Cool stuff to do with weeds

Weeds have been on my mind lately. They always are, really, but after reading the Mabey book, I've been looking at them more closely, even to the point of stopping to examine the countless specimens I see in my daily travels. (Above is a Cirsium vulgare—bull thistle—I spotted at a family event over the weekend.) […]

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Posted by on July 18, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 14 responses.

How not to use landscape fabric

And to be clear, this is a FRONT YARD and this planting technique continues across the entire property.  (House not shown, to protect the guilty.) But wait, maybe this isn't landscape fabric after all, but sheets of black plastic – how creative!  Addendum:  This is how it's looked for...

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Posted by on July 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm   This post has 28 responses.

Gardening apps—I’m over them. Really.

Don't laugh. You're looking at the future of garden design. Remember when we first got our iPhones?  It was all about the apps. Mine is still loaded up with six screens worth, only 4-5 of which I use on a regular basis—a weather app, whatever will find restaurants and...

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Posted by on June 27, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 14 responses.

Renegade Gardener Parts Company with GardenRant

  We've long been admirers of Don Engebretson, the Renegade Gardener.  We love his funny and spot-on yearly awards so much, we recommend them again and again and again.  He's given this blog and especially the Manifesto a shout-out or two and we've become a mutual admiration society among...

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Posted by on June 21, 2011 at 5:38 am   This post has 47 responses.

Are we there yet?

Gardening in the digital age—is it 2.0, 3.0, or maybe 3.5? It depends. If you count all the websites, blogs, and social media about gardening, then I suppose there has been considerable progress. If we’re talking about digital garden planning and implementation, that’s different. Garden-related computer software and mobile...

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Posted by on April 4, 2011 at 6:47 am   This post has 13 responses.

Bee options for all

Making honey – total involvement Beekeeping is all the rage these days, and my friend Pam (PamJ when she comments here) is one of the many who’s become “Hooked on bees in suburbia.”  That’s my story of her first year of beekeeping, including the highs, the lows, and the...

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Posted by on March 29, 2011 at 5:32 am   This post has 26 responses.

What should a spring flower show be? (continued)

Meet the Flintstones. Sometimes it just needs to exist. This was not my year for any of the big shows, but I did have a chance to see a different local event—in Rochester, where I did a couple talks. And this weekend, I’ll be visiting Buffalo's, mainly to support...

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Posted by on March 22, 2011 at 4:56 am   This post has 10 responses.

ASLA’s Award-Winning Green Roof

It was recently announced that Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has selected the green roof at the headquarters of the American Society of Landscape Architects in downtown DC to win an Award of Excellence, so congratulations are in order to everyone involved.  That includes not just ASLA but the...

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Posted by on November 22, 2010 at 6:28 am   This post has 4 responses.

Ranting about Dead Leaf Advice

I'm handing out advice and arguing with some experts (would you believe the revered Barbara Damrosch?) – and on a corporate blog, no less.  I know plenty of GardenRant readers (and writers?) will disagree with me but go ahead; I can take it.  After 4+ years here, we've all...

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Posted by on November 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm   This post has 20 responses.

Lawn-Mower Pollution Truisms Fact-Checked

Thanks to Straight Dope.com, whoever that is, for investigating the "Mowing for one hour is equivalent to driving an SUV 300 miles" factoid we've all read a million times, or some version of it. Gas mowers ARE extremely inefficient, but it's nice to get the actual numbers right. Via...

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Posted by on November 14, 2010 at 12:14 pm   This post has 12 responses.

Trees prevent break-ins. Or cause them. One of those.

A study by the U. S. Forest Service has found that certain kinds of trees can reduce crime in an urban neighborhood. Certain kinds of trees. It’s really interesting. I had heard this on NPR last week, but didn’t write down the reference and couldn’t find it on the...

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Posted by on November 9, 2010 at 4:40 am   This post has 17 responses.

A silly way to talk about some cool stuff

Wisteria has surprisingly nice fall color. Agreed. Trend surveys are little more than marketing fodder and often are blatant advertising of certain products. However, I still like to look at them because I always found something interesting, or something that, regardless of why it’s named as a trend, I...

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Posted by on October 21, 2010 at 7:45 am   This post has 17 responses.

John Greenlee makes Designed Grass Ecologies

I got to hear plantsman and American Meadow author John Greenlee talk to the landscape architects recently and learned that what he designs to great effect aren't really meadows as we commonly use that term.  He calls them grass ecologies and if I knew that I might not have...

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Posted by on October 4, 2010 at 5:17 am   This post has 20 responses.

Oh Say Can You See

Here's more on garden objects from guest ranter Benjamin Yogt/The Deep Middle Your house is your home. You can, of course, do whatever you want to the inside or outside. Unfortunately, in regards to the outside, the rest of us have to look at it and wonder what you...

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Posted by on September 10, 2010 at 10:28 am   This post has 47 responses.

Show Off

Here’s a guest rant from Kathleen McCoy. When I joined the Garden Club of Montclair, I got the official Handbook for Flower Shows and a toolbox. I was not excited about the requirement for new members to make two flower arrangements. It was the floral equivalent of eating a...

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Posted by on September 5, 2010 at 5:00 am   This post has 10 responses.

“Yes, but you’re a gardener”

This is always a disconcerting thing to hear when you’re talking to people who spend most of their professional lives working in the horticultural field. But I’m almost getting used to it. The last time it happened was at the IGC show in Chicago this past week, as I...

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Posted by on August 22, 2010 at 5:00 am   This post has 33 responses.

Seen Yesterday In Spa State Park

Many New York State parks strike me as monuments to the fear of litigation.  The State destroys any lake it touches as a swimming experience with ropes and whistle-happy lifeguards.  But I am very fond of the Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs. It's very civilized, a nice combination...

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Posted by on July 30, 2010 at 4:48 am   This post has 6 responses.

Nothing Annoys Me More Than Anglophilia…

…in the American gardening press, where it's all about laziness and snobbery.  We have great gardens here in the U.S., too!  Take a look around, you journalists, and consider reporting the evidence of your own eyes! And unless you happen to live in Portland, Oregon, there is relatively little...

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Posted by on July 6, 2010 at 7:12 am   This post has 11 responses.

Gazing Globes: Yeah or Nay?

photo by Les Hutchins The New Jersey town I grew up in was carved out of farmland in the 60s. There weren't a lot of older houses, and what older houses there were, were generally simple Victorian farmhouses.  So, the one stylish 20s brick Tudor near a major crossroads...

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Posted by on June 29, 2010 at 5:25 am   This post has 43 responses.

Thanks a lot, Martha!

There were a few moments early in the process yesterday when I thought “Why?” A friend had finally convinced me to spend an afternoon making hypertufa containers, which, as most of you probably know, are DIY planting vessels made from a mix of Portland cement, perlite, and peat moss...

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Posted by on June 15, 2010 at 4:47 am   This post has 20 responses.
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