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The Best of Whole Life Gardening

Which would be, of course, you. The best of Whole Life Gardening is all the people who have followed this blog over the past few years. I am grateful to you beyond measure…and we’ve had fun, haven’t we?

Now I’m planting new gardens: a link to that new site will be posted here soon. Today, […]

How To Pitch Your Book or Product

Promoting your new book or product? Do you want your local media to talk about your event, business or cause? Here are 4 tips from a writer/radio host who gets pitched to all the time:

1. Never send a press release as an attachment. These get dumped without even opening the email.

2. Take the […]

When Identical Plants Aren’t Growing Identically

It’s always possible to make plants grow identically: another popular misconception.

It’s common for callers to GardenLine to ask about a plant that’s not doing well in comparison to others. “I planted two of these and one is fine but the other looks sick,” they might say. Or “There are three and two are fine […]

When Doing Nothing Isn’t An Option

“Well, the plant is dead, but maybe there’s something that might help with that?” or “Surely there is a product I can spray so that whatever this is doesn’t spread.”

The questioner wants to know which product to buy in the dead of winter that will kill off possible grub invasions. They want to spray […]

Unreal Landscape Photos

A Gardening Life – February 1 Every day I see garden pictures posted on Facebook and Pinterest that are super-saturated and colorful. Many of them are beautiful or entertaining, but they lie to us…twice. First because they are often given titles, or included in albums that make you believe that this is how the landscape […]

Winter Plant Support Has to be Ugly

Another popular misconception…

I have a ‘Sky Pencil’ Japanese Holly near my kitchen door that is starting to approach basketball player status in height. If it could jump the NBA would have an exciting new player…all those branches to dribble with! Since this shrub is firmly rooted to the ground, however, it remains outside my […]