Stock Photo’s ID Error Leads to Wrong Mutants Singing the Blues
May 28, 2016
Crrritic

Stock Photo’s ID Error Leads to Wrong Mutants Singing the Blues

An article published Jan 6, 2014 in The New York Times (‘Mutant Petunias Sing the Blues’) about some exciting new research on the evolution of blue color of some garden petunias was illustrated with this nice photo: This is not a blue petunia, it is a morning glory. Screen shot from NY Times website, Jan 6, 2014, by...

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Support this Lawn-to-Prairie Make-Over
May 27, 2016
Ministry Of Controversy

Support this Lawn-to-Prairie Make-Over

Friend-of-Rant Benjamin Vogt wrote to tell me about his exciting new project on Indiegogo -ripping out his front lawn and replacing it with a wildlife garden that he’ll use to spread the word about how beautiful wildlife and native-plant gardens can be – even in front yards.  He went on to say: I’ll be bringing as many...

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White House Kitchen Garden in Shutdown Mode
May 17, 2016
Tunein

White House Kitchen Garden in Shutdown Mode

On the White House food policy blog Obama Foodorama, this post about the condition of the kitchen garden is making headlines.  Seriously.  Are people surprised that gardens need regular staff time or they’ll go to weed?  Maybe readers are glad to see that even this famous garden turns into a mess so quickly, because only...

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DCGardens.com and a Call for Photos and Videos
May 02, 2016
Tunein

DCGardens.com and a Call for Photos and Videos

Thanks, Rant commenters, for your great suggestions for improving videos of gardens, like the videos I showed you last week of the National Arboretum in April.  I heard you that the photos were whizzing by too fast, and that most of you prefer the techno music over Vivaldi.  Pixelation and other technical points were...

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The Parklet Craze
May 02, 2016
Tunein

The Parklet Craze

Image by San Francisco Planning Department. This year’s international Park(ing) Day falls on September 19, a mere two weeks from now. On that day, individuals, groups, and businesses in cities around the world will commandeer on-street parking spaces and convert them to temporary parklets. These people-friendly spaces might...

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The Sad Tale of the Christmas Tree Tax, or, How Stupid People Ruin Everything for the Rest of Us.
May 01, 2016
Ministry Of Controversy

The Sad Tale of the Christmas Tree Tax, or, How Stupid People Ruin Everything for the Rest of Us.

(A very silly, but nonetheless live, Christmas tree I once had.)   Everything that is wrong with our political process can be found within the sad, miserable story of the Christmas Tree Tax That Never Was. Some of you have already heard this story and don’t wish to re-hash it.  That’s fine; you can go read...

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Protecting Turfgrass from Springsteen Fans is One Huge Job
April 27, 2016
Tunein

Protecting Turfgrass from Springsteen Fans is One Huge Job

Tonight, in celebration of Veterans Day, one huge concert will take place on the National Mall, with headliners like Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna and Eminem. You can watch live it on HBO if you’re a cable subscriber, whether or not you pay extra for HBO. Or if you live nearby you can be one of the 800,000 expected to attend,...

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Dear Scotts:  Just Try, One Time, Not to be So Shitty.
April 22, 2016
Ministry Of Controversy

Dear Scotts: Just Try, One Time, Not to be So Shitty.

Trademark image from Shutterstock Does anyone remember when we posted about the “You Can Grow That!” campaign started by garden writer C.L. Fornari? Her perfectly nice, well-intentioned idea was to start a social media campaign to encourage non-gardeners to garden, or to encourage all of us to grow new or different plants,...

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Waterwise in New Mexico
April 04, 2016
Ministry Of Controversy

Waterwise in New Mexico

Today’s Guest Rant by Hunter Ten Broeck, founder of the design firm WaterWise Landscapes based in Albuquerque, highlights an upcoming conference that has changed landscaping and water use patterns in New Mexico while building community. You’ll also get a peek at some regional waterwise gardens. It may surprise you just how...

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Home-Canned Tomatoes: A Tantalizing Taste of Nature in Winter
March 30, 2016
Feedme

Home-Canned Tomatoes: A Tantalizing Taste of Nature in Winter

Yellow pear and Black Krim varieties grew well in my garden last year. Both were delicious eaten fresh and also contributed their flavors to this winter’s stewed tomatoes. You may remember I’m an ultra-beginner at canning. Luckily, I am learning from my sister, who has spent years learning from others and experimenting to...

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