GardenRant edition. The complete edition with off-topic sidebar is right here.
In the News
- This is kinda disappointing: A California
study concluded that the energy savings from growing shade trees on the
west and south sides homes can reduce homeowners' summertime electric
bill by about $25 a year. That's it? Details in ScienceDaily.
- More impressive (to me) is this New York Times
report that large parts of the Northern Hemisphere could be cooled by 2
degrees if more sunlight-reflecting crops were planted. Nice to see
people thinking outside the box…coz it's getting hot in that old box.
- From NASA, the best plants for cleaning indoor air.
- Urban Apiculture – can you dig it? It's raising bees, ya know. In apartments.
- HuffingtonPost readers sent in photos of their green roofs – check 'em out.
- And here's a very cool Los Angeles prototype for growing food on roofs.
- There's an excellent new video about a really terrible invasive plant – garlic mustard
– including how to identify and eradicate it. I'm hoping my
neighbors are inspired by it to join me in getting rid of the damn
- Janet's Annuals – Sow 'em Now! reveals some self-sown, easy-but-gorgeous flowering annuals at the Smithsonian garden of Janet Draper.
- Sustainable Gardening in WaPo covers Adrian Higgins' terrific article about the Sustainable Sites Initiative. Definitely worth a read.
- Unraveling the Mysteries of Invasive Worms tries its best – because readers asked and I had to find the answers.
- New contributor Allan Armitage covers the greening of his trial gardens at the University of Georgia in Jumping into Sustainability.
- Pint-Sized Planters Yield Bumper Crops,
by Kathy LaLiberte, is crucial reading for me because I'll be growing
vegetables in these planters on my sunny deck this season. I'm very
- Kathy also covers How to Make Compost Tea, something I have yet to try. Looks like varsity composting to me.
Garlic mustard photo by Chris Evans at the University of Georgia