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Douglas E. Welch

“Cookies and More” Holiday Special — We want your stories, recipes, advice and more

Cookies and More Holiday Special A Holiday Special from WelchWrite.com Each year I make over 80 dozen cookies and candies for our annual Cookie Party. After 15+ years of putting this party together, I have collected a lot of cookie stories, recipes and advice. This year, I am putting together “Cookies and More for the […]

Gardening Gift Guide # 7: Coppertop Caged Bird Feeder

# 7 Coppertop Caged Bird Feeder Birds and other wildlife are an important part of any garden. Why not give them an attractive place to feed? I have a similar bird feeder in my garden and it has stood up will to the harsh, sunny, conditions better than any plastic feeder. UV light damages plastics […]

Gardening Gift Guide # 6: Pat Welsh’s Southern California Organic Gardening: Month by Month

# 6 Pat Welsh’s Southern California Organic Gardening: Month by Month Welsh’s previous month-by-month guide has been a constant companion in my gardening journeys over the years and it is great to see her offer this organic version. Gardening in Southern California is quite different from other areas with odd seasons, hyper-local micro-climates and a […]

Gardening Gift Guide # 5: Anthony Eglin Gardening Mysteries

# 5 English Garden Mysteries by Anthony Eglin I have quite enjoyed this series of garden-related mystery novels by Anthony Eglin over the years. They follow the adventures of Professor Lawrence Kingston, gardening expert, as he finds himself drawn into the machinations of various evil doers, all thanks to some very special plants and gardens. […]

Gardening Gift Guide # 4: Troy-Bilt TB154E 6.5 Amp Electric Front Tine Forward Rotating Garden Tiller/Cultivator

# 4 Troy-Bilt TB154E 6.5 Amp Electric Front Tine Forward Rotating Garden Tiller/Cultivator When I moved to Los Angeles 22 years ago, I left behind my grandmother’s ½ acre garden and our own ¼ acre plot behind the house. I thought little of gardening for almost 10 years. Some people are good with houseplants. I […]

What visits and lives in your garden?

Spider web this morning, originally uploaded by dewelch. You can judge a garden by the company it keeps. Regular visitors and inhabitants let you know that it is healthy and a good place to live. This spider web showed up a few mornings ago. We have a good collection of insects in the garden, both […]

Gardening Gift Guide # 3: The 3,000 Mile Garden: An Exchange of Letters Between Two Eccentric Gourmet Gardeners

# 3 The 3,000 Mile Garden: An Exchange of Letters Between Two Eccentric Gourmet Gardeners Two gardeners, one in Maine and one in London, carry on a correspondence on gardening, gardens and their effects on those who tend them. One of my favorite books. All Gift Guide Recommendations: # 2 Fiskars 9625 18-Inch PowerGear Bypass […]

Gardening Gift Guide # 2: Fiskars 9625 18-Inch PowerGear Bypass Lopper

# 2 Fiskars 9625 18-Inch PowerGear Bypass Lopper I am big fan of Fiskars tools and my older version of these pruners continues to work amazingly well. A few years ago, I busted the blades while trying to cut a branch that was too large. At the time, and I think still to this day, […]

Gardening Gift Guide # 1: Bosmere K767 Garden Compost Bin

# 1 Bosmere K767 Garden Compost Bin I have had 2 of these bins for the past 8-9 seasons and they are going strong. I was lucky enough to get mine at a discount via our local recycling and composting program, but I see them listed here on Amazon.com and you might be able to […]

Fiskars looking for Project Orange Thumb grant applications

This item comes from the Growing a Greener World Twitter feed… Sowing the Seeds of Community Change As a leader in the lawn and garden industry, Fiskars believes in contributing to the growing community garden effort and all it represents — creative expression, beautiful outdoor spaces, civic and community collaboration, healthy hand-grown food and sustainable […]