Versailles, the fanciest garden of them all. Image from Wikimedia commons

Gardening Under The Affluence

  I’m getting a little uncomfortable with something, and I’d like the Ranting World to let me know if I’m on point or totally off the mark. As I look through magazines and design blogs, I see fancy gardens everywhere. Industries are colluding to make us desire an outdoor lifestyle that is better than the […]

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Posted by on July 29, 2014 at 9:38 pm   This post has 112 responses.

The Kindness of Strangers or Tend To Your Own Garden, Interloper!

  Gardening in public can be so interesting. I have grown most of my food in my hellstrip for about 5 – 6 years now, since my backyard is the domain of an Evil Gopher Warrior King and my front yard has grown too shady for most edibles to...

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Posted by on June 25, 2014 at 10:26 am   This post has 75 responses.

Hellstrip Gardening Highlights and Give-away

How could I NOT love Hellstrip Gardening?  The subject is fun and inspiring, and I’m a long-time fan of the author, too – the Rant’s own Evelyn Hadden  (whose earlier book about Beautiful No-Mow Lawns I reviewed here.) But this isn’t a “review.”  (They’re usually so boring!)  Instead, I...

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Posted by on April 25, 2014 at 9:09 am   This post has 94 responses.

Slow and local in winter: I grow them myself

Yes, I’ve seen all the winter bouquets that people are creating with seedpods, evergreen foliage, berries, rose hips, pinecones, interesting twigs and so on. Indeed, one of our good friends, Debra Prinzing, is the queen of this movement. The winter arrangements that she and others create are beautiful, and...

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Posted by on January 13, 2014 at 8:00 am   This post has 6 responses.

Really Good News is Everywhere

In case you missed it: Cornell is breeding better broccoli, which is to say that it will be higher in nutrients and will grow in a wider range of climates.  Apparently y’all don’t get very good broccoli on the East Coast–is this true?  I had no idea.  The things...

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Posted by on July 10, 2013 at 6:37 am   This post has 2 responses.

Here’s someone who hasn’t lost his edge

Did you see the Renegade Gardener’s 2012 High Spot/Black Spot awards? I don’t always catch these, but Renegade Gardener Don Engebretson (award-winning Minnesota garden writer and designer) is recently a Facebook friend and that made it easier. There was much to love in this year’s batch of awards, but...

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Posted by on January 7, 2013 at 8:00 am   This post has 11 responses.

Get a Job: Jeff Gillman, Garden Professor

  Next up in our ongoing “Get a Job” series:  Jeff Gillman, horticulture professor and author.   What do you do for a living? I’m an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota.   How’d you get started in this job, or what...

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Posted by on December 19, 2012 at 4:47 am   This post has 3 responses.

Have Yourself a Handmade Little Christmas

Thanks to all of you who submitted ideas for our annual handmade holiday gift roundup, in which we celebrate the botanical-themed, garden-ish, homemade and handmade items that you, too, could buy for the gardeners on your list.  It’s always a good idea to celebrate the work of artisans, craftspersons,...

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Posted by on December 12, 2012 at 4:59 am   This post has 6 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.

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.

Potted dog, anyone?

Photo credit.   Via Cute Overload.

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Posted by on September 6, 2012 at 10:11 am   This post has 14 responses.

Dear Scotts: Just Try, One Time, Not to be So Shitty.

Trademark image from Shutterstock Does anyone remember when we posted about the “You Can Grow That!” campaign started by garden writer C.L. Fornari? Her perfectly nice, well-intentioned idea was to start a social media campaign to encourage non-gardeners to garden, or to encourage all of us to grow new...

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Posted by on September 5, 2012 at 4:36 am   This post has 47 responses.

A Theme of Complaint

“Every man may be observed to have …some peculiar theme of complaint on which he dwells in his moments of dejection.” Samuel Johnson I was having a delightful phone conversation with my old boss last week.  He always makes me laugh and gives the best advice of anybody.  We...

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Posted by on July 20, 2012 at 12:39 pm   This post has 11 responses.

Plantagon!

UPDATE: See comments for a response from Plantagon Community Director Thomas Selig. Drumroll, please. I present to you the latest development in urban agriculture: a futuristic vertical greenhouse that—making use of integrated solutions for energy, excess heat, waste, CO2 and water—will be the latest methodology for providing fresh food...

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Posted by on June 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm   This post has 20 responses.

Livin’ the dream on my Buffalo junket

When a New York City-based P.R. firm sent me an invite to go on an all-expenses-paid trip to Buffalo to explore that city’s “passionate garden culture,” I must admit I had some hesitation.  These trips are fun, but the fact that they’re underwritten makes them an ethical problem. It...

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Posted by on June 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm   This post has 19 responses.

Triolife Planter–We Have a Winner!

The winner of the Triolife planter, chosen at random, was Nell Jean atSeedscatterer.  Congrats, and thanks as always for playing along, everybody!

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Posted by on May 23, 2012 at 7:31 am   This post has one response.

Dear Pennington,

Thanks so much for having your publicist suggest that we partner with you to help promote Pennington Smart 1 Feed. He was smart enough to notice that our blog has “gone mostly grassless” and we probably wouldn’t be the likeliest people to trumpet your lawn seed.  So he probably...

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Posted by on May 18, 2012 at 5:13 am   This post has 32 responses.

A Seed-Based Romance

LOVE this wedding storyin today’s New York Times!  The bride, Dr. Amy Goldman, is chairwoman of the Seed Savers Exchange and the groom, Dr. Cary Fowler is head of theGlobal Crop Diversity Trust, which helps run the famous Svalbard Global Seed Vauilt in arctic Norway.  The couple is seen here at the vault....

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Posted by on May 13, 2012 at 10:49 am   This post has 3 responses.

Will We Miss the Grass?

As all our Rant regulars know, my partner Susan Harris is a big, big champion of going lawn free. I visited her old garden in Takoma Park, which managed to be restful and beautiful without a carpet of grass, and the photos of her new garden suggest that she won’t be...

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Posted by on May 11, 2012 at 5:22 am   This post has 19 responses.

Fiskars UpRoot Weeder Winner

Our winner from last week’s Fiskars giveaway is Gerry, who is replacing lawn with vegetable garden.  Well done!  Thanks for playing, everybody.

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Posted by on May 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm   This post has Comments Off.
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