August 2008, GardenRant Edition. The whole thing, with sidebar, is archived right here.
In the News
Kudos to the Missouri Botanical Garden for their award-winning plastic pot recycling program [pdf]. Started in 1997, the program has kept 300 tons of hort waste out of
Treehugger reports some good news about
switchgrass – that it improves the soil and is looks promising as a nonfood
biofuel. Speaking of fuel, can kudzu
be turned into ethanol? How about giant miscanthus?
It’s proving to yield more biofuel per acre than corn.
- In more plant news, rubber is being produced from dandelions,
which may turn out to be THE low-cost alternative to trees.
- While there’s still no definitive explanation for the Colony Collapse
Disorder of honeybees, bumblebees aren’t doing much better, reports Adrian
- Troubled by deer in your garden? Hey, it could be bears
– the kind that attacks gardene
On the Blogs
- SOME gardenbloggers are willing to go off-topic long enough to promote a candidate
for office – like Craig at Ellis Hollow and Amanda at Kiss my Aster. Others of us are keeping our political preferences a big secret.
New on Sustainable-Gardening
Exciting news: contributors! Like who?
- Rainyside Garden’ Debra Teachout-Teashon wrote "My
gardening practices aren’t so out there after all!" about her life-long affinity for organic gardening.
- Garden Lady C.L. Fornari wrote about her favorite "Carefree
Perennials" for sustainable gardeners.
- Florida’s Ginny Stibolt urges readers to "Just say no
- And back to me, I try to cover the lawn basics for early fall: "How to start a new
lawn," "How to overseed
a crappy lawn" and "How to patch bare
spots." And thanks to Jeff Ball for
all his help!
- Poison Ivy
Update is all the latest advice, including comments from GardenRant
- Weeds and
Weeding is an overview of our Job One this time of year. Then in The Weeds in My
Garden I get up close and personal, with photos.
My So-called Second Career
Sustainable-Gardening.com has its first sponsors! They’re in the sidebar
on every page and on the About Sponsors and
Partners page. Thanks and welcome!
My new articles on