What Does An Organic Gardener Do About Flea Control?

I'm sure my vet thinks I'm a terrible cat owner.  Whenever I bring Loretta in, they ask me nicely what I'm doing about flea control, and I mutter and shuffle my feet and make excuses.  The truth is that I don't know what to do. Those flea drops have always bothered me.  I've tried various […]

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Posted by on October 12, 2011 at 5:18 am   This post has 48 responses.

Who will buy my lawnless garden?

Breaking news – to anyone who knows me and assumed I’d never, ever leave my garden – I’m selling it and the house it surrounds.  Time to move on. Selling the Complicated Garden Any realtor will tell you that nice gardens may or may not be advantages in selling...

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Posted by on September 27, 2011 at 6:25 am   This post has 19 responses.

Contribute photos of groundcovers that can replace lawns!

Lawn Reformers are getting lots of questions about specific plants that can be used en masse to create a low, lawn-like expanse in the landscape and we're frustrated by the lack of detailed, regionally specific information about the plants people are asking about – Carexes, buffalo grass, low-input grass...

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Posted by on September 24, 2011 at 6:31 pm   This post has 6 responses.

Farmers Markets and the Etsy Problem

Apparently, in some parts of the country, farmers markets have expanded so much that they've run out of customers to sell to, and they're finding it hard to command the premium price they'd grown accustomed to. This poses a problem for those of us who would like to see...

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Posted by on August 31, 2011 at 4:30 am   This post has 31 responses.

Garden Designers Roundtable: From lawn to Sedum, clover, bare soil and erosion!

The Garden Designers Roundtable invited the Lawn Reform Coalition to be their guest blogger(s) this month, combining forces to publish 19 articles about Lawn Replacement on the same day, and linking to each other. Great idea, designers!  Scroll down for the links to those 18 other blog posts, including...

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Posted by on August 22, 2011 at 9:02 pm   This post has 37 responses.

Hot Topics on Other Blogs

I love finding blog posts somewhere ELSE that take on controversial topics, and lately I've seen some doozies. Here are three, and keep sending me links, everyone! That professorial yet bold stirrer-of-the-pot, Jeff Gillman, shows readers that it isn't just glyphosate that kills frogs, but vinegar, too.  And he...

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Posted by on August 9, 2011 at 5:22 am   This post has 15 responses.

The podcast of Linda Chalker-Scott – and why garden writers should consult with garden professors

The PodcastNew this week – Linda also has a podcast!  And here's the first one. (It features an in-garden interview with designer Richard Greenberg, shown here.)  She was lucky enough to team up with a broadcasting professional, so the technical quality is excellent. And if you don't hate Linda...

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Posted by on August 2, 2011 at 10:24 am   This post has 4 responses.

Turf is top topic in my town’s parade

You've seen the partying spectators for my town's July 4th Parade.  Now for the turf- and gardening-related floats and people IN the parade. This group of reel-mowers have been at it for 15 or so years now, way ahead of the rest of the Lawn Reform movement.  I believe...

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Posted by on July 19, 2011 at 8:06 am   This post has 7 responses.

Dead trees! Killer compost! Thanks to DuPont and their herbicide Imprelis.

Boy, this sounds familiar.  A new chemical that's claimed to safely kill dandelions and other turfgrass weeds turns out to be not safe at all.  This time the unintended consequence is killing nearby trees.  We heard from Mother Earth News about it, asking us to spread the word that:...

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Posted by on July 19, 2011 at 4:46 am   This post has 9 responses.

This Just In: Oak Park, MI Front Yard Veg Garden Case Dismissed

According to Julie Bass' blog, the case against her has been dropped. As you know, local city officials were giving her grief for putting raised beds in the front yard, the objecting being that her "plant material" was not "suitable."  I guess they wised up.  I'd like to think...

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Posted by on July 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm   This post has 10 responses.

This Just In.

Dear Gardener’s Supply Co. affiliate: Due to business reasons connected with the new online tax law in California, we have chosen to remove all California affiliates, effective July 1st, 2010.  We regret having to do this and hope that the law may be struck down in the future so...

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Posted by on June 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm   This post has 20 responses.

Reefer madness at Scotts Miracle-Gro

You'd think that our friends at S M-G were doing pretty well with their $2.9 billion of sales, but according to stories posted last week at a number of news sites, including here, it's not enough. They're coming for the stoners. Here's Chief Executive Jim Hagedorn: “I want to...

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Posted by on June 20, 2011 at 11:33 am   This post has 9 responses.

The Article You Will Never Read in a Beauty Magazine

Dear Reader, We, the editors of Beauty, Inc., your monthly guide to beauty, fashion, and the path to a better you, have some surprising news to share in this, our latest and probably last issue.  This is going to blow your mind, so settle into a comfortable chair, take...

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Posted by on June 1, 2011 at 4:01 am   This post has 28 responses.

Exploding Watermelons! Bt in Your Bloodstream! This Week in Horrifying Ag News

Oh, the fun just never stops!  First, this just in from China–overuse of a growth chemical called forchlorfenuron causes watermelons to explode in the fields.  Which is a bummer for the farmers, but also brings up a larger question:  if they're applying too much of this stuff, and using...

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Posted by on May 18, 2011 at 11:20 am   This post has 9 responses.

Native vs. invasive once again—it’s Tallamy’s turn

I am not a purist and I don't expect many other people will be either. I think taking the hard line and insisting on all natives will go a long way toward killing the movement.—Doug Tallamy, Garden Rant interview, 12/12/07 Mild-mannered Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, is...

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Posted by on April 11, 2011 at 4:32 am   This post has 25 responses.

Research on the Impact of Invasives may Surprise You

The importance of eliminating invasive plants, which has long been considered settled dogma, is unsettling itself before our very eyes.  Harvard's Peter del Tredici is making waves among scientists and designers, though maybe not yet with ecologists, with his book Wild Urban Plants, briefly reviewed here.   He breaks the...

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Posted by on March 7, 2011 at 5:55 am   This post has 33 responses.

We read the gardening news

They might not be a good choice for street containers like this one. Black is the new petunia I saw the black and green ones everywhere last summer, but now Black Velvet is the big buzz. Black plants are tough. You want to like them, but a plant is...

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Posted by on February 22, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 10 responses.

About.com’s Lawn Care Advice

Amy's "Dear eHow: Please Go Away" last week got a bit of attention, including comments from some writers for About.com.  They took exception to it being lumped in with eHow and the other "content mills" and claimed that About.com's writers "are carefully vetted and truly domain experts."  And this...

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Posted by on January 20, 2011 at 4:39 am   This post has 30 responses.

Lawn Reform Blog is Born!

 Standard-issue "lawn care" information is OUT.  Lawn reform information is not only IN, it's important, dammit.  So 15 months ago the Lawn Reform Coalition launched a website filled with alternatives to the conventional, overly perfect and supersized American lawn.  Next came our Facebook page, which quickly grew to over...

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Posted by on January 17, 2011 at 3:30 am   This post has 10 responses.

An Appalling Waste of Horticultural And Scientific Talent? You Betcha

Turf without management I hate to be shockable at 50–it's unseemly–but I was doing some research yesterday and was shocked to learn that Colorado State University has an entire degree program devoted to "turf management." This program is taught by actual Ph.D.s.  It leads to glorious management careers, the...

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Posted by on January 6, 2011 at 4:41 am   This post has 50 responses.
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