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Contemporary, American Gertrude Jekyll?

I need to learn something about landscape gardening. I'd like to find modern, American garden writers who lean toward, update, and localise the philosophy of Gertrude Jekyll and William Robinson - i.e. the use of hardy, perennial native plants to create persistent, low water use, naturalistic landscapes. Who should I be reading?
posted by ryanshepard on Jul 4, 2015 - 2 answers

Hacking a practical balcony garden for herbs & veggies

This is my fifth year troubleshooting a balcony garden, but I always end up with either a jungle (where there's no longer any space to enjoy sitting at my small bistro table), or the plants just poop out because they can't handle the intense sunlight in the latter portion of the day. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Apr 12, 2015 - 3 answers

The poop is definitely in the box (er, raised bed), how do I get it out

What do I do about the cat poop in my raised beds if I don't want to get rid of the cats? I have a little feral/community cat colony in my (urban) backyard. They have chosen two of my raised beds as their toilet. Now that the snow has melted the smell is kicking in. I don't want to drive the cats away, but I would like my backyard to not smell of sewage and maybe even use those beds for non-edibles. Anyone have ideas? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Mar 10, 2015 - 15 answers

Garden / greenhouse light meter recommendation needed

I need a light meter for gardening in our yard and, eventually, in a small greenhouse. Ideally, I'd like to know the number of hours of light a specific area gets each day, although full sun / partial shade etc. readings that can be converted are also acceptable. Looking for something durable and for recommendations from folks who have used a specific model successfully for at least a few growing seasons. Bonus points if readings can be downloaded for reference.
posted by ryanshepard on Feb 9, 2015 - 3 answers

How does my garden grow?

Getting a very belated start on planting my garden. Raised beds, zone 8, vegetables. What seeds can I plant this late, and what kinds of starts should I get? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on May 30, 2014 - 10 answers

Let's pretend it's not winter.

I am looking for gardening books focusing on perennial flowers or vegetables or books on landscaping design/ideas that will make me drunk with plans for spring. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Nov 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Organic fungicide vs. powdery mildew?

Gardeners of MeFi - have any of you used Safer Garden Fungicide or an equivalent product to effectively control powdery mildew in your garden? I want to believe it will work, but I'm skeptical.
posted by ryanshepard on Jan 14, 2013 - 3 answers

What else am I going to kill with these sticky traps?

Sticky traps vs. flea beetles - what else am I going to kill? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Jul 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Kale is $3+ a bunch, so I need to figure this out

Tips on growing winter greens? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Oct 17, 2011 - 7 answers

Lazy gardening isn't cutting it

Cheap / free options for garden record-keeping? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Apr 27, 2010 - 11 answers

I didn't rake in the grass seed before covering with straw - help!!

Did I totally mess up by meticulously preparing our yard with a tracter/box blade, spending days removing rocks and debres, planting 50 pounds of Fescue seed, thereafter covering it with 23 bails of straw, and watering it almost daily, but completely skipping the part about raking the seed into the soil? 7 days and counting. [more inside]
posted by passtehbrainz on Apr 25, 2008 - 13 answers

How do I design a new urban rooftop garden?

Calling all green-thumbed MeFites on the green: How do I make my new (urban, rooftop) garden grow? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Apr 10, 2005 - 12 answers

How to fix weedwacker?

A garden defeat: Weeds, 1, Happydaz, 0. Today, I borrowed a friend's Weedwacker. I was happily mowing down the growth in my back yard (some of which had reached three feet in height) when all of a sudden one of the nylon strings disappeared! I stopped the contraption and tried to fix it, but all I ended up doing was making the other string disappear. So now I have a non-functional weedwacker, and 20 % of my yard still un-wacked. Anyone know how to make the string come out? [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Jun 27, 2004 - 6 answers

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