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Love Those Blogs

Here's our short-list of the best gardening blogs on the internet.

garden-blogsThere are so many great gardening blogs on the web… who can follow them all? Here are some interesting links we’ve discovered recently. Any to add?

–Chris at Backyard Gardening Blog makes it sound too good to be true: “What if I told you there was a way to have a greener lawn, that needed less water, less fertilizer, attracted beneficial insects, and yes, it would be greener?” he asks. The answer is probably already in your back yard. (We especially like the “less water” part.)

The Manic Gardener (aka Kate Gardner) has a great article AND podcast(!) from Lee Reich about keeping a garden weed free. And there’s not a single mention of RoundUp.

–Elizabeth Licata has a novel way of how to look at all the maintenance her outdoor plants require this time of year. It involves the late screenwriter/director Nora Ephron, mascara and washing your hair. (Guys should take a clue.)

–Chicago-based GardenInACity from Jason and Judy Kay has an interesting and practical way of looking at the issue of including native plants — or excluding exotics, however you’d like to look at it — in your garden. Teaser: the answer — not what you might think — has to do with the word “carefree.”

–Finally, Margaret Roach at A Way To Garden gives us a long, long list of gardening chores to be done in July. Scroll to the very bottom for something all of us composters need to remember this time of year. Disclaimer: Margaret lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. Your actual chores may vary depending on your location.

And another thing: your humble Planet Natural blogger would be remiss if it didn’t link to something on its own blog and research center. So here you go. Don’t set those mower blades too low during this hot (and mostly) dry summer!

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Eric Vinje founded Planet Natural with his father Wayne in 1991, originally running it as a grasshopper bait mail-order business out of a garage.

Eric is now retired, but is still a renowned gardener known for his expertise in composting, organic gardening and pest control, utilizing pesticide-free options, such as beneficial insects.

Eric believes when you do something good for the environment, the effects will benefit generations to come.