Video: What Douglas Dug…Show 005 – Cool Gardening Items from August 2012

Our fifth episode of What Douglas Dug…, our regular review show of neat gardening items I have found in my Internet travels. In this episode, garden labyrinth design, moon door, seed sharing packets, container watering ideas and more!

 

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News: Scotts Miracle-Gro Will Pay $12.5 Million in Criminal Fines and Civil Penalties for Violations of Federal Pesticide Laws

Certainly a case that makes you want to weigh deeply which companies you decide to do business with, especially when it comes to garden products.

From today’s US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) release today…

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Scotts Miracle-Gro Will Pay $12.5 Million in Criminal Fines and Civil Penalties for Violations of Federal Pesticide Laws

WASHINGTON – The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, a producer of pesticides for commercial and consumer lawn and garden uses, was sentenced today in federal district court in Columbus, Ohio, to pay a $4 million fine and perform community service for eleven criminal violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), which governs the manufacture, distribution, and sale of pesticides. Scotts pleaded guilty in February 2012 to illegally applying insecticides to its wild bird food products that are toxic to birds, falsifying pesticide registration documents, distributing pesticides with misleading and unapproved labels, and distributing unregistered pesticides. This is the largest criminal penalty under FIFRA to date.

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First seen on Inhabitat in Scotts Miracle-Gro Fined $12.5M For Knowingly Selling Bird Seed Tainted With Deadly Pesticides by Beth Buczynski, 09/07/12

Elsewhere: Great article and examples of using astilbe in your garden from Houzz.com

I am always looking for beautiful, low maintenance plants to use here in the garden and I think astilbe might find a place here.

Great Design Plant: Astilbe
Astilbe’s feathery white flowers add unique texture to the garden, even as the weather turns cooler

astilibe

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Free garden wallpapers for September 2012 – Artichoke

Here is a selection of free wallpapers for your computer desktop or smartphone. Right-click and select Save Image As… to download them to your own computer. On your smartphone, tap and hold, then select Save to Camera Roll. You can then attach the wallpapers using your phone’s preferences.

Desktop Wallpaper

 

iPad/Tablet Wallpaper

 

iPhone/Smartphone Wallpaper

 

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My Favorite Things for the Garden – August 2012

My Favorite Things

Here are my favorite shared garden items for August 2012.

Please let me know in the comments if you find any of the particularly useful. I’ll keep my eye open for similar items — Douglas

Elsewhere: Gardening requires lots of water…

Certainly true in my case. (LAUGH)

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Video: Container Vegetable Garden Update 005

In this update, Douglas talks about bolted lettuce, strawberry runners and the cucumber that..er…might not be…uh…a cucumber, but a watermelon instead. Well, the flowers ARE very similar, even if the fruit is not. (LAUGH)

Music: “Whiskey on the MIssissippi” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  – Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Update: Bourgogne Live (France) links to my wine bottle waterer video

I noticed that my video from a few weeks ago on using wine bottles as waterers in your gardening containers was getting quite a view views, so I took a moment to hunt down where they were coming from. It seems that the Bourgogne-Live web site in Burgundy, France had embedded the video in one of their stories.

It is very cool to see this page and think of all the French people wondering «Qui diable est le curieusement vêtus Amérique nous dire sur le jardinage?» (“Who the hell is the oddly dressed America telling us about gardening?”) (LAUGH)

Here is a screen shot from the page. You can see it directly on their site by clicking Une bouteille de vin pour sauver les plantes de son jardin de la canicule or the article below.

Bourgogne live

Elsewhere: Pretty Garden Shed Idea

I came across this lovely “garden closet” on Pinterest the other day. It is certainly worth keeping this around for ideas when you are building your own garden shed.

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Video: Creative Pruning – Black Pines

Douglas does some, long overdue, pruning of the black pines in his front garden, helping then develop and maintain their gnarled trunks.

Theme Music: The One by The Woodshedders via http://musicalley.com

Timelapse Music: “Mining by Moonlight” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  – Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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