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 a deep breath, and read on. […]

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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 on LED Grow Light Goodness Can Be Yours!.

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.

Our Final Fiskars Frenzy

Gen rides off into the sunset with her toys from Fiskars. Okay, this is it:  We have finally worked our way through the last of the tools Fiskars sent us a few weeks ago.  I have to say, this one was the most fun for me, because it's a...

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Posted by on February 23, 2011 at 4:29 am   This post has 35 responses.

Yet Another Fiskars Adventure, Plus Buddleia Abuse

Genevieve Schmidt hates my buddleias.  I hate them too, a little bit. But there's something about those flowers. How can you not love this? I know, I know, I know.  They're weedy, they shed, and they're total thugs.  It's frightening how much they want to grow.  I left a...

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Posted by on February 16, 2011 at 4:01 am   This post has 29 responses.

Fiskars Madness Continues

First–we have a winner for last week's Cuts+More giveaway.  The scissors go to Sally, who writes, I raise dahlias in raised fieldstone beds by a quiet pond in Northeast PA and broke my little Fiskar deadheading scissors last fall. Dinner plate dahlias were too much for them. This spring...

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Posted by on February 9, 2011 at 3:28 am   This post has 33 responses.

Fasten your seatbelts—we’re about to be hit with $6m of bulb marketing

If a freshly hatched marketing plan has anything to do with it, the words “Got bulb?” will soon be on the lips of formerly bulb-apathetic gardeners everywhere. According to an article spotted in garden industry trade mag Garden Center, a group of bulb companies affiliated with Dutch bulb industry...

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Posted by on February 8, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 22 responses.

Fiskars Madness!

Opening a beer with my new scissors. No beer for Ladybird!   Last week, Genevieve Schmidt of North Coast Gardening showed up at my house with a box full of freebies from Fiskars.  We played around with them in my backyard and offered up our opinions in these here...

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Posted by on February 3, 2011 at 4:00 am   This post has 61 responses.

It’s come to this: I’m spying on my plants

  This has been sitting in a box in an upstairs room for about a year and a half.  You know how that happens. I finally took the PlantCam out and set it up (very easy). As some of you know, this device takes pictures at set intervals for...

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Posted by on January 30, 2011 at 7:14 am   This post has 15 responses.

Cold comfort

Seed catalog browsing is all very well, but when the temps have a “minus” in their name, seed catalogs are not enough. In addition to traveling to where flowers are always in bloom and growing bulbs indoors, I have been contemplating the possibilities of locally-grown cut flowers becoming part...

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Posted by on January 25, 2011 at 5:14 am   This post has 15 responses.

Great expectations

A guest rant from Joseph Tychonievich. See more of Joseph's cartoons here. (Joseph was a popular attendee of garden bloggers' Buffa10. Many of us wanted to adopt him.)

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Posted by on December 28, 2010 at 4:35 am   This post has 15 responses.
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