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November 2012

2012 Gift Guide: Backyard Giants: The Passionate, Heartbreaking and Glorious Quest to Grow the Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Susan Warren

Backyard Giants: The Passionate, Heartbreaking and Glorious Quest to Grow the Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Susan Warren There are some that say gardening contains all the drama of human life — happiness and sadness, triumph and defeat, jealousy, hatred, life and death. Of course, there are some elements of gardening that contain all this and […]

2012 Gift Guide: Classes from the Institute of Domestic Technology

Classes from The Institue of Domestic Technology If you live near, or are thinking of visiting, the Los Angeles area, there is a place where you can learn about cheese making, canning, preserving and more — The Institute of Domestic Technology. Classes include: Cheese Making 3 Class Series Foodcrafting 102 Holiday Cocktail Crafting Home Coffee […]

Photos: Tiny White Chamomile Flower

I was walking across a large lawn in the park last Sunday and this flower stopped me in my tracks. There are some things that just cry out, “Take a picture of me!” I spent a good 15 minutes shooting this from every angle and I think these are the best shots.     Click […]

Garden Questions: Annuals or Perennials — which do you prefer?

Part of our on-going series of gardening questions… Ah, the question that faces all gardeners, which is better in their garden — annuals or perennials? For me, I prefer perennials. In my role as a “lazy gardner”, I like plants that take care of themselves. I especially love bulbs the come up year-after-year. Right now […]

2012 Gift Guide: Books by Douglas E. Welch

     Book by Douglas E. Welch I humbly present my own Kindle eBooks as today’s addition to the 2012 Gift Guide. I hope that you find them interesting gift possibilities for your friends, family and, maybe even, yourself. My books run the gamut from social media to careers and now, to gardening. You don’t need […]

A little more Fall color here in Southern California

I found these beautiful leaves on my walk today. I went on a route that was different than my typical one, although one I have done before. This let me see some new scenery. I love these vibrant reds. They just jump out at you as you walk by and even more in these photos, […]

2012 Gift Guide: The Great Potato Book

The Great Potato Book A serendipitous look though the sorting shelves at my local library led me to The Great Potato Book, which can only be described as raising food fetishism to a new height. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing. Beautifully photographed and printed on glossy stock, The Great Potato Book presents […]

Video: What Douglas Dug…Show 007 – Cheap cold frame, garden sculpture and more!

Our seventh episode of What Douglas Dug…, our regular review show of neat gardening items I have found in my Internet travels. In this episode, A Cheap cold frame, garden sculpture and more! Can’t see the video above? Watch “What Douglas Dug… Show 007” on YouTube  Watch all the past episodes on the “What Douglas Dug…” YouTube playlist […]

2012 Gift Guide: Fields of Plenty: A farmer’s journey in search of real food and the people who grow it

Fields of Plenty: A farmer’s journey in search of real food and the people who grow it MIchael Ableman leaves his own farm in Canada in order to visit other organic farmers throughout the United States. He is on a search for “real food” among all the industrial agriculture that farming has become. The people […]

2012 Gift Guide: In a Mexican Garden: courtyards, pools and open-air living rooms

In a Mexican Garden: courtyards, pools and open-air living roomsGina Hyams, Melba Levick, Photographer Gorgeous photograph of all aspects of Mexican homes and gardens. I especially liked the outdoor bathrooms with all their tile or rough stone. Sure to generate lots of ideas for your own home and garden. More 2012 Gift Guide Items: Do […]