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OG Mag on Wildlife-Friendly Gardens: What’s Wrong with this Picture?

As a big fan of Organic Gardening Magazine, I take no pleasure in expressing my shock surprise at seeing this photo illustrating an otherwise wonderful article about growing wildlife-friendly gardens.  The caption on the right says “Orange Boy watches wildlife from the front porch.” I don’t imagine he just watches. Do we need to repost […]

Read more in: Everybody's a Critic, Ministry of Controversy
Posted by on May 7, 2013 at 4:08 pm   This post has 46 responses.

Bedding Your Plants

Guest Rant by Geoff Lewis I would like to speak to the curious sport of bedding plants. Bedding plants – you know, big pansies, dwarf marigolds and their ilk. One’s vision is of an orgiastic colour melee: Vast flocks of the vegetative equivalent of Pekinese and/or Schitzu-Poodle crosses (schit-poos)...

Read more in: Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, Guest Rants, It's the Plants, Darling
Posted by on April 30, 2013 at 10:09 am   This post has 11 responses.

The Run for the Roses is Really About Mint

Thousands of red tulips have been planted in the Churchill Downs paddock and winner’s circle for this year’s Kentucky Derby. They were shipped from Holland months ago.  Nearly 500 red roses will arrive from South America a few days before the race (the first Saturday in May) and be...

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Posted by on April 26, 2013 at 8:02 am   This post has 5 responses.

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...

Read more in: Gardening on the Planet, Guest Rants
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...

Read more in: Guest Rants, Taking Your Gardening Dollar
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...

Read more in: Guest Rants, It's the Plants, Darling
Posted by on April 9, 2013 at 8:32 am   This post has 5 responses.

Blossom-less FDR Memorial delights. MLK Memorial just looks sad.

The memorial to FDR has been a local favorite since it opened in 1997, and yesterday it was the first stop on my cherry blossom tour via bicycle.  (You can get your own bike there via subway or rent one when you get downtown.)  But like thousands of other...

Read more in: Everybody's a Critic
Posted by on April 5, 2013 at 8:26 am   This post has 15 responses.

Armitage makes an app

In the early days of the iPhone, we were ravening for gardening apps.  After a while though, the craving just seemed to go away. I have several theories on that. It could be that our devices have become so essential to the tasks of multi-level communication, social media, mapping,...

Read more in: Armitage Rants, Taking Your Gardening Dollar
Posted by on April 2, 2013 at 10:06 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...

Read more in: Gardening on the Planet, Guest Rants
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.

So, what do we think of “Master Gardeners”?

Recently there was a lively garden-writer discussion on Facebook that began with this question:  “I’m a member of several professional garden groups and a recurring theme that comes up is anti-master gardeners. Why?” Boy-oh-boy, did people have answers.  One opined that Master Gardeners represent a “stale and stagnant status...

Read more in: CRRRITIC, Ministry of Controversy
Posted by on March 1, 2013 at 9:09 am   This post has 145 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...

Read more in: Guest Rants, Taking Your Gardening Dollar
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.

Unsurprising, but still sad

A few years ago, I was offered about ten years worth of Garden Design magazines if I paid for the postage to get them to me. The two boxes came and I put them in a closet, intending at some point to unpack and shelve them somewhere I could...

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Posted by on February 12, 2013 at 7:33 am   This post has 29 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...

Read more in: Books, Guest Rants, It's the Plants, Darling, Taking Your Gardening Dollar, What's Happening
Posted by on February 7, 2013 at 5:34 am   This post has 90 responses.

woo-woo back atcha, margaret roach

Margaret Roach’s blog tour for her new book “Backyard Parables” has been going strong for two weeks, and I’m kinda late to the party.  But like any opinionated gardenblogger, I have things to say. At first I was confused by the title but soon learned that this book is...

Read more in: Books, Unusually Clever People
Posted by on January 25, 2013 at 9:37 am   This post has 8 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.

Love Downton, but Where are the Gardens?

Guest Rant by Layanee DeMerchant I confess; I’m caught up in the romance and intrigue of the PBS series, “Downton Abbey.” I’m enjoying the fashion, the opulence and the stunning backdrop of a castle, on top of the great acting and the fascinating changes going on in British society...

Read more in: Everybody's a Critic, I Don't Have a Garden, but I Watch One on TV
Posted by on January 19, 2013 at 8:43 am   This post has 52 responses.
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