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 to question the safety of all […]

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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.

Landscape for Life – a Review

  Remember the Sustainable Sites Initiative?  It set eco-standards for landscapes the way LEED does for buildings, and was a collaborative project of the U.S. Botanic Garden, Johnson Wildflower Center and ASLA.  This post about it included the good news that a homeowner version was in the works –...

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Posted by on November 8, 2010 at 5:52 am   This post has 15 responses.

I think that I shall never see

We use an online form to request trees from the varieties offered, but this one is sort of faked; these addresses really do not need trees. But you have to give an address to get a tree. Yesterday was tree-planting day in the neighborhood, fall edition, and it had...

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Posted by on November 7, 2010 at 6:40 am   This post has 10 responses.

Blog Action Day Posts on Water

No, we haven't forgotten what day it is.  First up, I've written a quick post for Blog Action Day about simple lawn care advice, plus some corporate research about Scotts Miracle-Gro. Yes, I'm going there again. Then I found some nice photos of rain gardens for a garden center...

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Posted by on October 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm   This post has 2 responses.

Blog Action Day 2010 Tackles Water

It's that time of year again, when bloggers all over the world write about a single topic that maybe needs more attention, and this year it's a big one for gardeners – water.  Here's a blurb from their website that got my attention: The average American uses 159 gallons...

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Posted by on October 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm   This post has 2 responses.

Review and Give-away: Energy-Wise Landscape Design

UPDATE:  Ramble-On Rose wins the book – congratulations!  The random number generator said "16" and her comment is the 16th.  Thanks to everyone for playing, and for your great comments. A furniture and harpsicord maker in rural Massachusetts takes up the study of landscape design, establishes a residential practice,...

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Posted by on August 2, 2010 at 3:23 am   This post has 58 responses.

41 parks closing in New York

Original photo by John Stoneman.   And unbelievably, yesterday, the very same day the governor closed them, he attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new section of Hudson River Park in Manhattan that had apparently long been scheduled. “It pains me,” he commented. It may pain him (I doubt...

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Posted by on May 18, 2010 at 4:50 am   This post has 14 responses.

There’s always a guy

Or a gal. Behind almost every grand old building, park, or, in this case, nature preserve, there are one or two people who lead the fight to bring a fading treasure back to life and ensure its longevity.  I’ve watched many a preservation battle here in Western New York—and...

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Posted by on March 14, 2010 at 5:00 am   This post has 2 responses.

The EPA’s good move on pesticides

Think that pesticide makers should be required to list not just the so-called "active ingredients" in their products but also the inert ones – like those recently found to be potentially more harmful in Roundup than the glophosate itself?  Then head on over to the EPA to tell them...

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Posted by on January 3, 2010 at 9:46 am   This post has 2 responses.

The White House Grounds are Greening

Now I'm as happy as the next gardener about all the kitchen-garden news coming out of the White House this year.  Mrs. O's laser-like focus on healthy eating is right-on – nothing's more important than that. Okay, I've said all that; now I'll return to my usual schtick –...

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Posted by on December 14, 2009 at 5:07 am   This post has 5 responses.

Sustainable Sites Folks say “Landscapes Give Back!”

Finally, after four years in the  making, the Sustainable Sites Initiative's rating system for design, construction and maintenance of sustainable landscapes was announced this week at the U.S. Botanic Garden in D.C. It's a rating system for any site at all – not just around buildings or throughout residential...

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Posted by on November 9, 2009 at 3:39 am   This post has 10 responses.

Blog Action Day takes on Climate Change

Today's the day that thousands of bloggers around the world are writing about climate change, then finding the links to their posts listed on the BAD website.  But here at Garden Rant we've been all over this topic for years, so we'll take this opportunity to put the posts...

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Posted by on October 15, 2009 at 3:44 am   This post has 16 responses.

Coming Soon, Blog Action Day Tackles Climate Change

It's that time of year again when thousands of bloggers post about the same subject on the same day – always October 15 – and bring gobs of attention to the issue.  First they addressed the environment, then poverty, and for 2009 the subject is one that gardeners deal...

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Posted by on October 5, 2009 at 4:33 am   This post has 4 responses.
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