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March 2012

Shared Gardening Items for March 2012

Here are my I Like This Shared Gardening Items for March 2012. Please let me know in the comments if you find any of the particularly useful. I’ll keep my eye open for similar items — Douglas Root Simple: Peat-free Planting Mix Recipe With Coconut Coir Reuse for bottles – I have done this one […]

The garden in HDR

I was out in the garden playing around with my camera and took this HDR (high dynamic range) style photo. I think it gives an interesting perspective to the back woodland area of the garden. Click for larger image Read more on this topic: Photo: The Garden in Summer Free Garden Wallpaper for your smartphone […]

Project: DIY upside down tomato grower

I have been toying around with various container ideas in order to get the most out of my heavily shaded property. We are surrounded by mature trees, so sunlight can be hard to come buy. One way around this is to use containers, large and small, that allow me to move things into the sunniest […]

OMG Strawberries!!!

OMG Strawberries, originally uploaded by dewelch. These strawberries were HUGE, but still had great strawberry flavor, which is unusual. I thought this shot turned out well, too, with the excellent depth of field and lighting. Via Flickr: Taken at an event for Friends of the Island Fox a charity dedicated to protecting this endangered species […]

Lavender Harvest 2012

I was aware enough this year to harvest my lavender at a more appropriate time than I did last year. According to my reading, you want to harvest it as soon as the flowers have fully opened. I had noticed a few days ago that it was flowering, so today, after returning from a client […]

Updated: Coming this weekend! — Tomatomania 2012 dates announced!

{EAV:f454b6e09db07d70} Tomatomania, the annual tomato seedling extravaganza has just announced it’s dates for 2012. It looks like they have added a few new locations, too. Each Tomatomania has hundreds of different varieties of tomatoes ready to take home to your own garden and kick start your Summer growing. Here is a video I shot last […]

Photos: Teresa’s Azaleas

Visiting one of my computer consulting clients today, I found these amazing azaleas in full bloom in her garden. Teresa says that they were even better before we had the heavy rains over the weekend. I can hardly imagine how much better they could look when they look so fabulous today. Teresa’s garden is located […]

Cute recycling idea – Bowling Ball Ladybugs for your garden

I thought this was soooooo cute when I saw it on PInterest. I suppose you use the same idea with anything round you might have about the place. Source: birdsandblooms.com via Douglas on Pinterest   Read more on this topic: Project: Steel pipe garden edging Pumpkins? Re-use: Futon frame as garden gate Recycle: Pallet trellis […]

Question: Garden Bed Refurb Ideas Wanted – What would you do?

As you can see from the pictures below, this garden bed is in pretty said shape. Over our 16 years here, it has been in fairly steady decline. I have tried to add a few shrubs to this area, but nothing seems to take. So, this is where you come in. What would you like […]

Event: Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society 12th Annual Exhibit and Plant Sale Drought Tolerant Plant Festival

Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society 12th Annual Exhibit and Plant Sale Drought Tolerant Plant Festival Saturday June 9th   9am to 5pm (Lectures start at 10:00)Sunday June 10th 9am to 4pm   (Kid’s events start at 10:30) Learn how landscaping with drought tolerant plants can save you money and water. Interior Educational Displays Exterior […]