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February 2019

Historical Garden Books: Crop growing and crop feeding; a book for the farm, garden and orchard, with special reference to the practical methods of using commercial fertilizers therein (1901)by Wilbur Fisk Massey – 33 in a Series

Archive.org has a host of old gardening books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of  Historical Garden Books: […]

Event: Tomatomania San Fernando Valley, March 16-18, 2019

Tapia Brothers, Encino, CA – March 16-18 For almost 20 years one of Los Angeles’ oldest garden traditions meets one of its newest sensations as Tapia Brothers Farm Stand hosts the largest of the TOMATOMANIA! seedling sales. We’ll showcase almost 300 tomato varieties (yes, you read that right) and offer everything you’ll need to have the most successful tomato […]

Bonsai via Instagram

What do you think about bonsai? Leave a comment and share! Bonsai A small, simple bonsai spotted @armstronggarden near me. I am always amazed at the delicate, miniature representations of bonsai, even if I don’t think I could ever develop the skill or patience necessary to create my own. I can always appreciate them, though. 😀… and the hard […]

10 Easy Pieces: Wood Compost Bins via Gardenista

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get started composting, but if you are so inclined, here are a number of fancy methods to get you started in creating your own soil amendments. — Douglas Stylish compost? Not an oxymoron. Here are 10 of our favorite wood compost bins and composting systems, in […]

Camellia Bloom via Instagram

What is your favorite color of flower? Leave a comment and share! Camellia Bloom While they only bloom for a short period of time each year, Camellia certainly carry a large flower bang for your gardening buck. There are so many different varieties, flower forms and colors that nearly any gardener can find a camellia they […]

Garden Decor: Cute Recycled Metal Sunflower

What is your favorite garden decor? Share your thoughts in the comments! Garden Decor: Cute Recycled Metal Sunflower Always one to reduce, reuse, recycle myself, I was happy to find this gem at the local @armstronggarden a few days ago. I think this had just the right amount of cute and kitsch for my own garden without falling […]

Lavender via Instagram

What is your favorite scent or herb? Leave a comment and share! Lavender We have quite a bit of lavender here in the garden. My wife loves it both for its look and its lovely scent and it grows well in the Mediterranean climate here in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.  I haven’t purchased […]

Saucer Magnolia/Magnolia × soulangeana via Instagram

What is your favorite springtime flower? Leave a comment and share! Saucer Magnolia/Magnolia × soulangeana Each Los Angeles winter/spring these saucer magnolia trees throughout the neighborhood spring to life. They are striking for a number of reasons but I think the main reason is the fact the the flowers appear of bare limbs, before their leaves. […]

Historical Seed Catalogs: Farm, flower & garden seeds by A.A. Berry Seed Co (1905) – 21 in a series

Archive.org has a host of old seed catalogs (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]

Purple Power via Instagram

Do You Like Purple flowers? Yes/No? Leave a comment and share! Purple Power via Instagram Purple has always been one of my favorite colors and this deep purple hits the spot perfectly.  I also appreciate the simple petal arrangement. You don’t always need double or triple blooms to make something look amazing. Sometimes that just feels […]