The February issue is out, and here are some items that are new to GardentRant.
ON THE BLOGS
- Jane Berger’s review of Native Ferns, Moss and Grasses by
William Cullina makes me lust for both the book and the plants.
Included are some frightening projections of changing cold-hardiness zones.
- Kathy Purdy reviews a great-looking book called Fallscaping by Nan Ondra and Stephanie Cohen.
- Pat, the Commonweeder, reviews Weeds of the Northeast.
- Our Commonweeder friend also reports having great success with the unintimidating rosa Rugosa.
- Pam Penick shows us what a green roof looks like in Texas.
- Here’s my rant against Arbor Day and Earth Day being in the spring. People, fall is for planting.
- My "Standard Disclaimer about Lawn Removal" defends the honor of turfgrass – when it’s grown organically.
IN THE NEWS
- This weekend – Feb 15-18 – is the Great Backyard Bird Count, brought to us by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
- These 10 Rules of Eco-Gardening
are great, including the very English "Thou shalt leave a messy bit." Both
the language AND the content are distinctly different from similar
advice in the U.S.
- Pesticides are STILL on our apples, according to this in the Seattle PI.
- There’s a report on California’s Sustainable Agriculture Conferfence on Grist. From the same source, check out "Buzz Kill," a beekeeper’s take on Colony Collapse Disorder.
- Leafblowers – not a climate problem? is certainly a provocative question, also on Grist.
- The European Union may ban all outdoor patio heaters, because of complaints about their inefficiency. And remember open fires are big polluters, so IS there a good alternative?
Here’s the whole newsletter. As always, the sidebar is blatantly off-topic.