Displaying posts published in

January 2013

Video: Container Vegetable Update 010 – Basil and peppermint and spinach and strawberries!

In this update, Basil and peppermint and spinach and strawberries! An overview of the containers since I moved them into a sunnier spot. Can’t see the video above? Watch “Container Vegetable Garden Update 010” on YouTube Watch the “Container Vegetable Garden” Playlist for all related videos Please like this video and/or subscribe to my channel […]

Garden Vocabulary: Humus

This Garden Vocabulary series seeks to introduce and explain to you — and in many cases, myself — words and terms associated with gardening. Please let me know if  there are any terms you would like me to explore. You can leave your ideas in the comments section and we can learn together! Humus In soil science, […]

Books on Hold: The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty from Brandywine Cottage

Books on Hold is a blog series dedicated to books I have seen in passing and then requested from my local library. See more in the series at the end of this blog post. — Douglas The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty from Brandywine Cottage  * Discovered via Dirt Therapy From Amazon.com… “Brandywine Cottage […]

Garden Inventory: Nandina domestica (Heavenly Bamboo)

Garden Inventory is a series where I begin an inventory of all the plants and trees in my garden. Along with some of my own pictures, I will link to various sources of information about each plant and tree so we can learn a little more together. I would also like to highlight your special plants […]

Video: In the garden…short: Onions sprouting already!

“In the garden…” is a series for A Gardener’s Notebook highlighting what is happening in my garden, my friend’s gardens and California gardens throughout the seasons. I was really surprised to see these onions sprouts pushing out of the soil today as it seems I just planted them a few days ago. Watch all the past “In the […]

Garden Alphabet: Kniphofia “Red Hot Poker”

Link: Kniphofia from Wikipedia.org Books from Amazon.com: Plants from Amazon.com: Previously in Garden Alphabet: Bougainvillea Brugmansia Ecualyptus Nandina Orange Paperwhites Read more on this topic: Garden Alphabet: Orange Garden Alphabet: Bougainvillea Garden Alphabet: Eucalyptus Garden Alphabet: Brugmansia Garden Alphabet: Nandina

Interesting Plant: Black Forest Calla Lily

Quite a striking flower. Even though it is more deep purple than true black, it certainly makes a statement. Not sure why I am on such a black plant kick in these first two entries in the Interesting Plants series, but these are simply what caught my eye. I am looking for new, interesting plants […]

Video: The Peterson Garden Project in Chicago, Illinois

  The Peterson Garden Project is a not-for-profit organization (Chicago, IL) looking to inspire everyone they meet to grown their own food and community. If you love the taste of a homegrown tomato, are curious about growing food yourself, and would like to make urban gardening the norm, not the exception — then they’re looking […]

Interesting Plant: Black Bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra)

I came across this photo of Black Bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra) on Pinterest and was immediately taken with it. It looks so dramatic with its dark canes against the green foliage. Unfortunately, as it grows to over 30 feet tall, I don’t think I have a spot for it in my garden. Still, I wanted to […]

Garden Alphabet: Orange

  Link: Orange from Wikipedia.org Previously in Garden Alphabet: Bougainvillea Brugmansia Ecualyptus Nandina Paperwhites Read more on this topic: Garden Alphabet: Eucalyptus Garden Alphabet: Bougainvillea Garden Alphabet: Nandina Garden Alphabet: Brugmansia Photo: Orange blossom time here in Southern California