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.

Crafty People: Call for Submissions

  As we have done in years past, we are once again putting out a call for any and all gifty handmade garden-related items that our readers make.   Such as this sweet little hand-carved snail made by California artist Sandra Healy and sold on the wonderful Dirt Couture site,...

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Posted by on November 23, 2011 at 4:57 am   This post has 42 responses.

Bulbs—either you get them or you don’t

If $5, $10, even $25 bulbs have a future, we must be OK. The people who came up with the Dig.Drop.Done. promotional campaign (I posted on this a  couple weeks back) are explaining on the Woodbine agency blog that they avoided showing a lot of flowers. Of course not....

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Posted by on September 26, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 17 responses.

Surveys and their strange results

No wonder everyone loves this plant. Purple is #1. In Greenhouse Management, a gardening trade bulletin I get via email, the September cover story is about who gardening consumers are and what we want. I use the terms “we” advisedly, because with most surveys of this nature I always...

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Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 12 responses.

Please tell me this is a joke

If it isn’t, the ad agency behind this bulb promotion must think women gardeners are gullible to the point of drooling idiocy. Welcome to Dig. Drop. Done. Where women come in 3 sizes: cocktail-swilling sex kitten, cupcake-baking mom, and attention-starved, curler-wearing golf widow. Each of the characters has her...

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Posted by on August 22, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 41 responses.

Speaking of Tomatoes…

I am not a fan of plastic tomato supports, and this proves the point.  I was sent this to try out a few years ago, and I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the company that makes it.  Anyway, I think I did give it...

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Posted by on July 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm   This post has 34 responses.

The garden center industry lost a giant

I'm saddened beyond words to report that Don Riddle, founder of Homestead Gardens and a revered leader of the garden center industry, died this week at the too-young age of 63.  Here's my collection of remembrances about Don on the Homestead blog. (There you'll see references to winning both...

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Posted by on July 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm   This post has 2 responses.

Cheerleading for lilium

These L. Robina (oriental/trumpet) were bred by Arie Peterse for their buds as well as their flowers. For years I have been wondering why more gardeners I knew did not grow lilium. Apparently, I’m not alone. A couple weeks ago, an electronic press packet representing a big lilium promotion...

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Posted by on June 6, 2011 at 3:50 am   This post has 23 responses.

The Article You Will Never Read in a Beauty Magazine

Dear Reader, We, the editors of Beauty, Inc., your monthly guide to beauty, fashion, and the path to a better you, have some surprising news to share in this, our latest and probably last issue.  This is going to blow your mind, so settle into a comfortable chair, take...

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Posted by on June 1, 2011 at 4:01 am   This post has 28 responses.

The experiment

Over the past week, Ball FloraPlant has sent me* 4 big boxes of annuals, most of them brightly colored petunias, osteospermum, verbena, calibrachoa, and other sun-loving container plants. To test, I guess—but both the amount and (to some degree) the type of plants are inappropriate for my small, mostly...

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Posted by on May 23, 2011 at 4:13 am   This post has 15 responses.

A Raised Bed in Twenty Seconds or Less

I am not a builder of raised beds.  Pile up some compost and plant straight into it, that's what I like.  I think straw bales make a perfectly fine raised bed (and leave you with some nice compost at the end of the season for mulch).  When Fine Gardening...

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Posted by on May 18, 2011 at 5:06 am   This post has 52 responses.

A plant search tool I really like—so far

As advertised, it is simple. Just type in a couple key words and filter by categories like hardiness zone, exposure, and soil. What you’ll get is a list of plants, each with its needs and features and a short description, plus the nursery that provided the information. This is...

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Posted by on May 9, 2011 at 4:28 am   This post has 18 responses.

I Am Totally Digging This LED Light (and you can, too!)

In spite of my recent indoor citrus tree disasters, I've been inspired to try again, thanks in part to a lovely book on growing tropical plants indoors–more about that book tomorrow.  But today, I've got a report on a new LED grow light that screws into any light fixture,...

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Posted by on May 4, 2011 at 4:49 am   This post has 41 responses.

More Cool Stuff from the San Francisco Show

Okay, so I'm a bit late posting this, but–here are a few more cool things from the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show: These raised bed brackets are cool-looking, but at $140 for a set of four, they're definitely a luxury and you'd want to be pretty durn sure...

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Posted by on April 20, 2011 at 7:35 am   This post has 3 responses.

Pointlessly attacking dandelions

Join me in analyzing a new marketing campaign that’s been targeting us bloggers heavily, repeatedly,  and whose attention-getting name is Coalition to Stop Dandelions (the URL is literally Stop Dandelions.com.) Demonizing dandelions gets our attention  How about that dandelion-slashing graphic! And the “gulp!” at the very thought of doing...

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Posted by on April 19, 2011 at 4:46 am   This post has 31 responses.

Wicked Bugs–Get Your Signed Copy Here!

Our bookstore is now taking orders for signed copies of Wicked Bugs.  If you’d like one inscribed to that special someone, be sure to let us know that, too.  They just came in, so we’re shipping now!  Details here.

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Posted by on April 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm   This post has one response.

LED Grow Light Goodness Can Be Yours!

Some time ago, I wrote about this LED grow light, made by Sonnylight, and promised that we'd have one to give away.  Well, that's happening–today!  Right now!  — but it's happening over at North Coast Gardening, so you've got to get over there if you're interested in winning one....

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Posted by on April 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm   This post has Comments Off.

Wicked Plants Swag–Oh, and the Exhibit, Too.

I spent last week in San Francisco at the opening of the Wicked Plants exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers. They've been working on this thing for over a year, and although I was very eager to help make it happen, in the end my role was pretty minimal: ...

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Posted by on April 13, 2011 at 4:58 am   This post has 9 responses.

The Garden Show Report

Thanks to everyone who is reporting in from garden shows.  I just got back from the Portland Yard, Garden, and Patio Show, which turns out to be quite a slick show at Portland's big downtown convention center.  Easily accessible by light rail, a large and comfortable space, and pretty...

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Posted by on March 9, 2011 at 5:44 am   This post has 14 responses.

Nobody messes with …

Yes. Thanks to Neatorama, I found out that there is such a thing as a plantable comic book. They contain two seed-infused sheets of paper, with either herbs (The Gardener) and wildflowers (April Showers).  The idea is to make comic books more sustainable, but it’s kind of symbolic because...

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Posted by on March 1, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has one response.
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