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September 2011

Video: Watch the great pumpkin grow!

Ok, this is pretty darn cool! We usually only see the end result of these pumpkins, but this video gives an entirely new perspective. Read more on this topic: Video: The Jacarandas are in bloom Video: Garden Morning – A slice of life video Video: Tomatomania 2011: Scenes and Interview Great Backyard Bird Count Bird […]

New Troy-Bilt tools to try – Battery Pole Trimmer and Hedge Trimmers

Ooooo, look what shiny new toy showed up on my porch yesterday — Troy-Bilt’s new battery operated tools – a chainsaw pole trimmer and hedge trimmers. I tried out both of these tools when we were back in Ohio for our Saturday6 kick-off event and I am eager to put them to use here in […]

A Gardener’s Notebook in Troy-Bilt’s newsletter, “The Dirt”

As part of my work with Troy-Bilt, I regularly write for their monthly newsletter, The Dirt. This month, my article is entitled “Inch-by-Inch” and appears below in it’s entirety. Read the entire newsletter If you would like to subscribe to The Dirt, visit the Troy-Bilt web site and subscribe. Subscribe to A Gardener’s Notebook mailing […]

I Like This – September 25, 2011

A collection of gardening items I found interesting this week. Gardening Books: The one-minute review solution – September 25, 2011 – Some nice reviews and great recommendations for garden books. The book, “Planting the Dry Shade Garden” especially interests me. Read more on this topic: I Like This – September 16, 2011 I Like This […]

I Like This – September 16, 2011

A collection of gardening items I found interesting this week. Hart’s tongue fern – September 16, 2011 – Hmm, I wonder if this would work in California in the shady parts of the garden. Certainly a nice look. Read more on this topic: I Like This – September 9, 2010 I Like This – April […]

Photo: Oaks, acorns and an unidentified spider that needs a name

It is flag football season again, so an hour or so of each afternoon involves me sitting in the park trying to work or read or do something else productive. Today I happened to notice these tiny acorns on the tree above my head. They are small, but yet the perfect definition of an acorn. […]

Photo: Wine bottle edging in the garden

Wine bottle edging in the garden, originally uploaded by dewelch. An overview of the wine bottle edging shown in my latest video. Read more on this topic: Question: Would you use recycled wine bottle edging around your garden beds? Video: How-To: Wine bottle edging for your garden beds project Project: Bottle Garden Bed Edging Photo: […]

Video: How-To: Wine bottle edging for your garden beds project

Douglas takes you through a project using wine bottles to edge a garden bed. This is a great recycling project and easy enough that anyone, even kids, can help out. Disclosure: This post is in conjunction with my paid partnership as one of the Saturday6 from Troy-Bilt. All thoughts are my own. Read more on […]

Photo: Incipient Tomato

Tomatoes are about to arrive here in our garden. This volunteer tomato which sprouted from some compost I used for potting has been putting out flowers and today I noticed a small, cherry tomato already forming. Our volunteer tomato A closeup from the same shot It is always such fun to see things go from […]

Project: Roof cleaning for the Fall and Winter

If you have a lot of mature trees on your property like we do, you will be faced with this project once or twice a year. In our case, we sometimes fall down on the job and don’t get to it when we should. This year, though, I see Fall approaching rapidly even here in […]