Monthly Archives: September 2009

Court Protects Organic Seeds

Last week, a court in California ruled in favor of High Mowing Organic Seeds in their suit against the USDA regarding the premature deregulation of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GMO) sugar beets. This news just in from fellow Vermonter Tom Stearns, … Continue reading

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Bog in a Bowl Update

Earlier this summer I potted up a miniature bog garden in a bowl and it thrived! Even the dried sphagnum peat moss grew. Check Venus fly traps and pitcher plants for aphids before bringing indoors. Planted in early June, the … Continue reading

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Houseplant Hitchhikers

Before bringing them back inside, inspect houseplants carefully for hitchhiking pests they may have picked up. Before bringing them back inside, inspect houseplants carefully for hitchhiking pests they may have picked up. Temperatures are dipping into the low 50s to … Continue reading

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A Park in Thin Air

The High Line is an exciting new park that opened this summer in lower Manhattan. Visionary community activists worked for more than 10 years to make it happen Though New York City is the largest and most densely populated urban … Continue reading

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Bold Perennials for Fall

Some of my favorite perennials bloom at this time of year and their end-of-the-season finale is well worth the wait. With its gold flowers and purple leaves, Desdemona ligularia pairs brilliantly with a 7-foot-tall fleece flower (Persicaria polymorpha) in the … Continue reading

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Allium Bulbs to Plant in Fall

The thing about alliums is that there‚Äôs only one time of year you can plant them: in the fall. Make plans to get yours into the ground for next year’s blooms. Purple Sensation alliums hover above my early summer perennial … Continue reading

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Mossy Turf Myths

Despite what you’ve heard, moss can’t kill your lawn. In reality, moss is an opportunist, an early colonizer of terrain that other plants find inhospitable. Moss thrives in infertile soil and damp, shady conditions. Thick, healthy turf needs plenty of … Continue reading

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