Kiss the Earth Archive: July, 2012

You knew a farmer's kid would think of this

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Actually, Joel Karsten is the son and grandson of farmers, and he got the idea for using bales of straw to make unusual "containers" to grow... Read more

Wake me up anytime

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You can wake me up anytime - today at 5 a.m., for instance, because it's raining and I need to close the windows. Was there ever a more welcome... Read more

A man who doesn't eat fruit

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Cyrus Gordon is a man who doesn't eat fruit. Even more incredibly, he grows lots of it! "I'm a steak and potatoes guy. If I could grow them... Read more

Here's another reason to visit Chanticleer

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You can't dress up weather like this. It's horrible. The garden's frying, despite the watering. We desperately need rain. And wait till we... Read more

A cuppa that's tall and tropical

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The Teacup garden at Chanticleer is a bold change-up from previous years, which is a nice thing to ponder. How fun to have the money, time... Read more

Heuchera's happiest customer

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I never thought of heuchera as a plant for window boxes, but a reader emailed this morning to tell me that and something else: "And a true... Read more

From weeds to cooling woodland

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With temperatures nudging toward 100 degrees, July 4 may not have been the best time to visit a public garden, but on the up side, there was... Read more

Do I use a spade - or a spoon?

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Judging strictly by the names of these heucheras, it's hard to know whether we're expected to plant or eat them. I mean, serious marketing... Read more