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Down with Foreign Fertilizer!?

Like all of you, I haven’t read the Republican platform and won’t read the Democratic one, either, but some journalists DO, and one newspaper helpfully listed what they consider the 10 oddest items in the Republican Platform.  And darned if number 4 isn’t right on topic for us gardeners: End our dependence on foreign… fertilizer? “Our […]

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Posted by on September 4, 2012 at 7:16 am   This post has 26 responses.

Martha Teichner gets Tangled in Weeds on CBS Sunday Morning

UPDATE:  If you missed the show, here’s the story about weeds.  And to answer a commenter asking about a book mentioned, it’s Foraged Flavor by Wong. From CBS, via press release: To some, weeds are the scourge of the earth, killing precious crops along the way. To others, however,...

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Posted by on August 17, 2012 at 10:25 pm   This post has 6 responses.

Lawns in the News, and Flower-Arranging Comes to PBS

TV Show about Lawns in Development We’ve been ranting for years now about the dearth of gardening shows on TV, so imagine my surprise to hear there’s a new show about lawns coming from Country Music Television!  Yeah, I’d never heard of them, either, but I’m told they’re the...

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Posted by on August 14, 2012 at 9:35 am   This post has 6 responses.

“Big Name” Gardening Website Coming Soon

Recently this message went out to the Yahoo group of one of Washington’s tonier neighborhoods, with the title “Beautiful perennial garden in back yard needed for TV Commercial.” Would anyone be interested in having a tv commercial shot in their back yard one day around the third week in...

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Posted by on July 24, 2012 at 7:00 am   This post has 13 responses.

Garden Party

I’ve been blabbing away about Garden Walk Buffalo, which is a free tour of only 380 or so gardens. What I should have mentioned is that is is the centerpiece of a larger, month-long garden festival that offers 1,000 gardens to visitors, including a a weekly Open...

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Posted by on July 23, 2012 at 7:19 am   This post has Comments Off.

Rant on the Road: Iowa City, New Orleans, Corte Madera

All three of these are festivals or conferences of some sort; you either have to register or otherwise make plans to attend.  But anyway, just in case you’re coming, I’ll see you at: July 13 2012 — Iowa City Book Festival, Iowa City, IA Check website for a complete...

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Posted by on July 11, 2012 at 7:00 am   This post has Comments Off.

HGTV as fake as we always thought

Like many of you, I stopped watching garden shows on HGTV when they effectively dropped the “G”.  But during my recent adventure in the buying and selling of houses – one each – I watched their real estate shows like a crazywoman.  Could not get enough of them, as...

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Posted by on June 20, 2012 at 10:49 am   This post has 41 responses.

Garden Rant 1.0 is dead—long live the new Garden Rant

We are shutting down this Typepad blog and unveiling a new WordPress website—probably by Monday a.m.  You won’t see new content here Friday-Sunday, because our IT guy, Steve Ansell, will be completing the switch over the weekend. The new site will feature daily feeds from other gardening-related sites, as...

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Posted by on May 31, 2012 at 8:18 am   This post has 13 responses.

Turfgrass Infomercial at the National Arboretum?

Readers, please help me figure out how to react to this – a federal arboretum promoting lawns and instructing visitors in lawn care. Besides the stated intention of promoting lawn, my other cause for concern is who’s behind this – the National Turfgrass Federation.  That’s the lobby for the turfgrass industry (think...

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Posted by on April 16, 2012 at 5:05 am   This post has 21 responses.

Still More Earthworm Madness!

Andrew Keys continues his podcast series, Garden Confidential, with–guess what?  Earthworms! He and I chatted about all things wormy a while back, and if you just haven't had enough worms already this week, you'd better head over to Fine Gardening's website and check that out.

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Posted by on March 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm   This post has one response.

ProFlowers in the News

Would you believe it – plants are hot news again, and so soon after Michigan trees had their moment in the sun. This time it's the red hot controversy over ProFlowers' sponsorship of Rush Limbaugh's radio show. (If you've been in the Outback for the last week or so,...

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Posted by on March 6, 2012 at 5:03 am   This post has 30 responses.

Rant on the Road: Pennsylvania and Ohio

The North Museum is doing a very cool bug exhibit that includes a bit of wickedness–a traveling art exhibit based on Wicked Bugs, using original etchings from the book. And then I'm on to Ohio.  See you there?   March 1, 2012, 7 PM North Museum of Natural History...

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Posted by on February 29, 2012 at 10:25 am   This post has 2 responses.

Tree Height in the News

Michigan's just-right trees – red maple and butternut It's not every day that plants are playas in presidential politics, so let's pause to enjoy the spotlight shone on  trees by Mitt Romney, who explained his love of Michigan this way – "The trees are the right height" – before...

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Posted by on February 28, 2012 at 7:36 am   This post has 14 responses.

Rant on the Road: Walnut Creek, CA

This'll be my first time at The Gardens at Heather Farm.  Looks like a lovely spot. Do come out and say hello if you're in the neighborhood, and check out their speaker series here. February 23, 2012 7 PM The Gardens at Heather Farm Walnut Creek, CA

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Posted by on February 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm   This post has 2 responses.

You Can Grow That! Blog Campaign Launches

C.L.'s front garden on Cape Cod. by C.L. FornariBloggers need topics to write about and the gardening “industry” could use a boost. I have a proposal to help with both. Every month there will be a “Garden Bloggers Grow That” day. Four words (You Can Grow That!) on the...

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Posted by on February 11, 2012 at 5:37 am   This post has 20 responses.

Rant on the Road: Newport News, VA

I'm off to the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Short Course, one of those horticultural gatherings that ends up being a who's who of botanists, entomologists, garden writers, and industry people.This year, Thursday's programming includes a whole day for home gardeners focused entirely on bugs.  Imagine my excitement. If you're going to...

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Posted by on January 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm   This post has one response.

Scotts Fined for Knowingly Selling Toxic Bird Seed

Wow, Scotts is in the news again, with this announcement of their $4.5 milion fine for selling pesticide-laden bird food, and falsifying their EPA paperwork about it, no less. So, back to the hot topic of Scotts being the National Wildlife Federation's new best friend, here's the NWF's statement...

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Posted by on January 27, 2012 at 11:46 am   This post has 14 responses.

Everyone Furious at National Wildlife Federation!

The yard Scotts wants us to have.  No wildlife allowed. Wow, I've never seen so much spontaneous action by gardenbloggers for an important cause as the sh*itstorm that's erupted over the NWF's decision to take money from/give greenwashing cred to Scotts Miracle-Gro. Others have covered this thoroughly, so I'll...

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Posted by on January 26, 2012 at 6:00 am   This post has 25 responses.

When zoos teach gardening, do they get it right?

On my visit to the National Zoo last October, I discovered something new and previously unimagined – a whole exhibit about wildlife in our backyards.  How to encourage and protect critters.  Good stuff. So, what do you all think of their advice?  Especially this part:  "Don't apply fertilizers, pesticides...

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Posted by on January 17, 2012 at 5:09 am   This post has 23 responses.

Martin Luther King Memorial as Landscape

I recently visited D.C.'s new and long-awaited Martin Luther King Memorial.  In the words of its designers, "the entire MLK Memorial is conceived in a landscape tradition, characteristic of other recent memorials, such as the FDR and the Vietnam Veterans War Memorials. This approach, which utilizes the contouring of...

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Posted by on January 10, 2012 at 4:15 am   This post has 7 responses.
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