Connected Parks and Gardens… from A Gardener’s Notebook

Connected Parks and Gardens... from A Gardener's Notebook

Any considered urban gardening plan involves the transformation of vacant lots into small parks and gardens instead of yet another apartment complex. While the “pocket park” idea has been around for a long time I believe there is one aspect missing. Not only should there be small parks scattered throughout the neighborhood, there should also be an on-going effort to link these parks together in some way. Imagine being able to walk for miles though your neighborhood and city, moving from one park to another. This is certainly not a quick fix, but imagine the cities our children and grandchildren would inherit if we started today.

From A Gardener’s Notebook by Douglas E. Welch DouglasEWelch.com

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Audio: Douglas appears on “Back to my Garden” with Dave Ledoux – BTMG 012: California Sweet Potato Strategy with Douglas Welch

I recorded this podcast with Dave Ledoux from the “Back to my Garden” podcast a few weeks ago. Check out more great gardening info on the Back to my Garden web site and subscribe to the podcast — Douglas


BTMG 012: California Sweet Potato Strategy with Douglas Welch

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Listen to Back to my Garden Episode 12 with Douglas E. Welch

Douglas Welch is a pioneer in the world of podcasting, food blogging and new media…and he’s a heck of a great gardener! Residing in southern California he battles the drought, heat and unique challenges to create his own oasis of peace and enjoyment.

Douglas is an Amazon author, and has been podcasting since 2004, literally 14 days after the word “podcast” was invented! You will find him warm, approachable and willing to share loads of gardening wisdom and experience in this interview.

In This Episode You Will Discover:

  • the differences in gardening in Southern California compared to Ohio
  • why gardeners learn best by DOING
  • how to apply what you learn in gardening books and videos
  • a disaster in a rose garden turned into a sweet potato bonanza!
  • Holly & Joel’s Channel: http://thewisconsinvegetablegardener.com/
  • Eric Rochow’s Channel: http://www.gardenfork.tv

These are the books Douglas mentioned on the show!

Parks in our own backyard… from A Gardener’s Notebook

Parks in our own backyard… from A Gardener's Notebook

I believe urban parkland starts with our own gardens. We need to share our gardens and our gardening knowledge with others so that we can move away from the endless expanses of expensive lawns and into a more naturalized landscaping that not only looks better but costs less to maintain. Part of this sharing involves bringing people into our garden to show them exactly what is possible. Sponsor a neighborhood garden tour. Host a garden party yourself. We may have forgotten it, but we all have a desire for open, green spaces that allow us to connect to nature even in the middle of the city.

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Nature shows Summer’s End – End of the Day for August 24, 2014

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Originally from End of the Day from My Word with Douglas E. Welch

The high temperatures here in the San Fernando Valley don’t seem to indicate it, but Summer is on the wane. The Autumnal Equinox that marks the beginning of Fall is less than a month away on September 22, 2014. Of course, our Mediterranean climate doesn’t reflect the typical seasons I grew up with in Ohio, but I do look forward to the change in seasons all the same. After 28 years here I often joke that we do have 4 seasons in Los Angeles, but both Spring and Fall are about 2 weeks long. Spring jumps into Summer and Fall quickly to Winter, once the rains arrive.

Nature shows Summer's End - End of the Day for August 24, 2014

Even if we amy not feel it, though, nature feels the changing of the seasons and displays the indicators clearly. Walking home from an errant today I noticed our neighbor’s tree was bursting with pomegranates that were both ripe and near ripe. This is a sure sign of Fall — trees and plants setting and spreading seed. I posted a short video of liquidambar seed pods I collected here in the neighborhood a few days ago. After only 4 days on my desktop they went from green and tightly closed to dry, brown and literally bursting with seeds. As the pods dry, they pop open and spread their seeds over large areas. I’ll take these seeds I collected, stash them in the fridge to “stratify” them i.e. make them think they have passed through Winter, and then plant them in pots to create some new trees.

I gathered many more seeds on my walk yesterday. There were more liquidambar seed pods, similar looking sycamore pods, mimosa tree seeds, a few crape myrtle seeds and some pine cones. I plan on processing all these seeds and seeing what I can grow here in the garden. Propagating seeds, cuttings and making new plants is one of my favorite things to do in the garden, so this time of year is always a great time. There is so much to be gathered as most plants start to finish up their growing year before going dormant, or, at least, slowing down. I think I already have the reputation of being the odd gardening guy who’s always taking photographs of flowers and plants, but at this time of year they also see me hunting and gathering, which probably seems very odd in this highly urban area. Still, it is a fun, cheap way to entertain myself and grow some new additions to the garden.

