‘WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES,’ public-TV host Joe Lamp’l of “Growing a Greener World” said this week when we chatted on my radio show. Oh, isn’t that the truth. Thankfully the misstep Joe revealed—how he fell prey to “killer compost” that contained persistent herbicides—was offset by a look at the most enviable of vegetable-garden designs. How to build the ultimate raised-bed garden (wait until you see Joe’s new layout!) and how to avoid inadvertently bringing in compost or compost ingredients that can do more harm than good. A hint: Animal manures can be tricky business. [read more…]
types of gardening
From container gardening to shade gardening to organic gardening and even lawncare basics, a range of gardening styles and practices are covered in this archive.
I’M WORKING UP to watching it myself, but I didn’t want to delay a moment in sharing the link with you to the “Growing a Greener World” public-television episode I’m featured on this week. Yes, I still get nervous watching myself on TV, if you can believe it (radio’s more in my comfort zone), but no reason for you to hesitate. Executive Producer and host Joe Lamp’l (above) and his colleague, Director of Photography Carl Pennington, spent two days here in August with me and Jack (who has a walk-on and even earned himself a “field producer” credit, apparently). Watch now (and then be sure to find your local public-television station for future viewing of “Growing a Greener World”). Joe’s behind-the-scenes blog post on his visit is at this link.
I GET ASKED TWO QUESTIONS a lot when people visit my garden: “Where did you get that plant?” and, “Where do you put all those big pots of tender things in winter?” (such as the giant Rex begonia vine, above). The answers to both questions lead back to one old friend in particular, Dennis Schrader, whose wholesale nursery on Long Island is where many of the favorite “investment plants” I try to carry over year to year put down their first roots, and whose expert overwintering advice I got on the latest edition of my radio show. Plus: Win Dennis’s classic book, “Hot Plants for Cool Climates.” [read more…]
MY LAWN GOT HAMMERED by 650 pairs of visiting feet, but I knew who to call. For almost a decade, I’ve turned with lawn-care issues to the work of Paul Tukey, author in 2007 of “The Organic Lawn Care Manual,” and founder of SafeLawns.org, an advocacy and education nonprofit. Paul just relocated from New England to his new post as Chief Sustainability Officer for Glenstone, a museum in Potomac, Maryland, where the vast grounds have been maintained since 2010 without synthetic chemical pesticides or fertilizers–a sort of living classroom for organic landscape stewardship. He answered our pressing questions on my latest public-radio show: controlling crabgrass and other weeds; reversing compaction; overseeding, and does corn gluten meal really work as a weed-and-feed? Read, or listen in. [read more…]