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Douglas E. Welch

Gift Guide 2013: The Drunken Botanist: The plants that create the world’s great drinks by Amy Stewart

The drunken botanist : the plants that create the world’s great drinks I love gardening and I love imbibing, so what could be better than a book on both?! Learn about all the botanicals that go into making your favorite beers, liquors and cocktails. A Wonderful Read! From Amazon.com… “Sake began with a grain of […]

Video: In the garden…November 9, 2013: Saturday Catch-up in the Garden

I take out 2 small dead pine trees, finish off the triangular area we turned into a raised bed months ago, plant 2 lavendar cuttings I raised on the potting bench and “hill” the sweet potatoes once again. Whew! Busy day in the garden. Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: […]

Video: Fall Color 2013 in the San Fernando Valley

Photo montage from of some Fall Color here in the San Fernando Valley. Photos used in this video can be found in this photo set, Fall Arrives in the San Fernando Valley 2013. Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “Container Vegetable Garden Update 8 – Squirrels a-diggin’” and “In the […]

Interesting Plant: Anemone

Interesting Plant: Anemone Discovered via Pinterest User, Gina Marino †☠Mystical Enchantments☠† Anemone /əˈnɛməniː/, is a genus of about 120 species of flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae, native to thetemperate zones. It is closely related to Pulsatilla (‘Pasque flower’) and Hepatica; some botanists include both of these genera within Anemone. Anemone are perennials that have basal leaves with long leaf-stems that can be upright or prostrate. Leaves are simple or compound with lobed, […]

Video: In the garden…November 3, 2013: Literally “In the garden” with the bulbs

 I am literally in the garden and down with the bulbs in today’s episode.   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 […]

13 of My Favorite Gardening Things for October 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 / Kevin West’s Saving the Season Garden / 10 Best Trees and Shrubs for Fall Color Garden / Let the bulb planting start! Garden / 10 Ways to Clean Your […]

Photos: Fall Arrives in the San Fernando Valley 2013

A short walk through the neighborhood today yielded these shots of some of the rare Fall color we get here in Southern California. The liquidambar trees offer a bit of red and yellow which, at least, gives a small feeling of the changing season. Here are a few pictures from the set. You can click […]

Interesting Plant: Allium Cowanii

Interesting Plant: Allium Cowanii Discovered via Pinterest User, Shirley Wilkerson   I have always found allium quite beautiful, and there is something about the color and shape of Allium cowanii that caught my eye especially. The flowers almost look like snowdrops/snowflake flowers grouped together on a larger stem. Maybe it is this similarity that makes me like […]

Video: In the garden…Prepping and Storing Dried Herbs

Today I package up the herbs (peppermint, oregano and lemon thyme) I set up to dry in a previous episode. (See this earlier episode – In the garden…October 4, 2013: Harvesting herbs and radishes) Rains are coming and I wanted to get them set aside before they absorbed moisture again Check out what was happening […]

Video: In the garden…October 23, 2013: Replacing a damaged soaker hose

Replacing a damaged soaker hose in the garden today Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “What Douglas Dug… Show 006 – Gates, structures, walls and more! “ 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, […]