Truth in Advertising. Surprise!

Winter is the time many gardeners visit gardening websites and printed literature, especially catalogues. It is also the time to order seeds in preparation for spring planting. If not, you should--it is exciting, informative and you can save $. But buyer beware. You should view the description and accompanying photos with a grain of sale. After all, the people/companies behind the ads have one purpose--to get you to spend money on their product. Let me ask, have you ever been served a meal that looks like the beautifully staged image that appears on a menu? Me neither. The same holds true for the plant porn featured in many of the aforementioned ad enticements. Why would they ever p

Rant of the Month

Unfortunately, most people know little about gardening and environmental issues including many "professionals" employed to choose, install and maintain plants and design landscapes. This page highlights specific issues with commentary on remedy or recommendation for course of action. Examples are numerous and easy to find -- rarely requiring me to travel far from home.  Hopefully, these postings will make the task of finding examples more difficult.  I will occasionally also post outstanding and approved examples in an effort to educate.