The future of mulch, or what to do with barren soil in the landscape

THE PAST Years ago (many years ago, pre-Muddy Boots) we would get calls in spring asking us to “turn over” the soil in the homeowners’ “planting beds”. “Turning over” soil meant laboriously digging up clods of soil and then pulverizing them with the point of a shovel. The areas to be turned over were patches […]

Ephemeral Landscaping

If you liked to draw on the driveway with chalk when you were a child, there’s an art festival for you in Victoria, BC. The art is not for sale, and it’s not hanging in wire cubicles lining the street. It’s painted on the street with chalk. The subjects aren’t spaceships or stick-legged monsters – […]

Rod Serling and the Squirrel Tail

There’s no mention of Rod Serling’s gardening/landscaping interests on Wikipedia, and I’m sure he was making another point, but I couldn’t help thinking of the famous Twilight Zone episode when I saw this squirrel tail grass. In “The Eye of the Beholder”, a woman undergoes a series of facial reconstruction surgeries to correct a deformity. […]

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