Guest Rants

GardenRant welcomes “guest ranters” who want to take over our little piece of cyberspace for the day. Whether you’re in the plant industry or just an ordinary gardener with an axe to grind, you’re invited. Because GardenRant is read by garden writers, editors, publishers, and other garden bloggers, it’s a great way to get your story out to gardeners, communicators, and industry insiders.

Here’s how it works:
1. Get in touch with one of us through the About Us page. Just follow the links.
2. Let us know what’s on your mind.
3. Once we work out the details, we’ll pick a day for you to post.
4. Send us your post as a Word document or in the body of an email. Be sure to include photos and links to websites if you have them.
5. You might want to check GardenRant throughout the day your post is up and respond to readers in the comments.

Isn’t that simple? Well, there are a few more things you might want to know.

What, exactly, is a guest rant?

First, it’s short. 400 words is plenty.

Second, it’s highly opinionated. Take a position on an issue, pro or con. Rant or rave, just have a point of view. Be unguarded and informal. Tell it like it is.

Third, it’s interesting. Well, that goes without saying. But seriously, tell us an interesting, behind-the-scenes story. Surprise us. Get people talking. Because if you get them talking, they’ll go away and continue the conversation on their own blogs, and that helps spread the word.
Did we mention that it should be interesting and personal and off-the-cuff and fun? Seriously, no PR talk, and no how-to. Pretend you’re e-mailing a highly amusing tale to some friends. Now pretend we’re your friends. See how easy that is?

Posted by on June 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm.
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12 responses to “Guest Rants”

  1. Jay says:

    I want to guest post on your site please allow me to do so

    • Pudgysmom says:

      I want to comment on municipal baskets. First, let me tell you that they are no small endeavor to keep going in southern heat or northern winters. I have been doing 40 of them for our downtown area for about 4 years. Here is what I learned: Use baskets with water reservoirs, not holes in the sides. This helps minimize dry outs between watering and rain. A good resource is Use fiber liners inside fiberglass basket liners inside wrought iron outer baskets. They look beautiful and hide the “guts”. No mater what, in the summer the baskets will need to be watered every morning. Before 7 a.m. if possible to prevent daily dry-out in the heat. Winter baskets (Pansies and Kale, etc) can be watered every other or every third day if there has been snowfall. Pick plants that can take some short dry periods. Pansies/Kale/Swiss Chard in winter, supertunia, sulfina petunias, euphorbias, diachondra, creeping jenny, mini lantana in summer. Fertilize every 7-10 days. Hope this helps..

  2. Ricardo says:

    Grow vegetables and fruit ORGANICALLY

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  3. angus says:

    Thanks for you awesome tips. I really enjoyed your post. check out mine:, p.s I hope you’re not to disappointed but give it time!

  4. Kathy Cummings says:

    In 2004, my native plant garden was given first place in Mayor Daley’s Landscape Awards Program for the ‘Most Naturalized Garden in the City.’ On Halloween this year, 2012, I received a citation for growing “weeds” over 10 inches tall.

    I went to the hearing taking the plaque Mayor Daley gave me and some native plant books. I was found liable for the $640 ticket when the Administrative Law Judge pointed to milkweed and said in his experience, that is a weed!

    I’m looking for people who know milkweed is the only plant monarch butterflies lay their eggs in and that Illinois’ state insect is the monarch! I’m not sure what I’m going to do, I feel my garden is under seize and haven’t cut any of the plants down.

  5. Kate Harries says:

    Hi Kathy
    I think it is so important you get to keep your milkweed – of which there are many varieties sold in garden centres. It’s beautiful and as you say, essential to the survival of the monarch that people grow this essential plant to help the butterflies make their migration through the continent. I suggest you get in touch with the people at Monarch Watch and see what they suggest. There have been several legal battles of this kind in Toronto, and I believe in the end all the wildlife gardeners involved were able to save their plants.

  6. Ella Mason says:

    Good morning!

    I hope you don’t mind me contacting you directly, but I was just wondering whether you were currently accepting guest content on your site?

    I am an experienced writer and I am currently working on spreading the word about a gardening infographic that I believe would be of great interest to you and your readers! The infographic gives you a wide range of advice regarding attracting various British species to your garden. You can find it here:

    If you are able to link to this, please do let me know and I will be able to send over the embed code to you! If you would like to review the infographic or write an introduction yourself, please do. All I ask is that you send me a live link once you have posted it on your site so that I can socially network this for you and direct even more traffic to your site. I’ve found that infographics are amazing for networking a great range of information for specific niches, particularly like gardening!

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind regards,

    Ella Mason

  7. Frank Lowery says:

    It sounds like a great opportunity! Let me work on my own garden rant and I’ll get in touch with you.

  8. Zachary says:

    I love it…. yes there are some crappy
    MG. There are some crappy doctors, lawyers, football players, and people too…my point is all fields have there lesser but I’m a MG, learned a lot from the classes but not everything. I know I did a he’ll of a lot of hands on in class. I know I garden better then most and look for people better then me to learn from. I think you people are just jealous

  9. Michael says:

    As far as the negative feedback i read, it proves my deepest fears that most people are under educated. 1) have you never heard of chemistry? 2) bad guys can make bombs from same household chemicals , So why not garden brews. :)) some of his brews like the one that help break soil surface tension. Is something the store bought stuff can not offer. How lazy have we become.? To much work to mix a few chemicals. These must be the same people to lazy to pickup their towel at the gym after their workout. Nobody ever said you have to use every single recipe Mr Baker offers.
    Have a green day

  10. Pudgysmom says:

    About Jerry Baker’s formulas: My husband has been using his spring green-up formula on our bermuda grass for years. Our grass is the first to green-up and looks fabulous while others in town are still brown. Nuf said.

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