Wasted Yards to Mini-Farms

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Urban gardening continues to be an expanding trend. We are seeing more and more turf areas being replaced by some type of landscape, often food oriented. This does not break my heart. I feel most small yards (turf) are useless … Read More

Nursery Industry Explores Biodegradable Containers

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Plastic containers revolutionized plant production. Now a significant percentage of plants are grown in some type of container. At the retail level, containers not only hold plants and soil, but they have become a visual part of the marketing. Yet, … Read More

Show Me the Research

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It seems that for decades the conventional agricultural community responded to organic claims with “ show me the scientific research.” That, in fact, was what led me back to Oregon State University many decades ago. I was growing food organically … Read More

Worm Culture…Helping Save the Planet

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OK…I admit the headline is a bit overblown…but I have been encouraged by recent increased activity around using worms to recycle bio-materials, mainly food waste. I have personally followed the vermiculture movement for decades, since these hard working organisms both … Read More

Soil Health and Organic Fertilizers

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Below is another response to an online post. The basic question was “what are good organic fertilizers” and some responses questioned whether they work or not. These are my quick thoughts…the books listed below apply to sustainable horticulture in many … Read More

A Landscaper Looks at Sustainability

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In my recent post , New Opportunities in Sustainable Landscapes, the discussion centered on new landscape directions for the industry. This post looks at how one landscape firm looks at creating a different landscape, one focused on sounder environmental principles. … Read More