NWF Abandons its Deal with Scotts

Citing the supposedly unexpected guilty plea by Scotts, the National Wildlife Federation has announced that it's severing ties with Scotts. In not mentioning the overwhelming condemnation of the deal by their supporters, NWF leadership has chosen to behave dickishly even in defeat.

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Posted by on January 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm   This post has 14 responses.

Groundcovers that can replace lawns in Landscape Architecture Mag

I've regularly praised Landscape Architecture Magazine, but I'm really loving it this month because of Linda McIntyre's article about alternatives to lawn. She's promoting the Lawn Reform Coalition's new searchable Flickr group for groundcovers that can be used en masse to replace lawn.  (And yes, that's my own lawnless...

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Posted by on January 29, 2012 at 9:29 am   This post has 2 responses.

Beautiful No-Mow Yards – we have a winner!

Our winner, chosen at random, is Kris Peterson in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.   Congrats to her and thanks to all the 157 people who entered to win.  The book will be available in early February but can be ordered now from Timber Press, from any online bookseller or your...

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Posted by on January 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm   This post has 5 responses.

A Pair of Felcos and a Dream

Let's face it, as a gardener, I am mainly a farmer. Yes, I have strong opinions about the aesthetic questions in gardening. No, I do not have a fascinating yard. Too busy planting food and cooking it! Nonetheless, I was really inspired about a decade ago by a photograph...

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Posted by on January 27, 2012 at 3:53 am   This post has 21 responses.

We’re talking Asheville

It’s a big blind date without the pressure. You get to meet the people whose posts you’ve been reading and you get to tour at least 3 days worth of beautiful gardens.  This year’s garden blogger meet-up takes place in beautiful Asheville, NC, May 18-20. It’s organized by—among others—Chris...

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Posted by on January 23, 2012 at 5:00 am   This post has 17 responses.

An Interview With The True Potato Seed Man

For years, I've planted potatoes from seed tubers, which are now getting shockingly expensive. But I paid the money because of the disease-free certification.  I did save my own seed tubers a few times and felt that this was merely an opportunity to pass on disease from one season...

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Posted by on January 20, 2012 at 8:56 am   This post has 5 responses.

From the Dept. of “We Could Have Told You That.”

1.  Worms are good.  Really good. Greenhouse tomatoes grown in a mixture of worm compost and coconut fiber produced more marketable tomatoes than those grown in rockwool.   Well–yeah, who'd want to live in rockwool? 2.  You don't need all that damn potassium fertlizer.  Belgrade's ancient fortress, built of white...

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Posted by on January 11, 2012 at 8:02 am   This post has 6 responses.

My token seed catalog

The reason this is my favorite seed catalog has nothing to do with seeds. While other gardeners are browsing through Thompson & Morgan, Burpee, Johnny’s, Seeds of Change, Fedco, Baker Creek (a catalog so gorgeous I actually gave it as a Christmas present), Jung, and others, I get them,...

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Posted by on January 9, 2012 at 5:00 am   This post has 16 responses.

Meet Master Waterer Lorenzo

One quick quote from Lorenzo:  "I loooove gardening."  Click here for the rest, or here to learn more about the awesome garden he waters.

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Posted by on January 7, 2012 at 5:17 am   This post has 5 responses.

Seed Stars of 2011

Happy New Year! The catalogs are arriving, and it's time to start thinking about the vegetable garden.  While 2010 was a banner year for me, 2011 was problematic for many reasons.  I made a new garden in my city yard.  Too small!  Too many trees casting shade and sucking...

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Posted by on January 6, 2012 at 6:13 am   This post has 12 responses.

Contrasting Community Gardens

A 21-year-old community garden in the heart of Washington, D.C. was recently shut down indefinitely.  The owner of the property, the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, took the wildly unpopular action to clear the 1/4-acre space as a staging area for their upcoming renovation, which is predicted to last 5...

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Posted by on January 5, 2012 at 6:21 am   This post has 15 responses.

More Vegetable Gardens

The New York Times reports that because the U.S. population is so much heavier than it was 50 years ago, the Coast Guard is assuming 25 pounds more per person on average and revising the carrying capacity of boats downward.

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Posted by on January 2, 2012 at 7:48 am   This post has 3 responses.

A Few New Year’s Resolutions

Start dozens of alpine strawberry plants from seed.  Impossible to find in the nurseries near me already started as plants.  Yet for a perennial, incredibly easy to get going in a basement.  Super-useful.  Will grow neatly in sun or semi-shade.  Yields perfumy little berries all summer.  I want these...

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Posted by on December 30, 2011 at 5:57 am   This post has 12 responses.

A phrase that’s growing on me

From the local botanical gardens' new medicinal section; two trends in one, according to 2012 marketing  predictions. End-of-year garden trend talk contains all the usual predictions about which plant colors will be most popular (black and amber), which edibles will leap to the fore (herbs), and what types of...

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Posted by on December 26, 2011 at 7:56 am   This post has 11 responses.

Have Yourself a Boozy Little Christmas

This is another in a series of columns for the North Coast Journal called The Drunken Botanist. Book by the same title coming in 2013.   Several years ago, at a family Christmas gathering in Sacramento, my brother-in-law served the pie and asked if anybody would like a drink...

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Posted by on December 22, 2011 at 4:32 am   This post has 13 responses.

Downsizing and Downscaling in House and Garden

Left: the house I just sold.  Right: the house I just moved into. The latest in the continuing saga of my move to a smaller house and garden is that it's DONE.  My lawnless, complicated garden and cute house sold in three weeks to people who'll love it as...

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Posted by on December 20, 2011 at 7:23 am   This post has 20 responses.

A Sad Day in Chicken Land

Dolley (lower) admiring a photo of herself in Organic Gardening magazine. When you get a flock of chickens, you don't think much about how they're going to die. You're not yet attached to them, so it's unclear exactly how upsetting their deaths will even be.  You're too busy building...

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Posted by on December 14, 2011 at 4:55 am   This post has 39 responses.

Even when it’s already dead—let’s spray!

This is the first time I have seen Wilt Pruf sold as an accompaniment to holiday wreaths and other decorative cut evergreens around here. There was no signage, but I am assuming you’re meant to spray it on them as a preservative. I wonder what the point would be—with...

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Posted by on December 5, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 15 responses.

Are we shopping yet?

Too. Much. Stuff. If they were honest, all of my friends would admit that, like me, they spend a good amount of time moving stuff around—putting it away, giving it away, and reorganizing it. In my mailbox today was a long line of CyberMonday emails urging me to buy...

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Posted by on November 28, 2011 at 5:31 am   This post has 32 responses.

Supercommittees Won’t Feed the Planet

Okay, I am now officially sick of the cowardice and lack of imagination demonstrated by many academic agriculture experts. They purport to address the question of the day: How are we going to feed 7 billion and counting people without destroying the planet?  But they offer no answers, or only...

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Posted by on November 25, 2011 at 5:10 am   This post has 35 responses.
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