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November 2010

Gardening Gift Guide #12: The $64 Tomato

#12 The $64 Tomato Listen to the Review It is a story as old as America itself. When we dream, we dream big. Big houses, big cars and, in the case of The $64 Tomato, big gardens. In this book, author William Alexander details his love/hate relationship with his garden. I knew I was going […]

Gardening Gift Guide #11: Sunset Western Garden Book

#11 Sunset Western Garden Book This is a perennial regular in the gift guide. I still find it an excellent reference guide specifically designed for western gardeners, like myself. A big book and a useful one. All Gift Guide Recommendations: #10 Wellington Boots# 9 Wells Lamont Wet and Muddy Latex Coated Gardening Glove# 8 Garden […]

Gardening Gift Guide #10: Wellington Boots

#10 Wellington Boots Our Fall and Winter rains just started here in Los Angeles but our near-desert environment doesn’t really call for “Wellies” in the garden. That said, these would be appropriate nearly anywhere else. Getting through the Winter and Spring in my hometown in Ohio would have been a whole lot easier with a […]

Gardening Gift Guide # 9: Wells Lamont Wet and Muddy Latex Coated Gardening Glove

# 9Wells Lamont Wet and Muddy Latex Coated Gardening Glove If your garden gets a little muddy, these are a great addition to your gardening kit. Cloth and leather gloves can get soggy and uncomfortable much too quickly, but these gloves will allow you to work longer, with a better grip. I especially like to […]

Gardening Gift Guide # 8: Garden Crafts

# 8 Garden Crafts I came across this book years ago, but saw it again in the library and was reminded how nice it is. There are some great ideas for nearly every type of garden, along with detailed instructions. The photography is great and really gives you a clear idea how each piece is […]

“Cookies and More” Holiday Special — We want your stories, recipes, advice and more

Cookies and More Holiday Special A Holiday Special from WelchWrite.com Each year I make over 80 dozen cookies and candies for our annual Cookie Party. After 15+ years of putting this party together, I have collected a lot of cookie stories, recipes and advice. This year, I am putting together “Cookies and More for the […]

Gardening Gift Guide # 7: Coppertop Caged Bird Feeder

# 7 Coppertop Caged Bird Feeder Birds and other wildlife are an important part of any garden. Why not give them an attractive place to feed? I have a similar bird feeder in my garden and it has stood up will to the harsh, sunny, conditions better than any plastic feeder. UV light damages plastics […]

Gardening Gift Guide # 6: Pat Welsh’s Southern California Organic Gardening: Month by Month

# 6 Pat Welsh’s Southern California Organic Gardening: Month by Month Welsh’s previous month-by-month guide has been a constant companion in my gardening journeys over the years and it is great to see her offer this organic version. Gardening in Southern California is quite different from other areas with odd seasons, hyper-local micro-climates and a […]

Gardening Gift Guide # 5: Anthony Eglin Gardening Mysteries

# 5 English Garden Mysteries by Anthony Eglin I have quite enjoyed this series of garden-related mystery novels by Anthony Eglin over the years. They follow the adventures of Professor Lawrence Kingston, gardening expert, as he finds himself drawn into the machinations of various evil doers, all thanks to some very special plants and gardens. […]

Gardening Gift Guide # 4: Troy-Bilt TB154E 6.5 Amp Electric Front Tine Forward Rotating Garden Tiller/Cultivator

# 4 Troy-Bilt TB154E 6.5 Amp Electric Front Tine Forward Rotating Garden Tiller/Cultivator When I moved to Los Angeles 22 years ago, I left behind my grandmother’s ½ acre garden and our own ¼ acre plot behind the house. I thought little of gardening for almost 10 years. Some people are good with houseplants. I […]