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May 2013

Garden Alphabet: Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas)

Garden Alphabet: Sweet Potato Growing food is one of the most fulfilling things you can do in your garden although growing flowers also provides much for the soul. My wife has been pushing me to grow more food for the last several years, so when these sweet potatoes started sprouting in the pantry, it seemed […]

Video: In the garden…May 3, 2013: Poor drainage makes for potato problems

“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. It looks like the potato die-off is related to poor drainage. Learn from my mistake. I plant some sunflower seeds to fill the hole and plop a zucchini and tomato into the […]

A Gift of Epiphyllum from my friend, Keri

I mentioned in a previous post that my friend Keri from Animalbytes had joined us for our trip to the Southern California Spring Garden Show last week. She grows Epiphyllum in her garden and there were tons to look at at the show. This got me a little interested in, perhaps, growing some of my […]

Garden History: “Willowmere,” Rear Admiral Aaron Ward house, 435 Bryant Avenue, Roslyn Harbor, New York (LOC)

One element I see in many older gardens is the concept of “massing” large numbers of a particular plant in one area. This is true of any garden, of course. Planting one or two specimens leaves them looking a bit forlorn, but planting 10, 20 or 30 of them gives them and edgy and a […]

Video: Magnolia grandiflora – a photo montage from A Gardener’s Notebook

A photo montage of the magnolia blooming in the neighborhood this week. For full resolution versions of these photos, visit the blog post on A Gardener’s Notebook. Do you have Magnolia in your yard or garden? What are your thoughts on these trees and how they fit in? Leave a comment and share with me […]

In the neighborhood…Magnolia grandiflora

In the neighborhood…Magnolia grandiflora Magnolia grandiflora, commonly known as the southern magnolia or bull bay, is a tree of the family Magnoliaceae native to the southeastern United States, from Virginia south to central Florida, and west to eastern Texas and Oklahoma. Reaching 27.5 m (90 ft) in height, it is a large striking evergreen tree […]

Garden Decor: Straw Bale Sofa

Straw Bale Sofa I have often used straw bales as seating in my garden, but this takes the concept to an entirely different level. The photo seems to show an arrangement for a wedding, so it makes since that you want to protect people’s clothing as well as make them as comfortable as possible. If […]

My Favorite Garden Things for April 2013 – Douglas E. Welch

As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. — Douglas Garden / Japanese garden decoration Garden / Permaculture Ideas..Trellises for Peas and Beans Garden / Growing potatoes organically: when and how to plant, hill and harvest — A Way to Garden […]