Eliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosch in the NYT

Don’t miss Anne Raver’s terrific article about Eliot coleman and Barbara Damrosch in today’s New York Times.  The story of these Maine homesteaders totally rebuts the silly notion that people in cold climates can’t supporto themselves on their own land.      

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Posted by on February 23, 2012 at 6:17 am   This post has Comments Off on Eliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosch in the NYT.

Experimenting With Free

This is ever so slightly off-topic, but I know that many of you are writers, or landscapers, or small business owners, or self-employed people of some sort.  If you are, you have been asked at some point to give your work away for free.  Maybe you’ve wondered if “free”...

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Posted by on February 22, 2012 at 8:24 am   This post has 15 responses.

The tulips + Eco-Lawn experiment in progress

At the request of my friend Miriam Goldberger, co-founder and owner of Wildflower Farm, I have sown Eco-Lawn grass seed in my forced tulips, which are coming up now. Eco-Lawn is a fescue grass that, according to the WF site, is drought-tolerant, can be left unmown, and grows in...

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Posted by on February 18, 2012 at 9:56 am   This post has 2 responses.

Winners of the Sonia Day books

Congratulations to our winners! Lisa/Chickens on the Lawn gets The Untamed Garden and A. Marina Fournier wins Incredible Edibles. I know I am late posting this. Actually I was in the salon chair when 10 am struck. Beauty first, in the garden and in all things. Or most. I...

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Posted by on February 18, 2012 at 9:10 am   This post has 6 responses.

Oh darn—too late for valentine’s Day

This beef bouquet, as with much of the botanical-related weirdness I find on the interwebs, comes courtesy of Neatorama.com (first sighting) and  hungeree.com (original). Joking aside, these flowers are better value and much more useful (if you’re a carnivore) than the sadly short-lived and near-odorless red roses that were...

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Posted by on February 17, 2012 at 10:58 am   This post has 6 responses.

A garden author who swings both ways

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SATURDAY AT 10 A.M. EST. Remember Sonia Day’s engaging guest post here about heirloom tomatoes, lawns, native plants, and other hot button topics? You should also know that the Toronto-based garden writer has two recent books out that represent the yin and yang of garden...

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Posted by on February 16, 2012 at 7:10 am   This post has 53 responses.

We Have A Winner…

Thanks for the great comments. Gene wins for cheerfully admitting to slaying large trees by over-pruning. I am sure he will make the best possible use of this book–and his neighborhood will soon be pollarded and cloud-pruned into oblivion. Gene, please send your address to mchlowens@yahoo.com, and I'll have...

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Posted by on February 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm   This post has 2 responses.

Go Burpee!

So, my theory is that everybody should grow a little food in the yard: Take a little pressure off the world's limited arable land, cut greenhouse gas emissions, eat better quality food in terms of both nutrients and flavor, and enjoy the miracle.  No big deal on the cost...

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Posted by on February 10, 2012 at 5:43 am   This post has 13 responses.

“Give (Flowers) and Ye Shall Receive”

Among the buzzed-about Superbowl ads this year is this one from Teleflora.  So readers, what do YOU think of promoting flowers because they guarantee sex on Valentine's Night? 

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Posted by on February 9, 2012 at 7:06 am   This post has 17 responses.

What’s the point of a snowdrop when there’s no snow?

For me, snowdrops are simply the first indicators that spring—and a much more interesting display—is on the way, and I think one of the nice things about them is that they often appear as if by magic during a partial thaw. But if I lived in England and belonged...

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Posted by on February 6, 2012 at 4:05 am   This post has 12 responses.

HGTV and Home Depot

xx This report Home Depot has agreed to sponsor the series “Color Splash” on Scripps’ HGTV this season. As part of the deal, a special Valentine’s Day episode of the show will include a scene shot in a Home Depot and will feature the hardware chain’s associates dispensing advice....

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Posted by on February 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm   This post has Comments Off on HGTV and Home Depot.

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.
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