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 a consumer-oriented plant-finder, not an online […]

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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.

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.

Trey Pitsenberger, Nurseryman with a Mission

Trey Pitsenberger has been online as The Blogging Nurseryman since 2005 and commenting here on the Rant since we started a year later.  Yeah, he's definitely an early adopter, as he recalls in a recent message to Independent Garden Centers and Nurseries.  He tells the story of having been...

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Posted by on December 27, 2010 at 6:12 am   This post has 9 responses.

Wicked Plants: The Seed Collection

Update:  Head over to the Algonquin Books Blog for another chance to win some seeds! As some of you know, I planted a poison garden while I was working on Wicked Plants.  I'd never grown, much less seen, some of the plants in the book, and it's just too...

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Posted by on December 15, 2010 at 4:07 am   This post has 28 responses.

Bayer/EPA memo: Better living through poison

We’ve all been hearing about a leaked EPA memo that appeared a few days ago, linking colony collapse disorder to Bayer CropScience and the pesticide clothianidin, which the company wants to use on mustard seed and cotton. This pesticide attacks the nervous system of insects; it is used to...

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Posted by on December 14, 2010 at 4:55 am   This post has 15 responses.
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