-ranging...

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Posted by on February 14, 2013 at 8:34 am   This post has 63 responses.

Celebrating Winter’s Suckiness

Enduring winter in Kentucky is like sitting at the stop light, fiddling around trying to find a radio station, waiting for the red light to turn green. Eventually, spring arrives, just not soon enough. There is, however, a little consolation for all gardeners who are anxious to kick-start spring....

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Posted by on February 8, 2013 at 8:24 am   This post has 2 responses.

Win a bouquet from an American Rose Farm – and keep Valentine’s Day local

by Debra Prinzing  Read on to WIN ONE DOZEN AMERICAN ROSES Post a comment here about why American-grown flowers are important to you! You might just win one dozen gorgeous roses from Oregon or California! We have rose donations from Eufloria Flowers and Peterkort Roses. Two winners will be...

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Posted by on February 7, 2013 at 5:34 am   This post has 90 responses.

Stop the Madness! Crimes Against Horticulture

Guest Rant by Billy Goodnick Come with me to the imaginary hearing called by the Senate Subcommittee on Crimes Against Horticulture. The hallowed chamber shudders as my gavel slams down, calling the room to order. I delight as the company reps and industry lobbyists squirm in dread anticipation of...

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Posted by on January 24, 2013 at 8:03 am   This post has 56 responses.

Pen Pals No More

I’m not much of a pack rat, but I have saved old letters from the past thirty-five years. Gardeners, who it seems seldom had a boring day, dominate the files. Among them are letters from Christopher Lloyd and Elizabeth Lawrence, but I especially enjoyed rereading my letters from David...

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Posted by on January 17, 2013 at 6:43 am   This post has 6 responses.

The American Lawn Predates the Civil War

Susan asked in a post whether we should blame Frederick Law Olmsted for the popularity of lawn in the U.S., and we have an answer by guest ranter Thomas Mickey. Recent posts have appeared on this site that blasted the American obsession with the lawn.  I have no problem...

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Posted by on January 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm   This post has 6 responses.

Holiday Parties with Non-Gardeners.
You Can Make It If You Try.

Too many times over the decades, even knowing that it won’t end well, I have herded party captives into a corner, hoping for a mad gardener conversion. The compliant lambs sip Sauvignon Blanc, and chat about their boxwoods, then turn deaf when I start in on the wonders of...

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Posted by on December 20, 2012 at 8:02 am   This post has 6 responses.

Zombies ate my garden—ch-ching!

As near as I can tell, the gardening industry has overlooked a vast area of marketing that has the potential to start a gardening revolution among young folk and thus grow a new generation of gardeners in this country.  Following in the footsteps of a current wildly successful television series, The Walking Dead, and...

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Posted by on December 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm   This post has 8 responses.

An Almighty Will to Propagate

“Why do you love what you do?” This was a question posed last month at the annual conference of the Eastern Region of the International Plant Propagators Societyin the Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania. The joyful reply came from Joe LaMent (a fellow whose name in no way fits his personality)...

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Posted by on November 22, 2012 at 8:35 am   This post has 5 responses.

My Dirty Little Secret

Dear Penthouse Letters: I never thought it could happen to me. I mean, me? S&M? NO WAY. Then I realized… Gardening, for me, was masochism. It’s true. For years, I was a virtual slave to plants I lusted after but couldn’t grow. How voluptuous were lilacs and peonies when...

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Posted by Andrew Keys on November 15, 2012 at 6:54 am   This post has 76 responses.

The Undaunted and Undented Osage Orange

The Osage orange tree doesn’t have a large following but I have become a big fan. I love its beautiful, glossy green foliage and its yellow stained wood. And there’s something even more irresistibly loveable about the misshapen, softball-sized pale green fruit that looks like an alien’s brain. The...

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Posted by on October 25, 2012 at 7:55 am   This post has 19 responses.

Garden Literature goes Up in Smoke

Dear friends, just as there is no hiding the fact that Professor Roush is a rose nut, there is also no suspense to the revelation that I am an entrenched bibliophile.  My love of printed and bound material stretches far back into my childhood, to that happy time when I was still an only child and...

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Posted by on October 11, 2012 at 9:00 am   This post has 27 responses.

Low-Hanging Fruit, Part Two

Back in April I reported on the surprising blooms on a pair of semi-dwarf apple trees I’d given up for dead after a freak October snowstorm had ripped their roots out the ground, leaving the trees on their sides. I left the trees in the ground, not really expecting...

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Posted by William Alexander on October 4, 2012 at 5:42 am   This post has one response.
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