This month’s edition has been delivered and I’ve parked it right here for safekeeping. These are some highlights:
IN THE NEWS
-The Seattle Times
reports on what’s HOT in 2008 and it’s all green – organic
low-maintenance plants, rain barrels – everything that’s here on the
site! And OUT are big lawns and hiring contractors to do everything
for you, though to that last item I say "Oh, really?".
– Then the San Diego Union-Tribune weighs
in with their hot trends for the new
year and guess what leads the list
– sustainable gardening! (I’m not making this up.)
– Now the bad news – the HeraldTribune
says that gardening (as in digging in actual dirt) is down as a
national trend, though upgrading the garden as a living area is a hot
trend. You know, t
ON THE BLOGS
Stuart’s "21 Skills Every Gardener Should Have" is chockful of intriguing ideas about what’s essential to know about gardening, and great links for each item. And what I found shockful was how many of them I haven’t exactly mastered yet.
NEW ON THE SITE
-From the archives of Slate, the most excellent stories by Constance Casey: This meaty guide to beginning gardening has been added to the Getting Started section, How to Water has been added to the Water/NoWater section, and I this one’s been added, too: How to not be intimidated by roses.
ON THE HOMEFRONT – THE TURFGRASS REPLACEMENT SAGA CONTINUES
– Will this groundcover work? is about trialing creeping sedum as a replacement for turfgrass. It’s like reality TV, only for plants.
-Where there once was lawn – a new fieldstone path is another installment in the transformation story, with a short rant about stoneyards.
-In Are we SURE we hate turfgrass? I admire my neighbor’s beautiful garden and have doubts.