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A conversation with Austin’s ‘Natural Gardener’

August 9th, 2011 · No Comments

John Dromgoole, owner of “The Natural Gardener” in Austin, has been advising folks on how to go natural and organic in the garden for a couple decades.

Not only does organic gardening save the wider environment, it’s critical to keeping our home turf, our kids, our pets and ourselves healthier. Watch the first part of our conversation with Dromgoole in which he talks about the dangers of pesticides, the growing popularity of organic gardening and the wisdom of letting nature work in harmony in our gardens. We visited with Dromgoole in his garden and store, a vast spread of demonstration plots bursting with butterfly food, culinary herbs, produce, native plants, succulents and whimsical garden decor.

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Get a greener green thumb with eco-garden accessories and tools

April 7th, 2010 · No Comments


Those tomatoes are looking good. Your compost is top-notch, you’ve added extra manure for a nitrogen boost and the aphids have been blasted away with a strong spray of water. The grass-clipping mulch has smothered any weeds, and there are no spotted leaves or blossom-end rot to be seen.

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What you need to know: Composting

March 15th, 2010 · No Comments

By Chris Reinolds

Composting can be as simple or as complicated as you make it. From piling green and brown things in a corner of the yard

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to buying that perfect compost bin, you’ll generate the same end result. Those of us who turn and nurture our piles can expect more compost in a faster time period, but regardless our gardens will benefit from a little or a lot.

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Nitpicking with Lowe’s

March 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

We are often hardest on those we like. It’s because our disappointment is somehow greater when we’ve been conditioned to expect better.

Like when your once cuddly child becomes a teenager. Or your beloved hairdresser turns your hair green. Cognitive dissonance sets in, followed by betrayal, followed by disappointment (and in the case of the green hair, mortification.)

And so it was last year when I went to Lowe’s for my usual spring garden supplies — a humble gallon of vinegar weed treatment, several bags of organic mulch, some greensand etc. I count on Lowe’s to have these things. This time, though, I also was looking for a second rain barrel.

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Hobbyists sweetening the picture for threatened honey bees

November 16th, 2009 · No Comments

By Chris Reinolds
Green Right Now

Beekeeper Laura Johnson enjoys tending to her buzzing friends, but the real motive behind her hobby is stopping the decline of honey bees.

Bee Colony Collapse Disorder has been threatening bees, and the crops they serve, around the world for the past several years.

So Johnson, an organic gardener in suburban Atlanta, decided it was time to jump into honey.

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Get garden advice while visiting the nation’s capital

July 6th, 2009 · No Comments

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Here’s a tip from fellow blogger Obama Foodorama: Take a quick eco-detour while visiting the National Mall this summer and check out the USDA’s gardens and garden workshops.

USDA staff will be conducting noontime mini-seminars on Fridays at The People’s Garden, installed outside the Ag Department headquarters. Topics will deal with watering, window gardens, attracting wildlife to the garden and of course, the ever-popular and more-work-than-we’d-like-it-to-be composting. You can see the schedule in this USDA press release.

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Garden time at the Clampetts

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

The bunnies are bountiful in our backyard this year; they’re large and prolific. They’re rabbits.

So it was with an eye out for trouble that we installed the garden this past weekend. This is a second veggie garden, which we put in to test the Evo Organics handy-dandy Weed Free Garden Watering Blanket.

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Books: Organic gardening

April 1st, 2009 · No Comments

Here are some of the most popular organic gardening titles from Amazon.com:

The Informed Gardener — Linda Chalker-Scott

In this introduction to sustainable landscaping practices, Linda Chalker-Scott addresses the most common myths and misconceptions that plague home gardeners and horticultural professionals. Chalker-Scott offers invaluable advice to gardeners gardeners who have wondered:

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Here’s how her garden grows

April 16th, 2008 · No Comments

By Barbara Kessler
Mary Bakatsa is “organic all the way” in her sprawling Austin garden. But that doesn’t mean she simply avoids pesticides and blithely sits back to watch. Organic gardening is more proactive and veteran gardener Bakatsa runs dozens of schemes to nudge nature in the right direction. She places certain plants near others [...]

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Creating an organic vegetable garden: It’s not so scary

March 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

By Barbara Kessler
You’ve decided to grow vegetables in your under-used backyard. It seems like a worthy goal; it’s green; it’s productive and you’d get some tasty treats for your efforts.
But here’s the rub, you feel like a dork poking around the garden center, trying to pick your way around the chemicals to find the natural [...]

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