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January 2014

Photo: New onions rising in the garden

Our latest batch of onion sets are rising in the garden! Read more on this topic: Video: In the garden…Planting Onions – December 30, 2012 Photo: Sweet potato harvest and Snowflakes rising Video: In the garden…March 14, 2013 – Sweet Potatoes rising, an unknown squash and more Video: In the garden…short: Onions sprouting already! Video: […]

Video: In the garden…short!: January 9, 2014: Onion sets pushing out of the ground

Our onion sets are pushing out of the ground for the beginning of another growing season..   Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “Container Garden Update 10” Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s Notebook” now available as a Kindle eBook. (You don’t need a Kindle to read […]

Video: In the garden…January 7, 2014: Pruning the wisteria

Time to prune the wisteria on the backyard pergola while it is still dormant. It is probably a but late, but better late than never.   Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “Container Garden Update 10“ Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s Notebook” now available as a […]

Interesting Plant: Linderniaceae (formerly Torenia) Kuaui Deep Blue

Interesting Plant: Linderniaceae (formerly Torenia) Kuaui Deep Blue The purplish-blue of these flowers caught my eye as I scrolled through Pinterest the other day. The ability to browse visually through all the pins is one things that makes me like Pinterest so much. It is part social media and part serendipity as you stumble across something you have never […]

Garden Alphabet: Matilija Poppy (Romneya)

Garden Alphabet: Matilija Poppy (Romneya) It is a big surprise that these huge plants and flowers are actually California natives. Typical natives here are small in stature to preserve the rare moisture we receive here. These are huge show-offs though. They make quite a statement in anyone’s garden. The original photo for this entry was taken […]

Video: Interesting interaction between Cooper’s Hawk and Fox Squirrel (Accipter cooperii and Sciurus niger)

Interesting interaction between Cooper’s Hawk and Fox Squirrel (Accipter cooperii and Sciurus niger) I recorded this interesting interaction between a Cooper’s Hawk and Fox Squirrel (Accipter cooperii and Sciurus niger) in the garden yesterday. The landed with a fresh kill and the squirrel seemed to be pressuring the hawk to move along. See more of […]

13 of My Favorite Garden Things for December 2013

  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 Get new shared links as I find them via my social media feeds:       Garden / 14 Eco-Friendly Christmas Tree Alternatives to Green Your Holidays Garden / Get a […]

What I’m Reading…: What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses by Daniel Chamovitz

  What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses Daniel Chamovitz  This is certainly on the geekier side of my reading list, but when I am came across this book it intrigued me immediately. The combination of plants, science and, by extension, gardening seemed like an interesting combination. I have not been disappointed […]

Top 20 Blog Posts for 2013 from A Gardener’s Notebook

  Looking back over my stats, like a lot of folks today, I see that these were the Top 20 blog posts A Gardner’s Notebook for 2013 DIY: PVC Pipe Strawberry Planter Project: Steel pipe garden edging Propagating pittosporum Elsewhere: Cooper’s Hawk in the birdbath – my video and photos from Animalbytes.net Elsewhere: Recycled Garden […]