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The Annual GardenRant Handmade Gift Guide

Christmas present image via Shutterstock. As we do most years around this time, we’re putting out a call for your holiday garden gift ideas–with the stipulation that they must be handmade.  Arts and crafts, one-of-a-kind, made by an actual person because they like making stuff–those sorts of gifts.  If you make garden or botanical themed […]

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Posted by on November 28, 2012 at 4:33 am   This post has 22 responses.

Planter Boxes–another winner!

image via Shutterstock Another giveaway, another winner, chosen at random–and the planter box goes to Caitlin, who plans to pass it on to her mother who gardens in heavy clay. Thanks, people!

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Posted by on November 7, 2012 at 4:31 am   This post has 2 responses.

November eBook Extravaganza

    Ebooks rarely go on sale, but this month two of mine are available through special promotions if you want them: For the month of November only, pick up Flower Confidential for $1.99 as an ebook at Apple, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Kobo, Google, and Amazon. Wicked Bugs...

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Posted by on November 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm   This post has 3 responses.

Rubber Rakes & Roots of My Obsession–We Have Winners!

image via Shutterstock. We have winners!  Chosen at random by asking my uncle Walter to pick a number, the winners are:  David for the Clarington Forge rubber rake, and Geri for the new book THE ROOTS OF MY OBSESSION.  Thanks for playing, everybody!

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Posted by on October 31, 2012 at 11:28 am   This post has 2 responses.

Pssst! Want a Very Handsome Planter Box?

This snazzy pair of planter boxes arrived on my doorstep for review a couple months ago, just as I was getting ready to build a new garden that called for some planter boxes.  (You can check out the details from the manufacturer here, but if you actually want to...

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Posted by on October 31, 2012 at 4:42 am   This post has 86 responses.

Sisyphus as Orchardist

The Fedco Trees catalog has arrived, and once again I find myself failing to pay any attention to my children and job.  The Fedco catalog is not just informative, it’s entertaining, and so are the hundreds of different fruit trees it offers. I prefer ordering fruit trees from catalogs...

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Posted by on October 30, 2012 at 10:35 am   This post has 12 responses.

Get Your Classic Garden Books Here–in eBook form!

  Hey, guess what?  The classic SQUARE FOOT GARDENING is available as an ebook this month for $2.99.   Each month Amazon lists 100 ebooks priced at $3.99 or less, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised to see some garden books featured there.  This one apparently sells for around $20 normally...

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Posted by on October 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm   This post has 2 responses.

The Rubber Rake & The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name

  Last year, we posted about this fancy rubber rake from Clarington Forge.  Those people make all kinds of amazing, once-in-a-lifetime garden tools, many of them hand-forged by actual British people. But the rake in particular is really something amazing.  You see, it has rubber tines, which means that...

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Posted by on October 17, 2012 at 4:25 am   This post has 78 responses.

Lots of Gardening at the Green Festival

It’s Green Festival time in DC (and for LA and SF) and I stopped by to see what’s going on in the gardening world and was pleased to find more garden-related vendors than usual.  (Though among speakers, not so much.) First, I discovered some local gardening coaches at Love...

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Posted by on October 9, 2012 at 10:05 am   This post has 4 responses.

My climate, my choice

The ample rain two weeks ago was enough to green up the buffalo grass and provide some much needed relief to the perennials here in Kansas.  It also brought some relief to area gardeners, not from the sweltering heat, which continues to stress my garden and its gardener daily, but it...

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Posted by on September 13, 2012 at 10:05 am   This post has 14 responses.

Scotts Miracle-Gro’s Big Fine, and Garden Writers Speaking Up

We reported in January that Scotts Miracle-Gro had entered a guilty plea for knowingly selling bird food they’d poisoned with a pesticide (to prolong its shelf life) and was slapped with a $4.5 million fine.  “Too low!” some critics cried.  Well, turns out it’s $12.5 mil, with more legal...

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Posted by on September 11, 2012 at 8:50 am   This post has 10 responses.

WATCH! Espoma’s brutal takedown of Scotts Miracle-Gro

In just 80 seconds it manages to be bold, provocative, and ballsy, to quote Paul Tukey on the Safe Lawns blog.   He reports that this ad was the talk of Chicago at the recent Independent Garden Center Show there.  I just bet! (And yes, it closely...

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Posted by on September 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm   This post has 19 responses.

The Story Ends Well For Heronswood

Heronswood, the revered botanical garden created in Kingston, Washington by plant collector Dan Hinkley and his partner, architect Robert Jones, as an adjunct to the nursery they founded in 1987, was put up for a sealed bid auction last month by its owner of the last 12 years, W....

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Posted by on July 27, 2012 at 1:29 pm   This post has 15 responses.

It’s Purple! In Which We Test Fabulous Watering Apparatus

Well, we didn’t really test them.  Why?  Because they arrived last fall, after the rain had already started, and by the time we decided we really did have to post a video or do something about them–the rain still had not stopped.  Genevieve Schmidt and I live in a...

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Posted by on June 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm   This post has 114 responses.

My Complete Lack of a Gardening Lifestyle, and How That Means More Free Stuff For You

You may have noticed that GardenRant has been a total swagfest lately, what with all the giveaways of tools and books and other such freebies.  Well, there’s a reason for that:  I’m living in Portland for two months, having temporarily joined the faculty of Portland State University as a...

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Posted by on May 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm   This post has 111 responses.

More Free Stuff From Fiskars

And the Fiskars fun continues.  They have also offered to give you people anUpRoot Weeder, another tool that Gen and I reviewed last year.  If you have a lawn, or some other part of your garden that gets overrun with little annoying weeds, this is the most fun toy ever....

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Posted by on May 2, 2012 at 5:03 am   This post has 89 responses.

What kind of advice are Home Depot’s “Certified Nursery Consultants” giving?

As an unabashed fan of independent garden centers, I enjoy scoffing at their Big Box competitors – the plants, the heavy-on-the-chemicals products, and worst of all, the gardening advice they give to unwitting customers.  But guess what!  According to this announcement, their garden department staff are now getting some training...

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Posted by on May 1, 2012 at 4:14 am   This post has 45 responses.

Fiskars Wants To Give You Stuff, and Who Are We To Stop Them?

Do you remember last year when we reviewed some Fiskars tools and gave a few away?  Remember those PowerGear Loppers?   I wrote about them here, and Gen wrote about them at North Coast Gardening.  Now that I’ve had a pair for a year or so, I can tell you that they...

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Posted by on April 25, 2012 at 5:51 am   This post has 101 responses.

Tell “Hippie Mulch” what you think of it

There’s a new product in the works, and the makers have asked students at the University of St. Thomas  (“one of the most highly renowned business schools in the globe,” they tell me) to research “the best way to get into our consumers minds and figure out what their...

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Posted by on April 24, 2012 at 4:43 am   This post has 52 responses.

Garden Bloggers and Marketers: The State of the Union

Free plants! Which I love! Usually. When, in the course of social media events, it becomes necessary for a group of bloggers to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with a bunch of well-intentioned but sometimes irritating marketing people, and to assume among the powers of the...

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Posted by on April 4, 2012 at 4:07 am   This post has 35 responses.
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