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Noted: 5 Historic Gardens In Los Angeles And Their Fascinating Stories via LAist

5 Historic Gardens In Los Angeles And Their Fascinating Stories via LAist

5 Historic Gardens In Los Angeles And Their Fascinating Stories via LAist

Gardens possess a certain magic, and that’s especially true of historic gardens that seem to capture a specific moment in time. California’s oldest gardens tell stories of old Hollywood and even Spanish colonization. As the end of summer draws near, it’s the perfect time to enjoy some of the oldest gardens in Los Angeles.

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Photo: Little sunflower in the garden via #instagram

Photo: Little sunflower in the garden via #instagram

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Video: Liquidambar styraciflua seed pods open over course of 4 days – Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 – 24/30

Part of the Dog Days of Podcasting

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A quick view of liquidambar styraciflua seed pods opening and releasing their seeds over the course of 4 days. I plan on doing an actual timelpase of this process in the near future, too.

Liquidambar styraciflua seed pods open over course of 4 days - Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 - 24/30

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Music: “Groove Grove” by Kevn MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License

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What is the Dog Days of Podcasting?

“Essentially, it is a challenge to do a podcast for 30 days in a row.

In 2012 Kreg Steppe was looking to give himself a little push in regards to recording his own personal podcast since he wasn’t recording it very often. That turned into a challenge for himself to record a show everyday for 30 days believing that after 30 days it would turn into a habit. Once it was mentioned to Chuck Tomasi he took the challenge too and they decided it would be a great idea to record starting 30 days before Dragon*Con, culminating with the last episode where they would record it together when they saw each other there.”

Video: In the garden…August 21, 2014: Checking out the potting bench and the back garden – Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 – 22/30

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Checking on on the potting bench today and a short view of the back garden after tree trimming

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Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s Notebook” now available as a Kindle eBook. (You don’t need a Kindle to read it, though. Read it on your PC, Link: http://j.mp/fagnbook

Watch all past episodes of “In the garden…” in this YouTube Playlist


Music: “The One” by The Woodshedders

Please Like this video and/or subscribe to my channel on YouTube.

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Subscribe to my YouTube Channel

“In the garden…” is a series for A Gardener’s Notebook highlighting what is happening in my garden, my friend’s gardens and California gardens throughout the seasons. 

More information on Douglas E. Welch and Careers in New Media:

Previously in the Dog Days of Podcasting 2014:

What is the Dog Days of Podcasting?

“Essentially, it is a challenge to do a podcast for 30 days in a row.

In 2012 Kreg Steppe was looking to give himself a little push in regards to recording his own personal podcast since he wasn’t recording it very often. That turned into a challenge for himself to record a show everyday for 30 days believing that after 30 days it would turn into a habit. Once it was mentioned to Chuck Tomasi he took the challenge too and they decided it would be a great idea to record starting 30 days before Dragon*Con, culminating with the last episode where they would record it together when they saw each other there.”

Noted: 4 Reasons to Plant a Vegetable Garden in the Front Yard via Modern Farmer

4 Reasons to Plant a Vegetable Garden in the Front Yard via Modern Farmer

4 Reasons to Plant a Vegetable Garden in the Front Yard via Modern Farmer

One of the first landscaping changes we made upon moving into our new house last year was getting rid of several sprawling, weed-ridden mounds of winter jasmine that were choking the life out of all the plants in our front yard. We covered the dirt with mulch and then turned our attention to planning a vegetable and herb garden for the backyard.

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Garden Decor: Fountain made from concrete leaves

Stone walkway with river rock

I have posted about concrete leaves on A Gardener’s Notebook in the past (See Casting concrete leaves from/for the garden), but this fountain takes it to the next level. I knew I had to post this as soon as soon as I saw it. I am disappointed that I can’t find the original source for this picture. If you happen upon it, please let me know. For now, though, it will have to act as a bit of inspiration for your own designs.

Garden Decor: Fountain made from concrete leaves

Discovered via Pinterest User Christine Mack

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