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    Eat This, Gardening on the Planet, Ministry of Controversy

    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...

    Posted by on September 15, 2016 at 8:28 am.   This post has 5 responses.
    Real Gardens, What's Happening

    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...

    Posted by on September 14, 2016 at 9:41 am.   This post has 30 responses.
    Guest Rants

    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...

    Posted by Linda Larson on September 12, 2016 at 8:41 am.   This post has 7 responses.
    Feed Me, What's Happening

    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....

    Posted by on September 9, 2016 at 7:26 am.   This post has 2 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling

    Cool Corpse Flower Time-Lapse

    From the U.S. Botanic Garden.

    Posted by on September 8, 2016 at 3:30 pm.   This post has one response.
    Designs, Tricks, and Schemes

    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...

    Posted by on September 7, 2016 at 1:51 am.   This post has 7 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling

    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...

    Posted by on September 6, 2016 at 8:02 am.   This post has 7 responses.
    Real Gardens

    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...

    Posted by on September 5, 2016 at 9:57 am.   This post has 12 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling

    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....

    Posted by on September 2, 2016 at 7:33 am.   This post has 8 responses.
    Unusually Clever People

    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...

    Posted by on September 1, 2016 at 12:02 pm.   This post has one response.
    Eat This

    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...

    Posted by on August 31, 2016 at 7:35 am.   This post has 7 responses.
    Watch Someone Else Do It

    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...

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

    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...

    Posted by on August 26, 2016 at 6:31 am.   This post has 7 responses.
    Eat This, Feed Me

    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...

    Posted by on August 24, 2016 at 7:59 am.   This post has one response.
    Designs, Tricks, and Schemes

    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...

    Posted by on August 19, 2016 at 10:26 am.   This post has 10 responses.