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Here’s to No-Blow Gardens

Guest Rant by Evelyn Hadden Let’s face it, the outdoors is getting noisier, and not in a good way. It used to be that a person could find calm, quiet places even in the city — be it a park, a secluded backyard, or a low-traffic residential street. But that was before leafblowers. I know, […]

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Posted by on March 21, 2013 at 6:55 am   This post has 57 responses.

Bluestone says good riddance

To plastic pots, that is. According to a press release I just got, Bluestone is the first perennial nursery to com­pletely replace plastic growing pots with biodegradable media.  I wish more nurseries would do this. I rather enjoy stepping on root-bound perennials in plastic pots before prying them out,...

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Posted by on March 19, 2013 at 7:43 am   This post has 26 responses.

The cat problem

And no, it’s not that there are two many pictures of them on Facebook. (There are, but that’s a discussion for another time.)  My husband and I have owned cats for over twenty years (2 different ones); they’ve always been kept inside, although the first one was briefly allowed...

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Posted by on February 4, 2013 at 8:39 am   This post has 34 responses.

Home Depot’s Leaf Bags and their Eco-Terrible “Tips”

I’m seeing lots of leaf bags in my neighborhood, like this collection from just one neighbor’s yard.  Though I was happy to see they’re made of paper (which is required by my town), a closer look revealed that these bags come with a message about lawn care – a...

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Posted by on December 7, 2012 at 9:25 am   This post has 35 responses.

Bringing the green—or not so much?

You might not know we reelected a president last week from reading this site. We try to stick to gardening politics. But presidents do have an effect on environmental policies, conservation, farming and—eventually—gardening. A few years back I posted about the ten greenest presidents in U.S, history, according to...

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Posted by on November 12, 2012 at 8:26 am   This post has 7 responses.

Sunflower sutra

There is a climactic scene in the charming if strange independent movie Elvis & Anabelle. The lead male character, Elvis, a budding mortician, is about to commit suicide when he notices out his window that a field of sunflowers has magically burst into bloom outside his window. The sight...

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Posted by on October 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm   This post has 15 responses.

Gas and land

East Pond, at Gateway National Refuge Area. Photo courtesy of NPS. U.S. athletes triumphed during the recent Olympiad—loved watching it! I wish I could say the same about our triumphant leadership in other fields, especially when it comes to breaking away from dependence on fossil fuels. Where I live,...

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Posted by on August 13, 2012 at 9:03 am   This post has 14 responses.

Plantagon!

UPDATE: See comments for a response from Plantagon Community Director Thomas Selig. Drumroll, please. I present to you the latest development in urban agriculture: a futuristic vertical greenhouse that—making use of integrated solutions for energy, excess heat, waste, CO2 and water—will be the latest methodology for providing fresh food...

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Posted by on June 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm   This post has 20 responses.

As pollinators for a native plant garden, honey bees suck!

Guest Rant by David Schmetterling, Montana Wildlife Gardener That’s right, they suck.  Someone had to say it. If you want honey bees (Apis mellifera) for say, I don’t know, honey- that is great.  No problem.  If you have converted a heterogeneous, beautiful landscape of native plants and wildlife into...

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Posted by on March 8, 2012 at 4:29 am   This post has 32 responses.

Federal landscapes go sustainable

Somehow I missed some really big news – the October 31 announcement of new requirements for federal landscapes.  Should I blame the less than eye-catching announcement itself, shown above?  Or maybe the administration is trying to keep this tree-hugging move under the radar.  Whatever – it's great news! Warning...

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Posted by on February 21, 2012 at 4:56 am   This post has 20 responses.

The Brand New USDA Hardiness Map: Already Out of Date?

Meet David W. Wolfe, Cornell plant scientist and expert on the impacts of climate change on agriculture. Wolfe is also the author of an absolutely delightful book about the soil, Tales from the Underground: A Natural History of Subterranean Life, that ought to be required reading for all gardeners. In the 2011...

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Posted by on February 3, 2012 at 3:58 am   This post has 12 responses.

Scotts MiracleGro and the National Wildlife Federation have Partnered Up

Almost two years ago we posted the news that the National Wildlife Federation was seeking input about possibly partnering up with various corporations, including such known wildlife-huggers as Ortho, Scotts Miracle-Gro and Spectracide.  Your comments were pretty darn negative, but seem to have gone unheeded.  Scotts DOES have tons...

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Posted by on January 23, 2012 at 11:27 am   This post has 23 responses.

Garden products from the bad old days

I'm packing up to move, so it's time to decide which of these gardening products I'll be taking with me and which deserve to be sealed tightly at the bottom of a landfill somewhere.  In my defense, I bought most of these 15-25 years ago, before I knew enough...

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Posted by on December 6, 2011 at 5:46 am   This post has 23 responses.

Golf course chooses toxic pesticide over the environment, neighbors, etc.

Deciding to use a long-banned pesticide, despite its proven harm to the environment and the ire of neighbors?  So stupid, but it's only thanks to one insider that there's a chance to convince the golf course not to do it. Here's an editorial in the Washington Post about the...

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Posted by on October 1, 2011 at 11:51 am   This post has 7 responses.

Doug Tallamy disproves opposing myths about native plants

Doug Tallamy, everyone's favorite entomologist/native-plant advocate, is one of the contributors to a new book about sustainable gardening (edited by Tom Christopher, and to be reviewed here soon). First he makes the case that if you care about insects, the birds that feed on them and, heck, all of...

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Posted by on August 16, 2011 at 4:39 am   This post has 13 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.

A green roof with a view

I spotted this in Lake Placid last week. It's prominently placed on a building owned by the Golden Arrow hotel and there's a sign installed near the sidewalk that explains it to visitors. Keep in mind that it is relatively early in the season this far north, so the...

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Posted by on July 2, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 7 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.

Contribute to Landscape for Life

Yes, I'm plugging the new Landscape for Life - the homeowner's version of the Sustainable Sites Initiative – yet again.  But this time it's to encourage you to send them your suggestions for additions or revisions – to webmaster@landscapeforlife.org  Author Janet Marinelli assures me that it's very much a...

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Posted by on November 28, 2010 at 5:33 am   This post has 4 responses.

The EPA has it in for your lawn

Speaking of lawns, check out the big story in today's Post about EPA going after the pollutants that people dump on their lawns.  Also, probably requiring that homeowners and developers retain stormwater on site, or slow it down a lot.  There's talk of daylighting waterways that are now tunneled. ...

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Posted by on November 8, 2010 at 1:17 pm   This post has 9 responses.
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