|May 5, 2007 20:55 - WNGD and Speed
Just in case you had forgotten, or perhaps you never knew, May 5 is World Naked Gardening Day. I picked up this story from PJ Bremier writing in the Marin Independant Journal where you will find the link to the WNGD website. Apparently this is the third year that this day has been observed. And if you're not quite sure what to do, here are some instructions from their site: "First of all find an opportunity to get naked and do some gardening. Just get naked and make your part of the botanical world a healthier and more attractive place. Secondly, tell someone about your experience." Read more..
I thought that gardening was supposed to be a leisurely pursuit but according to Jeff Abt it is all about speed. Speed dialing, speed dating and now speed gardening. In fact what he's really talking about are annuals which have to be speedy to fit in their lifecycle from seed to flower within the one season. If periwinkles, verbenas and zinnias appeal, then read his column for suggested varieties. Read more..
And just to remind you that Dutch Gardens are in the middle of their Spring Clearance Sale where you can save up to 67% on all bulbs and perennials. Fantasy Monarda has the top billing, but Pink Sunburst Canna, Barbara Streisand Rose and Dinner Plate Dahlias are not far behind. Click the banner to bag a bargain.
May 10, 2007 11:13 - Koi Carp, Giant Tropical Ferns And Straw Bales
How can you have Koi carp, goldfish, and a collection of giant tropical ferns without a garden? Furn Li who lives in Singapore has the answer. Use your balcony. "We needed something natural, like plants and fish, to add some life. It's a far-fetched idea for us to own a landed property, but, anyway, we have a nice garden here." With more stories like this from Hong Kong and Beijing this article explores some interesting ideas about lost roots and global warming.
You don't usually associate tomatoes with straw bales, but this is what Candy Parks did last summer and harvested tomatoes into September. In fact using straw bales as a growing medium is not a new idea and Candy admits that she found the information in "Mother Earth News". Described as a "lazy gardener’s delight" the system is easy to set up and requires no weeding. Best of all it produced tall healthy plants with lots of plump, red tomatoes. Read more..
What do you do with your containers when the spring flowering bulbs have finished blooming? You've cleared out the grape hyancinths and tulips, but it's not yet time to plant out the begonias and petunias. Here's someone who has the answer.
May 20, 2007 23:32 - Gardening Gadgets, Wacker Chaps And Cosmic Energy
If you're anything like me, you always keep your eyes open for any new gardening gadgets that appear on the scene. Perhaps we are not as bad as fishermen who are suckers for every new lure as soon as it hits the shops, but gardeners run them a close second when it comes to shiny new gadgets. If you're now ready for an exciting new gadget, I'm afraid you will be disappointed. In this piece Doug Oster is interviewed about some of "the best gardening tools for consumers". And he doesn't think much of them - apart from the back saver and knee pads, that is. Read more..
One gadget that does sound worthwhile is really more of a garment. Designed for users of strimmers, "Wacker Chaps" is a safety garment for gardeners, lawn-workers and landscapers. Read more..
Organic gardening is becoming more mainstream by the year. Home Depot is forecasting that the demand for organic products will grow by 60% over the next few years. According to Malcolm Beck, founder of Garden-Ville: "This natural business is growing by leaps and bounds. It's gotten to be easier to (go organic), it's gotten to be less expensive, and it works." Read more..
And if you want to go all the way then take a look at biodynamic gardening. It seems that the gardeners at Evergreen Elm always get phenomenal results with their biodynamic gardens. Cosmic energy and special sprays are just two of the ingredients. Read more..
May 28, 2007 14:19 - Exercise Your Muscles And Your Brain Cells
I always thought that gardening involved going out into your backyard and tackling the next task on your list. If you're preparing a new bed, you grab your shovel and start to dig. Take your hoe and attack those weeds, or just spend time admiring your handiwork. But not, it seems, for people who are preparing for National Gardening Exercise Day which is observed on June 6. Before you even think of reaching for your shovel, you should take a brisk walk and follow this with a ten minute stretching session. Read more..
Continuing the exercise theme it seems that manual lawn mowers are becoming more popular. It is estimated that some 350,000 are sold in the United States each year which is nearly 30% more than five years ago. The reasons are partly environmental with people becoming more aware of global warming, coupled with the trend towards smaller lawns that do not justify a gas powered mower.
If I were to ask you what is fertilizer, I am sure that you would have no difficulty in telling me, but how extensive is your knowledge? There's one way to find out. Take this ten point true/false quiz devised by Chris Smith. Read more..