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    Gardening on the Planet, Lawn Reform

    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...

    Posted by on August 15, 2016 at 10:43 am.   This post has 17 responses.
    Lawn Reform

    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,...

    Posted by on August 12, 2016 at 7:11 am.   This post has 9 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling

    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...

    Posted by on August 11, 2016 at 8:00 am.   This post has 5 responses.
    Eat This, Ministry of Controversy

    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...

    Posted by on August 10, 2016 at 6:57 am.   This post has 18 responses.
    Guest Rants, It's the Plants, Darling

    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...

    Posted by David mcmullin on August 8, 2016 at 1:03 pm.   This post has 69 responses.
    Books, What's Happening

    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...

    Posted by on August 5, 2016 at 1:12 pm.   This post has 2 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling, Shut Up and Dig

    “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...

    Posted by on August 4, 2016 at 8:00 am.   This post has 18 responses.
    Watch Someone Else Do It

    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...

    Posted by on August 3, 2016 at 6:56 pm.   This post has 3 responses.
    Gardening on the Planet, Science Says

    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)...

    Posted by on August 1, 2016 at 3:58 pm.   This post has 12 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling

    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...

    Posted by on July 29, 2016 at 9:40 am.   This post has 6 responses.
    Garden Walk Buffalo

    #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...

    Posted by on July 28, 2016 at 10:11 am.   This post has 5 responses.
    Unusually Clever People, What's Happening

    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...

    Posted by on July 27, 2016 at 7:45 am.   This post has 8 responses.
    Guest Rants, Shut Up and Dig

    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...

    Posted by Emily Reeves on July 26, 2016 at 7:31 am.   This post has 16 responses.
    Watch Someone Else Do It

    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...

    Posted by on July 22, 2016 at 7:40 am.   This post has 11 responses.
    Books, CRRRITIC

    Big Ahas from Planting in a Post-Wild World

    Their primary audience may be other designers, but Thomas Rainer and Claudia West’s Planting in a Post-Wild World (Timber Press, 2016) offers many take-aways for regular gardeners too. The book outlines how to design and maintain an ecological landscape, and does so in beautifully clear, fluid language that is...

    Posted by on July 20, 2016 at 1:27 pm.   This post has 14 responses.