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July 2014

Video: In the garden…July 31, 2014: Basil, lemons and strawberries

We check in on the basil cuttings, our lemon tree and the strawberry pot.  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 it, though. Read it on your PC, Link: http://j.mp/fagnbook Watch all past episodes of “In the garden…” in this YouTube […]

Garden Decor: H Potter Copper Window Box Planter

H Potter Copper Window Box Planter Again, more copper elements for the garden. Not sure what attracts me to copper, but it must be something deep within my psyche, as I always notice it wherever I go. REAL COPPER not just a copper finish. Excellent drainage. Mounting brackets allow you to mount under windows or […]

Flowering Now: Cactus Flower

Cactus Flower (Unknown) My wife picked up this succulent planter at a garage sale somewhere over the years and we added some cacti and succulents to it over the years, so I truly have no idea the name of this cactus at all. It does bloom very prettily on occasion, though, so I thought I […]

Noted: Why Carrots Are Orange and Not Purple via The Kitchn

Why Carrots Are Orange and Not Purple via The Kitchn At the grocery store you probably see only two kinds of carrots: baby carrots, and the long ones with the green tops. Both of them are orange. If you’re lucky you might see a couple colorful carrots at your farmers market that are white, yellow, […]

Sharing beauty as well as food… — from A Gardener’s Notebook with Douglas E. Welch

  “While food stuffs like produce can fill a hungry stomach, you can also provide some food for the soul. Do you have more ornamental flowers than you can possibly display? Perhaps your local garden group can get together and build floral arrangements for a local senior center, hospice or hospital. Sharing the beauty of […]

Noted: Hidden Gardens of Los Angeles via Animalbytes

Hidden Gardens of Los Angeles via Animalbytes Here and there in the corners of the city, there are wonderful public gardens. I’m spotlighting a few of them on The Earth Minute (theearthminute.com). Each profile offers a one-minute video of the location and details on parking, accessibility, and amenities. The Malibu Legacy Park offers native plants, […]

Noted: Concrete Block Planters And Raised Beds via Improvised Life

Concrete Block Planters And Raised Beds via Improvised Life Concrete Block Planters And Raised Beds In addition to a cool shipping pallet table, we found another great DIY at Urban Garden Center: a concrete block planter (below). We’d seen images of them before like the one above that houses succulents and at this Pinterest devoted […]

Summer in the Garden: Reclaim Metal Barrel Trolley

I am always keeping a eye out for decent products for my own garden — even if they are just for my wish list. Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting a series of products that might fit in my garden — or yours! — Douglas Reclaim Metal Barrel Trolley While […]

Garden Alphabet: Vinca

Vinca These lovely Vinca flowers comes from the garden of our Sicilian family near Mascalucia, Francesca had several lovely pots of these flower scattered around the yard. This was her garden, close to the house and distinct from the more “productive” garden of fruit and nut trees and a large free-growing patch of basil behind […]

Midsummer Book Sale — All My Kindle Books 99¢ each for the next 30 Days!

That’s right! As a special Midsummer treat to all my loyal readers, listeners and viewers, all my books are now just 99¢ each for the next 30 days! Offer expires August 24, 2014 For career-minded types, there is my original book, The High-Tech Career Handbook, Cultivating You Career Reputations and, for those looking to decide […]