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December 2010

Don’t dump that Christmas Tree!

This post from LAist.com, How To Trash Your Tree reminded me that I hadn’t made plans to gather up Christmas Trees this year. Here in LA we usually end up with dozens of Christmas trees simply thrown out on lawns and dumped in empty lots. Despite info like this, a lot of people still take […]

I Like This – December 26, 2010

A collection of career items I found interesting this week. How To Trash Your Tree – December 26, 2010 – Please share this info so we don’t end up with the usual Christmas Tree “litter” over the next week or so. I now have a chipper/shredder so I might gather up a few to make […]

Audio: 5th Annual Live Reading of A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Gift from A Gardener’s Notebook! Sunday marked our 5th Annual LIVE Reading of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. We had some new voices this year and had a great time as usual. You can listen to the entire show using the link below. Consider having your own reading of A Christmas Carol, or […]

I Like This – December 19, 2010

A collection of career items I found interesting this week. Building a Native Bee Box – December 19, 2010 Read more on this topic: I Like This – December 5, 2010 I Like This – October 1, 2010 I Like This – September 9, 2010 I Like This – February 11, 2010 Building a Native […]

Building a Native Bee Box

My friend, Keri, has created an excellent “Bee Box” for her garden. Read the entire article at her site. “I’ve been wanting to do this for over a year, build a nesting box for native bees and other insects. My friend Doug Welch from A Gardener’s Notebook had sent me various plans and ideas. I […]

Tip: Let the rain dampen your composter

From the gardenersnotebk Twitter account: A reminder to me by way of a reminder to you. 🙂 – Pop the top on your composter when it rains to give it a good soaking and keep it perking. If you use an enclosed composter like I do, the next time rain is forecast, pop the top […]

Gardening Gift Guide #15: Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

#15 Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America One of my favorite parts of the garden are the birds it attracts — everything form the typical sparrows and morning doves to phoebes and even Cooper’s Hawks. The Peterson Guides are a great way to help you identify the birds in your garden and […]

The bulbs have arrived in the garden again

I went out the back door this morning to do some work and was stopped in my track by this first paperwhite of the season. I had noticed the bulb foliage starting to pop up once we got our first rain, but the flowers always seem to arrive unannounced. Here is another paperwhite next to […]

Gardening Gift Guide #14: Fiskars 3-Piece Softouch Garden Tool Set

#14 Fiskars 3-Piece Softouch Garden Tool Set As is sometimes the case, the gardening blogger has no tools. For years I have been making do with cheap hand tools — or none at all. This set from Fiskers could be just the thing. I have been very happy with my other Fiskars tools, so I […]

Gardening Gift Guide #13: Joshua Roth 1516 Japanese Hori Hori Garden Landscaping Digging Tool

#13 Joshua Roth 1516 Japanese Hori Hori Garden Landscaping Digging Tool I came across this on The Cheap Vegetable Gardener blog and immediately added it to my own Amazon wish list. I make due with whatever I have out in the garden and having such a purpose-built tool would be very, very nice. I really […]