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Guide to Videos about Fall Crops and Harvesting

Here’s the latest seasonal guide at Good Gardening Videos – this one about vegetable gardening in the fall. The videos listed (so far) are by the University of Maryland, Fine Gardening Magazine, and Renee’s Garden, and we thank them for teaching gardening well. More videos are being added as our search continues for good videos from reputable sources. […]

Posted by  on August 30, 2016 at 12:45 pm.   This post has 2 responses.

First, Get the Lawn Shape Right

This is the design that, some 20 years ago, turned my front yard into a garden I could love, and transformed me into a passionate gardener. Previously, the shape of the lawn had been far too complicated for such a small space. It needed simplifying, but it took a...

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Posted by on August 26, 2016 at 6:31 am

Late summer color

There’s still plenty in the garden, but recently I have been delighting in the often unexpected hues found in the produce we receive weekly from our CSA. No, I don’t grow my own vegetables. Why would I when I am surrounded by small farmers who need my business? Western...

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Posted by on August 24, 2016 at 7:59 am

Stormwater Management at its Most Beautiful

Ed Snodgrass is the internationally known green-roof author, consultant and grower whose own Maryland nursery experienced downpours gushing downhill, unstopped by mere turfgrass. Of course he was using vegetated roofs, but that wasn’t enough. As Ed wrote me, “Even though the farm is mostly pervious, in high intensity events water...

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Posted by on August 19, 2016 at 10:26 am

Promoting biodiversity on the local airwaves

In May I talked to Doug Tallamy when he visited Buffalo to give a talk, and reported on it here. I recorded our conversation and finally finished a radio segment for our local NPR affiliate, WBFO. These segments can only be about 3 and a half minutes, tops, so...

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Posted by on August 18, 2016 at 8:35 am

More Garden-Inspired Haiku

Thanks to those of you who enjoyed my garden haiku post last month. Today I have a few more poems to share, inspired by this morning’s beautiful light.         Will you join in? Give us a Haiku (5 syllables, then 7, then 5) glimpse of what’s...

Read more in: Real Gardens
Posted by on August 17, 2016 at 1:00 am

Benefits of Drought

It’s official: the “U.S. Drought Monitor”, a site co-sponsored by University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, lists southwestern Massachusetts, where I do most of my gardening, as locked in a severe drought. The withered crops in my vegetable garden...

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Posted by on August 15, 2016 at 10:43 am

Cornell on Lawn Care: Do Less!

Lawns have been attacked for some years now, with claims that they require obscene amounts of water, fertilizers, pesticides, and gas-guzzling mowing, so of course the only responsible thing to do is to get rid of it all, right? But lawns are so useful they’ll always be with us,...

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Posted by on August 12, 2016 at 7:11 am

No bouquets at the Olympics this time

Apparently, it did not jive with the Brazil Olympics’ environmental message to give out thousands of cut flowers that would be discarded by their recipients within days. And that makes sense, for sure. But. As an avid Olympics watcher (the only sports I watch), I’ve recently been paying a...

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Posted by on August 11, 2016 at 8:00 am

What Part of GMO Don’t You Understand?

  A few of you may still have doubts about global warming, even though the overwhelming scientific evidence says it’s a no-brainer. Regardless, some dissenters will say the argument for global warming is based on crap science Comedian Andy Borowitz wrote a satirical piece for the New Yorker, called...

Read more in: Eat This, Ministry of Controversy
Posted by on August 10, 2016 at 6:57 am

Ask a Designer: Make Invasives Great Again

Next in our “Ask a Designer” series is a guest rant by David mcmullin. The debate about invasive plants has become, well, invasive. It crops up anywhere gardens and plants are being mentioned. The general idea is this: gardeners are a band of outlaws set on destroying our Habitat through...

Read more in: Guest Rants, It's the Plants, Darling
Posted by David mcmullin on August 8, 2016 at 1:03 pm

Wild Designer Makes “Beautiful Places for People to Love”

Rant readers know that we love Thomas Rainer’s work and his book Planting in a Post-Wild World (here’s Evelyn’s describing the aha’s she got from it), but there’s another game-changing landscape architect I hadn’t heard of til recently, one who may be having an even greater impact through her ginormous...

Read more in: Books, What's Happening
Posted by on August 5, 2016 at 1:12 pm

“Nobody smells roses any more.”

I kid you not. One of my visitors during Garden Walk Buffalo last weekend told me that a nursery staffer actually said this to her as she was shopping for roses there, after she asked which of their many offerings had fragrance. Of course I immediately wondered which local...

Read more in: It's the Plants, Darling, Shut Up and Dig
Posted by on August 4, 2016 at 8:00 am

Youth Gardens, Watering, Lawn Care and More – the Latest Videos

Here’s the latest of my roughly monthly e-newsletters about Good Gardening Videos, dated today: Youth Gardens Just before the the National Children and Youth Garden Symposium met last month, GGVideos gathered together as many youth-garden videos as we could find to show attendees what’s being done and encourage more people to make videos of...

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Posted by on August 3, 2016 at 6:56 pm

Bug Hunting

A couple of weeks ago I attended a fascinating lecture by Dr. Daniel Duran of Drexel University. He was making the case for gardeners to take a more positive attitude toward the insects in their gardens.   He emphasized that a very small percentage (less than 3 percent, on average)...

Read more in: Gardening on the Planet, Science Says
Posted by on August 1, 2016 at 3:58 pm

Roses without Chemicals, After Knock Outs

Meet Peter Kukielski, former curator of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanic Garden, who suddenly had to give up spraying when the city banned pesticide use on public lands. So he researched disease-resistant roses, which led him to Germany and the roses being bred by the breeder Kordes.  Interestingly, Germany...

Read more in: It's the Plants, Darling
Posted by on July 29, 2016 at 9:40 am

#TBT Fifteen years on Garden Walk

Note that I don’t say “Fifteen years OF Garden Walk:” the event celebrated its twentieth anniversary last year. But it was in 2001 that I first joined the Walk, which at that point had about 100 gardens total, scattered through Buffalo’s West Side. This year, over 400 gardeners have...

Read more in: Garden Walk Buffalo
Posted by on July 28, 2016 at 10:11 am

Norma’s Collectables and Cactus

Attention shoppers! The world’s largest Yard Sale is approaching. Four days, August 4 – 7, along 690 miles of U.S. Highway 127, from Addison, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama, you will find more lamp shades, hub caps, ragged sofas, wire cutters, scuffed-up golf balls and used baby shoes than you...

Read more in: Unusually Clever People, What's Happening
Posted by on July 27, 2016 at 7:45 am

I give up on my garden in the dead of summer

I have a confession. I let my garden go to hell in the dead of summer. Even worse? I think I might be okay with that. In the intense sun and dry heat of the Colorado summer, I become a lazy gardener. I have to admit that unlike ranter Allen...

Read more in: Guest Rants, Shut Up and Dig
Posted by Emily Reeves on July 26, 2016 at 7:31 am

Videos that Gardeners NEED

While combing the internet for videos that are accurate and watchable enough to be featured on at Good Gardening Videos  and its companion Youtube channel, I’ve found a few great ones and lots of good-enough ones, like the ones that almost all Extension universities make about soil tests. So I...

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Posted by on July 22, 2016 at 7:40 am
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