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Update on Bats

Update on Bats
Make these mosquito-eating fliers welcome in your garden. Bats taking flight from the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas, home to the largest bat colony in the U.S. Silverwing, one of the books my kids and I read when they were in middle school, made a lasting impression on us. The hero of the story is a young silver-haired bat na [...]

Harvest for the Hungry

Harvest for the Hungry
A great way for a company to share with the community: Collect fresh, wholesome, locally grown vegetables for the local food shelf. Mark, a Gardener’s Supply employee, holds freshly picked vegetables from his community garden plot that he delivers each week to the local food shelf. When Pat arrives at the community food shelf [...]

Woodchuck Woes

Woodchuck Woes
To make sure your garden is protected from groundhogs, get a fence. The Animal We live in the city, but we still have plenty of wildlife. For many years, our big problem was woodchucks—also known as groundhogs. They’d come into the garden and chew prized perennials right to the ground. These herbivores preferred phlox, echinac [...]

Stealth Gardeners

Stealth Gardeners
Under the cover of night, gardeners in L.A. and London are taking to the streets, turning traffic medians and empty lots into lush gardens. This is me (a couple years ago) making a surprise delivery of plants to a local business. Several years ago we ran a program here in Burlington, Vt., which we dubbed “Random Acts of Gardening”. O [...]

Dogs in the Garden

These are the four paws that "protect" my garden.
A letter to the editor warns dog owners to cover their compost piles so their pets can’t eat what’s inside. These are the four paws that “protect” my garden. I’m in the office today, but I’ll bet my dog is in the vegetable garden right now. And I doubt she’s staying on the paths. Unlike the family dog [...]

Spinosad: a New Option for Control of Lily Leaf Beetles

Spinosad: a New Option for Control of Lily Leaf Beetles
Products with spinosad offer one more control option for lily leaf beetles. Flower gardeners are a peaceful lot—at least until someone comes between them and their favorite blooms. Then, they get mean. At least some of us do. It was about three years ago that I first heard whisperings in the halls at Gardener’s Supply of a new [...]

Tomato Cages and Ladders Face Off

tomato cage and tomato ladder
Cindy and Kathy at the photo shoot. Like many good ideas, it all began with a casual hallway conversation. Back in the office after a sunny May weekend, Cindy and I were talking about which gardening chores we’d managed to cross off our lists. We had both planted our tomatoes that weekend, but she had put up tomato ladders and I had put [...]

Think Before You Eat

Think Before You Eat
Michael Pollan Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. When I read those words last year, written by Michael Pollan, all of my questions about what to eat were answered. Simple, clear and direct. As we struggle to eat right—whether it’s for personal health or global sustainability—we are presented with many labels: low-fat, orga [...]
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