Trey Pitsenberger, owner of Golden Gecko Nursery, is a constant agitator in favor of independent nurseries, common-sense gardening, and truthfulness in marketing. His latest target? Miracle-Gro’s idiotic desire to stuff their bullshit blue fertilizer where it’s not desired. He says:
Why are you mixing fertilizer with a product designed for drainage? In my mind this borders on insanity. Can anyone in horticulture tell me why this might be a good idea? Could these kinds of things be one reason people fail at their gardening efforts, and blame themselves for their failure? Could it be the biggest enemies to attracting new gardeners, may very well be the biggest horticultural companies around?
Rant on, Trey. Read the rest here.
Next, Ellen Sousa of Beautiful Wildlife Garden shows us that container gardeners can also garden for wildlife in her post, Habitat Containers for Hummingbirds. I’ve seen hummingbirds nest in potted Japanese maples, as well as drink nectar from many of the plants Ellen suggests. Ellen also shares some great links for further reading.
Then, my latest post over at the Christian Science Monitor garden blog Diggin’ It is about vertical gardening with small vines. Most vines get so blasted big that after coddling them along for the first few years, your impulse changes from protecting them, to hacking at them every time you walk past. Those behemoths are certainly not suitable for small trellises or for trailing up a rain gutter.
The three vines I feature are unusual enough that you may not have heard of them, yet they’re easy enough for anyone to grow.
Lastly, Frances at Faire Garden has a beautiful pictorial and written defense of the color yellow. I confess I’m more of a fan of purple than yellow, but after seeing her lovely photos, I’m going to be susceptible to some yellow and gold impulse buys at my local indie nursery this week!
That’s it for this week! Have fun with our newfound sunshine out there, and don’t let the deer eat all your plants!