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    Eat This, Real Gardens

    My Hot and Spicy Adventures, or She’s On Fire!

    I HAVE A HEAT TOOTH!!! Not a sweet tooth, a HEAT TOOTH! I love hot peppers. I have been honing my tolerance for heat for a few years now, and at this point I can take a bite out of a habañero and not pass out or vomit. It...

    Posted by on August 25, 2015 at 11:34 pm.   This post has 8 responses.
    Gardening on the Planet, Unusually Clever People

    The wild side

    At this time of year, I often prefer hiking to gardening. Late summer is my favorite time for the plants that grow wild in the parks and the preserves of Western New York, and the more common they are, the better I like them.  They don’t even have to...

    Posted by on August 25, 2015 at 8:11 am.   This post has 12 responses.

    Super-Duper Chanticleer Book and Contest

    The Book, available next month from Timber Press, is the story of the garden from its very own gardeners. And Chanticleer Garden is a garden that’s designed and managed, not just cared for by gardeners, so they reveal more than pretty images – though Rob Cardillo’s are amazing.  It’s called...

    Posted by on August 21, 2015 at 8:17 am.   This post has 2 responses.
    Designs, Tricks, and Schemes

    Canning for Ultra-Beginners

    I’m by no means a whiz in the kitchen, and honestly, I prefer to eat my garden veggies raw when possible. However, they are piling up! This week, I dipped my toe in the water with a couple of refrigerator-canning projects. They turned out to be pretty easy, so...

    Posted by on August 19, 2015 at 2:25 am.   This post has 6 responses.
    Everybody's a Critic, Unusually Clever People

    Worth the wait—Girl Waits with Gun

    She kills me. As Garden Rant co-founder Amy Stewart moves into longform fiction, she demonstrates again her powers to surprise, entertain, and inform. Stewart’s latest book, Girl Waits with Gun, is a period adventure novel based on a 1914-15 true story—that of one of America’s first female deputy sheriffs....

    Posted by on August 18, 2015 at 9:14 am.   This post has 3 responses.
    Lawn Reform

    Weeding Meadows and Neil Diboll on CBS

    “CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent Steve Hartman confesses his addiction to weeding after Neil Diboll helped him create a meadow. Here’s the video and here’s more on the story.

    Posted by on August 17, 2015 at 9:23 am.   This post has 2 responses.
    Ministry of Controversy

    Garden Professors’ Epic Takedown of Consumer Reports

    Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, co-founder of the game-changing Garden Professors Blog and award-winning author, happened upon a lawn-care article in Consumer Reports and didn’t like what she saw – a mash-up of garden myths and misinformation.  No citations to actual research in sight.  So she posted her review of the article here...

    Posted by on August 14, 2015 at 7:53 am.   This post has 6 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling, What's Happening

    On Top of the Daylily World

    David Kirchhoff and Mort Morss helped smooth my horrible mood swings with daylilies. I had loved a few daylilies and left them. I once grew an acre of the things in commercial production, in addition to growing a wide selection of perennials and wildflowers. There was nothing extravagant about...

    Posted by on August 12, 2015 at 6:59 am.   This post has 19 responses.
    But is it Art?, Gardening on the Planet

    Wildflowers on demand

    Just stop by one of Jenny Kendler’s seed stations, located at strategic spots on Buffalo’s East Side, as well as other Western New York locations, and grab a pack of seeds. The project, titled Rewilding New York, is intended to reintroduce native plants to the urban center, providing sustenance...

    Posted by on August 11, 2015 at 8:53 am.   This post has 4 responses.
    Guest Rants

    The Invasion of the Leaf Snatchers

    Guest Rant by Janet Belding Cape Cod is being eaten each year, not by Jaws nipping at the coastline, but by forces away from the beach, high in the treetops. Below: Parasitic wasp attacking  gypsy moth caterpillar. Credit: USDA.   The winter moths arrive first, beginning as charming green inch-worms...

    Posted by Janet Belding on August 10, 2015 at 10:45 am.   This post has 4 responses.
    What's Happening

    Plant Fanatics Party in Baltimore

    What to call the plant-obsessed people attending the Perennial Plant Association’s shindig last week in Baltimore? Terms like “geek” and “nerd” seem better suited to people who stay out of the sun, so I’ll call us (me, included) fanatics – in a good way.  And I’d never encountered more...

    Posted by on August 7, 2015 at 3:55 pm.   This post has 7 responses.
    Real Gardens

    Planting for Hummingbirds

    One of the big perks of moving to the west has been an increase in opportunities to create habitat for hummingbirds. I planted many of my new garden plants with an eye toward ensuring nectar sources through the seasons for these fascinating creatures, and I’ve been rewarded by seeing...

    Posted by on August 5, 2015 at 6:05 pm.   This post has 26 responses.
    Science Says

    We still have snow!

    It’s been up around 90 over the past few weeks or so, but a comforting(?) reminder that cooler days await exists on Buffalo’s East Side, near the large Art Deco Central Terminal, a grand train station that is no longer in use.  The big black pile of what looks...

    Posted by on August 4, 2015 at 7:49 am.   This post has 4 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling

    Best-Looking Plants in my July Garden

    I’m in the mood to post photos of the plants that are doing the best in my garden right now, starting with these sun-tolerant Coleuses (with one ‘Rubrum’ Pennisetum  in the mix). They were stars in these pots last year, so I’m sticking with them. One more. ‘City Lights’ and...

    Posted by on July 30, 2015 at 6:41 pm.   This post has 19 responses.
    Real Gardens, Uncategorized

    A Dark Place

    I’m vacationing in Northern California this week, on the Russian River, enjoying a break from the bleak, scorching brightness of LA. It is very hot here as well, but the heat is mitigated by the deep, nearly mystical shade from the redwood trees. Driving into Guerneville, I couldn’t help...

    Posted by on July 29, 2015 at 1:51 am.   This post has 10 responses.