Online Campaign against Earth Day’s deal with ChemLawn WINS

Did you hear?  TruGreen (formerly and more honestly called ChemLawn) signed on to sponsor Earth Day 2010 and get a nice chunk of good PR (more honestly called greenwashing).  In a blog post, Paul Tukey declared "It’s all sickening, misleading and yet another example of an unfortunate sellout. Can the consumers see through this? Let’s […]

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Posted by on March 28, 2010 at 5:23 am   This post has 3 responses.

Garden Center Blogger Wants You

Since I wrote last week about Lowes's new garden bloggers and those of us blogging for independent garden centers, it's been fun seeing such enthusiasm for the garden-center blogs and everyone rallying to help them succeed. (Aren't we all passionate gardeners pretty much addicted to our local indie garden...

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Posted by on March 16, 2010 at 2:21 pm   This post has 3 responses.

Indie Garden Centers, Start your Blogs!

GardenRant readers don't need to be convinced that blogs are awesome – at least some of them, your favorites – but the big news is that the business world is getting on board the blog-train, too.  Here's a couple of stellar examples of corporate blogs.   What you see...

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Posted by on March 8, 2010 at 4:56 am   This post has 26 responses.

Sustainable and Urban Garden News for February

GardenRant edition. The whole newsletter is right here. Urban Gardening on the Web Outstanding original reporting on school food by Slow Cook Ed Bruske in his Tales from a DC Kitchen.  That led to this interview on the Kojo Show. Urban gardeners – all gardeners – need to know...

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Posted by on February 8, 2010 at 1:44 am   This post has one response.

The Fight for School Gardens and Healthier School Food

Thanks to the whole national push for healthier eating and thinner kids, politicians and regular people are rallying support for school gardens.  Here's what's happening in my neck of the woods. In Montgomery County, MD:  Food Deemed too Dangerous Hard as it is to believe, my county school board's...

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Posted by on December 21, 2009 at 5:30 am   This post has 18 responses.

Sustainable Sites Folks say “Landscapes Give Back!”

Finally, after four years in the  making, the Sustainable Sites Initiative's rating system for design, construction and maintenance of sustainable landscapes was announced this week at the U.S. Botanic Garden in D.C. It's a rating system for any site at all – not just around buildings or throughout residential...

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Posted by on November 9, 2009 at 3:39 am   This post has 10 responses.

Sustainable and Urban Gardening News November ’09

GardenRant edition.  The whole newsletter is right here. Feel free to admire my new front-yard fence!  It's natural cedar and replaces a chain-link fence covered with English ivy (memories of which are fading fast.) Here's the before and after, with a link to waaaay before.  Urban Gardening on the...

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Posted by on November 7, 2009 at 4:19 am   This post has 6 responses.

Sustainable Gardening Newsletter, September ’09

Recently on Sustainable-Gardening.com A new section about Urban Gardening!  Visit and in a comment suggest more good links, great programs, awesome stories about school and community gardens, CSAs, park renovations, farmers' markets, backyard-sharing and container/rooftop/balcony gardening. Renee Shepherd joins the website as its newest contributor.  I asked her:  How...

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Posted by on September 12, 2009 at 4:23 am   This post has 2 responses.

Rant on the Road: Chicago

I'm headed to Chicago this week for the Independent Garden Center show, which turns out to be a really fun way to drool over whatever products indie garden centers are going to be carrying next season, while rubbing elbows with a few other garden writers.  I'm giving a couple...

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Posted by on August 16, 2009 at 10:10 am   This post has 8 responses.

Sustainable Gardening News August ’09

GardenRant edition.  The whole newsletter is available here. In the News Researchers at the USDA think they might have found a fungus that'll solve  the national kudzu problem. It works SO fast that if you spray kudzu in the morning it'll show signs of damage by mid-afternoon. It's called...

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Posted by on August 8, 2009 at 5:34 am   This post has 3 responses.

Happy Garden Walk, Buffalo!

  GardenRant's absolute favorite gardening event is happening in Buffalo this weekend, so it's time for a shout-out and a "Wish I were there!" And by the way, If it isn't the best run gardening event in the whole US of A, it's gotta be right up there.  I...

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Posted by on July 25, 2009 at 4:52 am   This post has 7 responses.

Sustainable Gardening Newsletter July ’09

GardenRant edition.  The whole newsletter is available here. In the News New evidence that ingredients in Roundup are hurting humans.  Read about this big news in Scientific American. Here's news that rooftop farms are taking off in New York City, and that veg gardens are considered desirable amenities for...

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Posted by on July 13, 2009 at 1:42 pm   This post has 8 responses.

How one law can reforest a nation AND lower its divorce rate

On the Indonesian island of Java, which has experienced massive deforestation, a new law requires all newlyweds to plant 10 trees.  But get this: if they later divorce, they have to plant 50 more.   Brilliant!  Here’s the story.    

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Posted by on June 27, 2009 at 6:51 am   This post has 3 responses.

Sustainable Gardening Newsletter June 2009

GardenRant version.  The whole newsletter is available here. In the News  A garden is reborn – and a gardener born – in the New York Times. The popularity of tree-climbing is growing within eco-tourism circles, and according to this article, it’s considered "slow travel".  Well, sure, but not if...

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Posted by on June 18, 2009 at 4:30 am   This post has one response.

Rant on the Road: Northern California

Back in my home territory!  Hope to see you at one of these.  See my website for all upcoming events. Sunday, June 14, 2 pm Book Passage Corte Madera, CA Tuesday, June 16, 7:30 pm Discussion & Booksigning Reader's Books Sonoma, CA Wednesday, June 17, 10-12 Master Gardeners-only Event...

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Posted by on June 12, 2009 at 5:14 am   This post has 3 responses.

Rant on the Road: Pacific Northwest

Portland?  Seattle?  See you there.  Confirm dates & times with the venue before you go.  See my website for all upcoming events. Saturday, June 6 6:30 pm 'Daisy Chain' garden event Location TBA For details, email kbryant at SpiritOne dot com Portland, OR Sunday, June 7 2 pm Discussion...

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Posted by on June 5, 2009 at 5:10 am   This post has 2 responses.

Ranting from Chicago

Actually, we’ve got nothing but raves for the city, the organizers, the other garden bloggers who have gathered here (there are about 50 of us) and what we’ve seen so far: the Chicago Botanic Gardens (above) and the Lurie Garden. Here are Susan, Carol/May Dreams Gardens and Mary Ann/Idaho...

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Posted by on May 30, 2009 at 6:08 am   This post has Comments Off.

Wicked Plants: Meet Them If You Dare.

I feel strongly that botanical gardens are about more than pretty scenery. A botanical garden is a living museum with a story to tell. I met the president of Brooklyn Botanic Garden a couple years ago and he was treated to a rant on this subject from me while...

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Posted by on May 29, 2009 at 11:10 am   This post has 4 responses.

Sustainable Gardening News May 2009

GardenRant edition. Here's the whole issue. In the News A survey of all those "green" products finds that only 2 percent of them are legitimate.  98 percent greenwashing. The Greener Gardens Act would offer homeowners a tax credit up to $1,000 to turn in their gas-guzzling lawn and garden equipment...

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Posted by on May 17, 2009 at 7:54 am   This post has 7 responses.

Raising Chickens –
Bogus Trend of the Week?

This Slate writer thinks so, but you tell us.

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Posted by on May 15, 2009 at 8:14 am   This post has 13 responses.
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