Sustainable Gardening News August ’09


GardenRant edition.  The whole newsletter is available here.

In the News


  • Researchers at the USDA think they might have found a
    fungus that'll solve  the national kudzu problem. It works SO fast that if you spray kudzu in the
    morning it'll show signs of damage by mid-afternoon. It's called
    Myrothecium and here's more on the story.
  • Window
    boxes are the new allotment gardens
    , says the National
    Trust in the UK.
  • SPIN farming to transform
    cities?  Suddenly I'm seeing it everywh

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Green the Grounds Update

  • Terrific news out of Frankfort, KY.  First Lady Jane Bashear started
    a veg Kentucky garden recently and in reading the news about it I discovered her plans
    for greening the mansion – starting with grounds keeping.  "Today, using
    fuel-efficient equipment, water conservation, native plants, fewer chemicals,
    and soil nutrients.  Future – organic solutions and plantings to reduce the
    mansion's footprint."   Well alrighty, let's find out
  • Great coverage of a great governor's garden in Harrisburg in the Pittsburgh
    and the Philadelphia
    thanks to reporter
    Mackenzie Carpenter.
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Susan Harris

Susan’s a garden writer, teacher and activist in the Washington, D.C. area. Co-founder of GardenRant, she also wrote for national gardening magazines and independent garden centers before retiring in 2014. Now she has time for these projects:

  • Founding and now managing the pro-science educational nonprofit GOOD GARDENING VIDEOS that finds and promotes the best videos on YouTube for teaching people to garden.
  • Creating and managing DC GARDENS, the nonprofit campaign to promote the public gardens of the Washington, D.C. area, and gardening by locals.
  • Creating and editing the community website GREENBELT ONLINE to serve her adopted hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland (a “New Deal Utopia” founded in 1937).
  • Also in Greenbelt, MD, writing the e-newsletter and serving on the Board of Directors for the cooperatively-owned music and arts venue and restaurant called the NEW DEAL CAFE.

Contact Susan via email or by leaving a comment here.

Photo by Stephen Brown.


  1. Planted doublefile viburnum in the wrong place. It might look better in the swamps than on my thirsy ground.

  2. That was a fun little synopsis of what’s going on. I learned what SPIN stands for, and that I can compost latex. That’s a new one for me.

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