Gardening on the Planet

Common Gardening Practices That Hurt Bees

Worldwide, there’s a growing awareness of the value of pollinators, which is heartening for those of us who love food and biological diversity. However, pollinator populations continue their noticeable decline, and recently several bee species have been listed or proposed as federal endangered species. Individual gardeners and property owners can help by finding alternatives to […]

Posted by  on October 5, 2016 at 4:16 pm.   This post has 6 responses.

Fall Planting

Many of us are already putting away our spades, but if you do, you’ll miss the best planting season of the year. Spring – the classic planting season – may be superior for most vegetables and annuals, but for woody plants – trees and shrubs – and container-grown perennials,...

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Posted by on October 3, 2016 at 10:53 am

Lawn-Less Solutions in my Townhouse Garden

You’ve seen Part 1 of the Garden Clips videos of my garden and now Part 2 is up! In this tour of my back garden I opined a bit about lawn reduction, and of course the plants I use instead. Scroll down for a bit more about the plants mentioned....

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Posted by on September 30, 2016 at 8:30 am

Bulb mistakes I have known and now avoid

In a world gone crazy, I am relieved to turn part of my focus to my favorite fall activity: bulb planting and forcing. I’m no horticultural expert (though I do play one on the radio sometimes), but bulbs are my thing, and here’s what I got: Don’t plant too...

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Posted by on September 27, 2016 at 8:19 am

Leaf Morphology is Surprisingly Marvelous

I recently attended this tour at the U.S. Botanic Garden, despite my doubts that the topic of leaf structures – leaf morphology – would be marvelous, as promised, but darned if it wasn’t! I maintain my skepticism that a talk by another expert could put me to sleep but...

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Posted by on September 23, 2016 at 12:16 pm

On Video: Bulb-Planting in the Fall

New from Good Gardening Videos is our juicy selection of 14 videos about spring-blooming bulbs – general how-to, specific types, how to naturalize and two cool ways to pot them up. If you’re already an experienced bulb-gardener, maybe you know someone who could be coaxed into planting something if...

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Posted by on September 22, 2016 at 9:05 am

How I Became a Landscape Reformer

Today’s Guest Rant comes from Leslie Nelson Inman, an Adjunct English Instructor at Mercer University and Georgia Tech who is currently taking some time off to write a book. Leslie educated herself about environmental issues and has become passionate about spreading information and solutions widely via social media. Here’s...

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Posted by Leslie Nelson Inman on September 21, 2016 at 6:41 am

Gardening via Groupon

Drinks are not included. For the past few years, I’ve been seeing Groupon offers for Paint Nites, where (usually) a bunch of people get together and make a painting with an instructor. At first, they seemed to be singles events, often held in bars, but more recently I have...

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Posted by on September 20, 2016 at 7:37 am

My Townhouse Garden on Video!

Readers may remember my post about a guy who grew up blocks from my home and is now a videographer in New Haven, CT.  For fun, this son of a landscape architect and gardener himself makes videos about plants and gardens, usually featuring the director of the botanic garden...

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Posted by on September 16, 2016 at 6:28 am

Oh, how sweet—they’re getting married!

  In case you hadn’t heard, two of the biggest Big Ag and Big Chem firms—St. Louis-based Monsanto and Germany’s Bayer (pronounced buyer)—are merging, with Bayer making the acquisition. It’s gigantic news for farmers, but these companies are big players at garden centers as well. Here’s the PR for...

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Posted by on September 15, 2016 at 8:28 am

The Season’s Last Hurrah and a Surprising New Beginning

  There are a few weeks left in my long, fitful gardening season. I will be busy trying to nail those lingering mischievous weeds. (How can I miss weeds, that I pass every day, with seed heads the size of Big Ben?) At the end of September I’ll put...

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Posted by on September 14, 2016 at 9:41 am

Public Gardens and Signaling Welcome

Guest Rant by Linda Larson, “A Traveling Gardener, wandering, wondering, noticing. . . .” Public gardens in North America welcome visitors from all over the world. While they generally announce themselves with a name sign and offer a map, some ditch the map and post directions in a casual way...

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Posted by Linda Larson on September 12, 2016 at 8:41 am

State Fair in the Big City

The DC State Fair, now in its 7th year, calls itself a “free showcase of the region’s agricultural and artistic talents” and a “celebration of all things homegrown: food, music, art and entertainment for everyone.” And of course it’s not at a county fairgrounds but in the middle of Washington, D.C....

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Posted by on September 9, 2016 at 7:26 am

Cool Corpse Flower Time-Lapse

From the U.S. Botanic Garden.

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Posted by on September 8, 2016 at 3:30 pm

The Winnowing

Because I moved across the country and chose to design my new garden rather than hiring a local landscape designer, the process is slow but interesting. Choosing the plants has required a multi-year period of growing a wide variety of plants in order to learn which are adapted to...

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Posted by on September 7, 2016 at 1:51 am

Annuals are forever

At this time of year, the perennial beds  are beginning to fade; most of the stars have done their job. I don’t see how people can survive without annuals, at least around here. But it does depend on which ones you choose. This time, I used annuals that are...

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Posted by on September 6, 2016 at 8:02 am

A Prickly Situation

Porcupines are cute, if not cuddly, animals. I just wish one had not targeted my garden. It announced its arrival in early summer by ravaging our raspberry patch. I didn’t know then who was the malefactor. Not only were the berries stripped from the bushes, the canes themselves were...

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Posted by on September 5, 2016 at 9:57 am

Big Honking Coleus!

We’re at summer’s end and look what’s starring in my garden – the humble Coleus. Once restricted to shady spots, these newer sun-tolerant ones are something else, growing tall enough to actually provide privacy for this front-yard patio. The pots they’re in give them an added lift, but still....

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Posted by on September 2, 2016 at 7:33 am

Bulb fanatics are losing a best friend

Oh NO! That was my first reaction when I saw that my new Old House Gardens catalog included an announcement that founder/owner of the company Scott Kunst was retiring after the fall/spring shipping season. For some years, though I have never met him, I’ve felt that Scott was right...

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Posted by on September 1, 2016 at 12:02 pm

The Fantabulous Tomato Sandwiches of Ralph Haas and Sarah Owens

I’ll never forget the moment I tasted my first tomato sandwich. Mrs. Dumesnil grew a half-dozen tomato plants in her back yard. I lived a block and a half away. Her son Craig is my lifelong pal. One day at lunchtime, Mrs. Dumesnil fixed my first tomato sandwich on...

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Posted by on August 31, 2016 at 7:35 am
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