Bullshit is Better

Humans are so gullible--easy prey for marketers, as Edward Bernays (Freud's nephew and the Father of Propaganda) showed us starting in the early 1900's. Why? Often because we want to believe what the message promises so already are predisposed to acceptance; and the susceptibility is frequently amplified by laziness. As Aldo Leopold wrote in 1949, "The modern dogma is comfort [convenience] at any cost." The false hope of a magic concoction. Remember the fountain of youth? Gardeners and so-called gardeners are susceptible. I dedicated 20 pages (Chapter 4) of my Rantings book to dealing with some of these myths. But people do not want to be told they are wrong, anymore than they want to

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.