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Gardening News: Open Source Seeds

By now I’m sure all of you must know about patented seeds, such as the GMO ones that are regularly in the gardening news. Even without a GMO component, the very idea of patented seeds can’t help but give anyone who thinks about it for than a minute serious pause. But good news: Recently a [...]

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Garden News: Do Good, Get Free Stuff

If you’ve been following this blog for even a little while, you know that there have been a lot of . . . um . . . depressing articles in the garden news about the plight of bees and, more recently, bats. The pollinators. But, today, I have some  good information for you about the [...]

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Garden News: More on the Texas Drought

Do you recall a post from the gardening news of October 1 called “Remembering Trees”? It was about an art installation at Lady Bird Lake that symbolized the destructive power of Texas’s drought with a lone dead tree hovering over the lake with ts roots unable to reach the water Well, Texas’s long drought continues [...]

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Garden News: New Plants for Spring 2014

Last week, the weatherman actually hinted at the possibility of snow! Fortunately, it hasn’t materialized, but the suggestion was enough to make me start thinking of what I might like to plant in the spring. I know. I know: It doesn’t take much to make me start thinking of what I want to plant in [...]

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Organic Gardeners Sharing the Wealth

Gardeners — and maybe especially organic gardeners — love to share. The perfect tomato. A recipe for compost. The latest news on pesticides. As more and more people become concerned about the source (and composition)  of their food, I read more and more news articles about exceptional gardeners who have gone beyond giving the odd [...]

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Garden News: O’Hare’s Organic Garden

The inside of a modern airport is pretty close to anathema for most organic gardeners. While they crave the smell of the earth and the sights of flowers, greenery, and produce, a modern airport offers pretty much the opposite: It smells like . . . well, like an airport. It’s steel, glass, and plastic surfaces [...]

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Gardening News: Signs of Change?

You’re almost certainly an organic gardener (or you’d be reading People magazine right now instead of this, right?). And as an organic gardener, you probably know a reasonable amount about things like GMOs, pesticides, Big Ag farming practices, etc., etc., etc. So, I think you’re really going to enjoy some of the gardening news I’ve [...]

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Gardening News: Anglican Church Spearheads Organic Farming Program

Although it’s not gardening news, the most stunning news in this article is the fact that due to AIDS, in at least one diocese in Zimbabwe, most families are headed by children! Disheartening though this fact is, there is a bright spot: The Anglican Church is now involved in promoting organic farming: Zimbabwe Anglican Church [...]

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Garden News: Here They Come Again?

Don’t you just hate it when something — possibly something you’ve never even seen — practically vanishes from nature? (Needless to say, I’m ruling out things like Tyrannosaurus rex.) That’s the way I feel about the American chestnut tree. The chestnut tree was a big figure in American history. First off, at almost 100 feet, [...]

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Garden News: What We Can Learn from Russia’s Small Gardens

One of the standard lines (or maybe it deserves to be called a cliche) supporters of  industrialized farming are always bringing up is that with the world’s population growing as it is, there’s no way we can feed all those people with small gardens. They’re also prone to say that there’s no way we can [...]

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