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 writing in many ways. Her latest, […]

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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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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.

Books we’re Reviewing

 Books we have or want to have, and will review.  Alphabetically by title.   Baker Creek vegetable book? Michele  

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Posted by on January 1, 2012 at 10:53 am   This post has Comments Off.

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.
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