The enigma of Olmsted

Home tomorrow night? You can catch the newest documentary on Frederick Law Olmsted on PBS. Entitled Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, this is a basic overview of the seminal landscape architect’s career, ...

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Poor Man’s Fertilizer

As I contemplate the task of plowing the driveway, I find it hard to see anything appealing in last night’s snowfall.  It seemed to me that we already had plenty of the ...

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The Azalea Story Gets Juicier

Writer Joel Lerner has added another twist to the mystery of the Plan to Kill Beloved Azaleas at the National Arboretum (the gardening world around DC has talked about nothing else for ...

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Gardenandthegoodlife Announces New Partners!

Since 2006 Gardenandthegoodlife has been the work of four opinionated gardeners doing their best to “uproot the gardening world,” with occasional help from guests adding their voices to the mix.  But now ...

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Have Scythe, Will Farm

I recently woke up with a badly aching right elbow. In fact, I could barely use my arm. Must be Lyme disease, I concluded. Pain in the joints is a primary symptom ...

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Lawn Reform Blog is Born!

 Standard-issue "lawn care" information is OUT.  Lawn reform information is not only IN, it's important, dammit.  So 15 months ago the Lawn Reform Coalition launched a website filled with alternatives to the ...

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A Tale of Two Mulches

Which do you prefer on the garden floor: the varying texture of fallen leaves, or the fine-grained uniformity of wood chips? When I began making this new garden, I was able to get ...

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Strategies for a new age

It’s not just what’s happening “out west.” Water management of every kind is a huge issue for everybody, so I have been listening and reading with great interest to all that’s happening ...

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