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 weak and partial answers. Here is […]

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

What I’m Grateful For

This week, Susan took a look at what gardeners around the web are thankful for and was personally thankful for the end of "women's page" journalism, which was where the gardening articles used to reside.  But this mood has not entirely vanished from the gardening world.  I once had...

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Posted by on November 24, 2011 at 4:34 am   This post has 9 responses.

So you didn’t win—how about 15% off?

The generous publisher of Wilder Quarterly has a new offer for readers of Garden Rant. Just enter this code: WQGR11, when a discount code is asked for (toward the end of the online subscription process). This entitles a reader to 15% off a full year subscription. The code will be...

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Posted by on November 21, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 5 responses.

Wilder Quarterly winners announced!

Thanks so much for playing, everyone. The comments were truly enlightening for me, even given that you had to say something in order to win. If these comments are any indication, about 99.9% of you want to continue reading print, with digital as a supplement. About 90% of you...

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Posted by on November 20, 2011 at 7:09 am   This post has 9 responses.

A classy gardening quarterly—and we’re giving it away!

Further evidence of the enduring power of print  arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago—a review copy of Wilder Quarterly. This is the type of gardening publication we just don’t do in the U.S. It’s more like an independent literary periodical than the gardening magazines we’re used to....

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Posted by on November 18, 2011 at 5:46 am   This post has 138 responses.

An Evangelical Speaks

The perfect, rousing accompaniment for a cup of coffee this morning, a TED talk by Roger Doiron.  Doiron is the founder of Kitchen Gardeners International and a big force behind the White House vegetable garden, here doing his damnedest to make us all gardeners.

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Posted by on November 11, 2011 at 4:50 am   This post has 10 responses.

The Carbon Thief

When I was 23 and living in New York City, I had a new boyfriend who loved upstate New York, the well-preserved old towns where nothing of significance had happened in the last hundred years, the poverty, the natural beauty. We would head out of the city in his...

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Posted by on November 11, 2011 at 4:25 am   This post has 20 responses.

A Tomato Grows in Brooklyn

Nice story, great video. Via BoingBoing.    

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Posted by on November 9, 2011 at 3:52 am   This post has 6 responses.

Rant on the Road

I'll be speaking at Cornell Plantations in Ithaca, NY on Wednesday night, covering the cultural stuff: Why America is not a gardening culture, why it should become one now. Hope to see you there!

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Can We Double Our Eggplant and Basil Output?

Last week, I went to hear a lecture considering how we can double agricultural output worldwide in the coming decades to keep up with population growth.  Professor Wilhem Gruissem's answer was, in a nutshell, GMOs. This week, a piece in Nature, "Solutions for a cultivated planet" by Jonathan A....

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Posted by on October 28, 2011 at 5:02 am   This post has 13 responses.

See You in Florida!

Today is the last day of what has been a rather lengthy book tour.  After three weeks on the road, I'll just be glad to wear something other than what's in my suitcase! I love, love, love this bookstore.  And I have very fond memories of some amazing Cuban...

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Posted by on October 26, 2011 at 5:34 am   This post has Comments Off.

Is the GMO Fight Over?

This week, I went to hear a science lecture at Skidmore College, "Can We Still Feed the World in 2050?" by Professor Wilhelm Gruissem of ETH in Zurich.  As a serious vegetable gardener, I am, of course, monumentally interested in this question. The answer, according to Professors Gruissem is yes,...

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Posted by on October 21, 2011 at 6:57 am   This post has 23 responses.

Rant on the Road: DC, Boston, Georgia, Florida

The book tour madness continues. There better be a very nice mojito waiting for me in Coral Gables, that's all I'm sayin'.   Wednesday, October 19, 2011 12:00 noon United States Botanic Garden Washington, DC Wednesday, October 19, 2011 6:30 PM Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens Washington, DC Thursday,...

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Posted by on October 19, 2011 at 5:22 am   This post has 2 responses.

Rant on the Road: New Mexico, Texas, DC, MD

As you read this, I am probably sitting in an airport somewhere.  Or maybe I'm here:   Wednesday, October 12, 2011  7 PM Bookworks Albuquerque, NM Thursday, October 13, 2011  7 PM Book People Austin, TX Friday, October 14, 2011 11:30 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Austin, TX Saturday,...

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Posted by on October 12, 2011 at 11:19 am   This post has 6 responses.

Trust Me, My Hair and Nails Don’t Look Any Better

Why is your garden such a mess?  You call yourself a garden writer? The above questions are on everyone’s lips, including professional photographers trying to shoot my garden for magazines the mail carrier who can’t stick mail in my basket without being velcroed by a ’Russelliana’ cane my neighbors, who oscillate between horror and pity...

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Posted by on October 7, 2011 at 5:39 am   This post has 36 responses.

Rant on the Road: California

A three-week book tour that starts in California in early October and ends up in late October in Boston?  Sure, I can pack for that.  Here I go.  If you don't hear much from me in October, it's because I'm doing this: Thursday, October 6, 2011 7 pm Conservatory...

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Posted by on October 5, 2011 at 2:15 pm   This post has 4 responses.

Grow Vegetables, Give Your Genes A Makeover?

 You are what you eat.  Everybody who loves good food understands this instinctively.  But now, a piece in New Scientist by Ferris Jabr offers some proof. It turns out that we don't entirely break down our food.  A study by Chen-Yu Zhang of Nanjing University found microRNA from plants...

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Posted by on September 30, 2011 at 4:08 am   This post has 7 responses.

Books To Pickle By

In my part of the world, harvest season is now in full swing, and it’s demanding.  Just picking and washing and storing nature’s bounty takes time, and the vegetables from my garden are so good and various that ambitious cooking is required just to live up to them.  Adding...

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Posted by on September 29, 2011 at 5:20 am   This post has 13 responses.

Get Your Giant Pumpkin Video Right Here.

Miraculous? Horrifying? An average day in your backyard?  via Gawker.

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Posted by on September 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm   This post has 3 responses.

Sleep, Creep, Leap: We Have a Winner!

Actually, make that two winners, because Benjamin was nice enough to give away two copies of his new book.  One goes to James Roush at Kansas Garden Musings, and another to Jenn at Ghostwater Garden. Thanks for your comments, everybody!

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Posted by on September 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm   This post has one response.
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