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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 to city dwellers. Its name is […]

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The Brand New USDA Hardiness Map: Already Out of Date?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

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.
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