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Weekly TV Video: Putting the Garden to Bed

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Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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  • Paul Holowko

    Nice Clips and great suggestions!!!….. However, I found that your suggestions don’t go far enough in the confinement of a little news clip.
    Clip 1) Instead of raking apples up at the end of summer, use the apples during the year. A little planning helps; you have to pick up the apples one or the other way. Cut back on blossoms in the Spring to prevent branches from breaking. If insisting on wasting apples, at least suggest composting them with a high carbon source like straw or late seeding grasses.
    Clip 2) Too much clutter, gadgets and merchandising. Why use the paper bag? Compost the stuff. They are browns that can keep for later!!! Just keep in a dry place. And using a rake is great for reducing love handles.
    Clip 3) In your neck of the woods, you also have the freezing and thawing issue with roses in the spring. At times it is easier to leave half of the cane and place straw around the roses covered by a Styrofoam cone. This will prevent anything from spreading and also not allow the rose(s) from thawing before a return freeze in the spring. Black eye Susan have no problem spreading without seeds. Cut the spent bolted flowers off and place the seeds in the bird feeder.
    I believe the main trick to gardening naturally is to listen to the season and plan what needs to be done along the entire season. Everything in the garden is cyclical. After practicing for a few years, you don’t even think about it. It’s a way of live.


  • Alice Sheppard

    I typically agree with most of your advice.

    However, I take exception to the verb “cleaning” when applied to leaves. “Processing” or “recycling” might be more appropriate verbs. During the last week, our city street block has had multiple lawn scare services in to remove the leaves. 2-3 hours of high noise, gas-powered leaf blowers seems to be typical for each small lot (someone should tell them that leaf blowers were not designed to collect leaves into piles and are very inefficient). Even the municipal leaf pickup machine is incredibly large and noisy. What is the energy requirement of that machine?

    Reeser Manley recently offered a column in the Bangor Daily News on the fertilizer potential of mulched leaves. Our society seems obsessed in regarding leaves as litter, rather than nature’s way of recycling nutrients.

    I recently read reviews of customers thrilled with purchasing coir bricks to add to their compost or for worm bedding. A quick calculation suggests that I can get a functionally equivalent product from shredded leaves which are available free. I withn fact, everyone is eager to give them to me!

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