2013 Garden Trends Prediction

January 27, 2013 13 comments
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While most trend reports depict their trends as being the next new thing, really most trends come from ideas that have been around for a while, and have just been gathering steam. There’s very little that’s new in the world, especially in something as connected to natural rhythms as gardening, but everyone brings their own […]

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Best and Worst of 2012: Trends, Colors, Books, Tools, and the Most Popular Articles

January 7, 2013 14 comments
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2012 was a great year for gardening in many ways – the sustainability movement made for some beautiful, fresh ideas (like the insect habitat art introduced by Flora Grubb) and the continuation of the less-lawn movement gave designers an excuse to go bold with the front yard, skipping the usual lawn-with-foundation-plantings in favor of water […]

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Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?: The Book

December 8, 2012 46 comments
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 “Let’s face it: the garden is a popularity contest. High school is a metaphor for life, and gardening is no exception. Step into our gardens and we find the prom queen and the star quarterback, the cheerleader and the rebel who cut class. Popular plants rule today’s landscapes the same way popular kids rule the […]

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How to Make Your Own Christmas Wreath

December 6, 2012 47 comments
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Now that Thanksgiving is properly over, we can start thinking about Christmas without everybody groaning. This is especially good news to me, since I love whistling Christmas carols year-round. Finally! The one month of the year I can whistle my rousing rendition of Jingle Bells without causing raised eyebrows. There is so much that I […]

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$5 Magazine Deals Through December 3rd

November 29, 2012 1 comment
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While I do most of my reading online, I still have a weakness for actual print magazines. My favorites are Fine Gardening and Urban Farm, though I read a wide selection of gardening rags just to keep up with the latest and greatest. Though my two top faves never ever seem to go on sale […]

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Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? Alternatives to Overused Plants

November 26, 2012 15 comments
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One of the neatest things about being a plant geek is that it’s possible to find inspiration anywhere you go. In theory, at least. In reality, there’s a short list of plants in each region that are used over and over again until they become boring and dull, and these plants populate our landscapes in […]

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Cool Fall Reads: New Books, Old Faves, And Some Great Deals

November 12, 2012 1 comment
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The chilly air, fall wind, and damp everything have harshed my gardening mellow over the last few weeks. Luckily, the downturn in weather has coincided with a rush of new books and some great deals on old favorites, so I can enjoy a connection with the outdoors without actually having to, you know, go outside. […]

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The Bottomless Planter Box from Outerior Decor

October 31, 2012 82 comments
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I’ve been lucky enough over the previous months to get an inside peek into the making of Amy Stewart’s cocktail garden to celebrate her new Drunken Botanist book, and have gotten to look at a number of clever products and construction techniques along the way. One of those clever products is the Outerior Décor series […]

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Late-Breaking Halloween News: Defeating Zombies with Garlic and Soap (Not Garlic Soap)

October 31, 2012
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The zombie scourge has been ignored by the media for far too long. Why, I can’t say. The zombie apocalypse has all the makings of a perfect news story – guts, gore, and slavering undead. What more do readers want? So I’m delighted to hear that the trend-sniffing reporters over at HGTV are spreading the […]

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Garrett Wade Professional Gardener’s Digging Tool

October 25, 2012 99 comments
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I’ve written a lot in the past about soil knives, because, well, they’re awesome. If you’re still gardening with a trowel or a dandelion fork, for goodness’ sake stop reading this post right now and go buy a soil knife. (Oh, wait – don’t stop reading yet, this is actually kind of relevant.) Soil knives […]

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