Gardenblog Round-Up


The folks at Elements in Time have
issued a Growing Challenge to encourage people to grow food and
help them do it. Hey, I’m there.  Click on this cool graphic for all
the dope.

Kathy Jentz’s Third Annual Seed Exchange [pdf] was a big success, with only one tiny complaint from one attendee (but it still bugs her.

And thanks to Kathy for sending me this intriguing rant about environmentalists.  It asks:  "If it’s so easy to see that Greens are often right, why are they so damned annoying? The answer is that they hate people" and goes on to compare and contrast "Dark Greens" and "Bright Greens."  Anybody see that breakdown in the eco-gardening community?   

Our friend Ed Bruske is getting to be a regular in Martha Stewart Living Mag – this time on the subject of rhubarb.  And here’s his post about urban chickens.  He wants ’em bad!

I got some great ideas from Shirley Bovshow’s post about creating garden maintenance manuals for her clients.

Carol at May Dreams Gardens has chosen Michael Pollan’s classic Second Nature as the Garden Blogger’s Book Club selection for February-March.  I hope to have time to do a little rereading and participate because it’s chockful of challenges to conventional wisdom and a meaty discussion will surely follow.

And here’s a cool new gardenblogger thing to do: The Garden Bloggers Geography Project! Fellow map nerds, this is for us.  Jodi at bloomingwriter asks readers to write posts about where they live, then send her the link for her very cool collection.  Great idea.

Later today – even more links to recent gardenblog posts, so check back!


  1. Hey, Susan, thanks very much for the mention of Garden Bloggers Geography Project! I hope all the Ranters will do a post; it’s really really fun to see how many people are participating and where they’re from–so far, from as far north as northern Saskatchewan and Sweden, and as far south as the Australian gardeners.

  2. Thanks for the bumps, Susan – and I’m interested to see people’s reaction to the Green vs. Green article. I can see myself on that continuum and hope I’m more at the less strident and annoying end, but admit it is so easy to slip into holier-than-thou hectoring when dealing with folks who don’t embrace enviro-friendly ways as much as we’d like.

  3. Susan, thank you so much for mentioning the Growing Challenge! Wow! You can’t see it, but I’m jumping with glee – I love what you all are doing, and Sustainable Gardening has been quite an inspiration for me.

  4. Happy to hear the post about my raised bed vegetable garden caught your eye. You know I’m following your progress as you try growing vegetables this year. Michelle is right, once you get the hang of it, “easy-peasy” it is.

    I am psyched, too, to go to Austin and meet the likes of you and Eliz. and everyone else. In just three weeks.

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