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Killer GARDENS

  my industrious new friends are working hard to make this world a little greener!   I have a few thousand new pets. A couple of weeks ago, two lovely girls dressed ...

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Bringing the green—or not so much?

Trees courtesy of shutterstock You might not know we reelected a president last week from reading this site. We try to stick to gardening politics. But presidents do have an effect on ...

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Totally Silly?

Like most of humanity, I am a largely inexplicable and highly individual mixture of profligacy and frugality.  I think I should only wear the nicest Italian shoes, which are no longer affordable for ...

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Gas and land

East Pond, at Gateway National Refuge Area. Photo courtesy of NPS. U.S. athletes triumphed during the recent Olympiad—loved watching it! I wish I could say the same about our triumphant leadership in ...

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Winter Soundscapes

Mullein is one of my favorite plants to grow because it attracts seed-eating birds, including chickadees and downy woodpeckers, in winter. It also makes dramatic natural sculptures. Winter offers less visual stimulation. ...

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Hire some goats and give up the Toro

Google's been in the news lately for having hired 200 goats to "mow" the grounds around their California headquarters.  But I'll go parochial here and brag on the mowing goats of Maryland: ...

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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 ...

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The secret light of plants

Welcome to the groovy world of glow-in-the-dark plants. They’re not much more than a novelty now, but a company called Bioglow has been developing plants that produce their own ambient light since ...

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A welcome ban

Drilling image courtesy of Shutterstock Large-scale environmental issues are not always considered appropriate subject matter in the garden blogging world, but I’ve never been able to see the reason.  Going from discussing ...

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