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Douglas E. Welch

In the news for Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Urban homesteaders find ideal ground in Altadena Neighbors swap produce, honey, eggs and much more in Altadena, where the urban homesteading movement has produced much more than sustenance. March 10, 2011 Los Angeles Times By Veronique de Turenne Sometimes, the peach on a backyard tree is just a peach, a sweet, home-grown bonus. In certain […]

In the news for Monday, March 14, 2011

The Dry Garden: Southern California’s most interesting experiment in water-wise landscaping March 12, 2011, Los Angeles Times, Emily Green “Spotting a pumpkin identified as a gourd prompted Leigh Adams to write John Lyons. She was (and is) an expert in gourd-craft as well as the artist-in-residence at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. […]

AGN Gardening Events Calendar

Check out these gardening events in the Southern California area and elsewhere around the world. If you hosting gardening-related events, let me know and I will add them to the calendar. Read more on this topic: Gardening Gift Guide #11: Sunset Western Garden Book Gardening Gift Guide #10: Wellington Boots First Daffodils and my Google-based […]

Photo: Freesia

Freesia, originally uploaded by dewelch. A lovely freesia arrives as the earlier bulbs (paperwhites, Snowbells and daffodils) fade. Taken with Instagram iPhone app. Read more on this topic: The bulbs have arrived in the garden again Photo: Daffodils at Sunset First Daffodils and my Google-based gardening calendar Snowbells Ash tree in Winter

Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival, March 19-20, 2011

Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011. (818) 949 4200 The flowering of cherry trees is celebrated around the world as a herald of spring. Descanso Gardens will welcome the season with a new, Japanese-themed Cherry Blossom Festival on March 19 and 20. Witness a traditional Japanese tea ceremony – or watch […]

Event: Seeds, Please: Collecting, Processing and Storing Native Plant Seed with Genevieve Arnold

March 17, 2011 Seeds, Please: Collecting, Processing and Storing Native Plant Seed with Genevieve Arnold $20 The LA County Arboretum 301 North Baldwin Avenue Arcadia, CA 626-821-4623 Native seed ain’t just for the birds! This class will guide you through the fun and easy experience of gathering, cleaning and saving seed from your own native […]

Elsewhere Online: Branch: A Cool New LED Garden Light Styled to Look Like a Twig

These lights do indeed look cool,  as described on Inhabitat… “We’re big fans of all of the futuristic new LED lights that have been popping up, but sometimes their shiny, modern looks distract from an outdoor space’s natural beauty. That’s why we were delighted when Modular Lighting Instruments introduced us to Branch. Branch is a series of […]

Food: Homemade Ginger Beer

I was watching an episode of River Cottage, a UK food show a few weeks ago and came across this easy method for making your own ginger beer. The same method could be applied to almost any flavoring that you might want. I recommend fresh ingredients over dried or artificial. If you are going to […]

Giveaway: Melissa’s Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce by Cathy Thomas

“Like” the Gardener’s Notebook Facebook page before March 31, 2011 for a chance to win my review copy of Melissa’s Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce by Cathy Thomas. I will randomly pick a Facebook “fan” to receive the book. Review: Melissa’s Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce by Cathy Thomas Whenever I am talking with people […]

AGN is now on Facebook

I set up a Facebook page for A Gardener’s Notebook a long time ago, but never really promoted or activated it. If you prefer to interact on Facebook, you can now join the AGN page and keep up with the new items and discussion along with all your other Facebook content. Read more on this […]