Steve Bender
Steve Bender grew up in Lutherville, MD and was exiled to Alabama in 1983 for reasons that remain secret to this day. He loves fried okra and often selects dinner wine based on whether it goes well with fried okra. His mission is to make gardening uplifting, accessible, and inspirational to all. He will no doubt succeed. Follow him on Twitter: @grumpy-gardener. Also on Facebook: facebook.com/SLGrumpyGardener.

Recent Posts By Steve Bender

Crepe Murder Winners #3 & #4 — Funeral For A Friend

Friends, please observe a moment of silence with me as we remember six beloved friends who recently fell at the hands of a madman. We may never know what motivated this tortured individual to lash out so violently and ignorantly. We only know these poor crepe myrtles were mutilated and we mourn them.

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Crepe Murder Winner #2 — Would You Pay A Dollar For This Tree?

Oooh, the irony of our latest example of crepe murder is just too good. Here we have a most sadly abused plant growing right in front of a Dollar Tree — a store that sells everything for a buck. So the question you must ask yourself now is, “Would I pay a dollar for this tree?”

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Crepe Murder Winner #1 — Confess Your Sin & Repent!

Friends, Grumpy believes the Big Guy loves us all and is willing to extend mercy to anyone who confesses to crepe murder and promises never to do something so horrible again. Even if the guilty party is a church.

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Grumpy Is Back! How’s Your Elephant?

Faithful readers, Grumpy has returned from his perilous diplomatic mission to Asia safe and sound! He knows you were terribly worried about his welfare, but assures you that aside from a little Confucius Revenge, he is fine. Thanks to everyone who entered Crepe Murder 2015. Judging will commence immediately and the results will make at least 10 of you famous.

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Crepe Murder 2015 Is Open For Ugly Business!

Glorioski! Crepe Murder 2015 has arrived at last to the joy and disgust of millions! The past three contests have witnessed some truly horrific examples of how to ruin beautiful plants, but there are so many more sickening crimes to be reported. And who will be reporting? You. My legion of wise and discerning fans who can no longer stomach […]

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Quick Fix For An Awful Yard

Question from a new reader: “Dear Grumpy, We are newlyweds and have just moved into a new house. The only problem is that the yard and garden areas are atrocious! We don’t know where to begin to deal with it. What are some quick and relatively inexpensive additions that will make our lawn and garden the talk of the neighborhood […]

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Get Ready for Crepe Murder 2015!

It’s that most wonderful time of the year! Football is over, bored husbands aren’t sober, and crepe myrtles are near! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, Crepe Murder is back for its fourth incredible year, all made possible by two things — ignorant men armed with loppers and pruning saws and vigilant, sneaky readers like you armed […]

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Poinsettia After Christmas — Now What?

You loved your poinsettia during the holidays, but (news flash!) the holidays are over. Now your plant is starting to look a little sad. One overarching question courses through your brain. What am I supposed to do with the dang thing now?

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Why Your Ficus Tree Just Dropped Its Leaves

There’s a good reason why another name for a ficus tree is “weeping fig.” That’s because if you own one, sooner or later it’s going to make you cry.

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Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest — The People Who Top Trees

The season is upon us, so watch out. Any day now, some unemployed, middle-school graduate with a borrowed chainsaw and a mud-caked pickup is going to knock on your door and say¬†you have a problem that needs fixing. Those big trees of yours need shortening bad. If you say yes, not only will you be fleeced of a couple of […]

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