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Douglas E. Welch

Project: Steel pipe garden edging

You have probably seen my photos and videos of our wine bottle garden edging project. This photo shows a similar approach using an entirely different material. I am not sure where you would source enough of this pipe cheaply, but obviously this person did. One issue with using unique items for your garden edging is […]

Video: Vertical Garden Installation at Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, CA

We haven’t made a trip out to Descanso recently, but this would certainly be cool to see in person. There is a lot of interest in vertical gardening lately and this does it on a grand scale. Link: Descanso Gardens Web Site Vertical Garden Installation at Descanso Gardens from Descanso Gardens on Vimeo.   Read […]

DIY: PVC Pipe Strawberry Planter

Vertical growing, whether upside down (tomatoes) or right side up (the strawberries below) has been a big trend of late. The fact is though, vertical growing has long been a way to make the most of small space. Espalier is a way of pruning fruit trees to have them grow in a flat plane i.e. […]

A Gardener’s Notebook Facebook page reaches 100 “Likes”

Today, Becka was the 100th person to “like” our page on Facebook. I maintain that page for those people whom use Facebook more than any other service. The more readers, the merrier, no matter where they might be. It is also another space for use to share pictures and talk gardening. If you know someone […]

Elsewhere: Recycled Garden Tool Organization

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Here a recycled rake head is used as a hand tool holder in the garden. Garden frugality at its best. Source: diyideas.com via Kathleen on Pinterest Read more on this topic: Elsewhere: DIY shade finder tool takes the tedium out of solar surveys Gardening Gift Guide #14: Fiskars […]

Education: Southwest Yard and Garden Series – Season 1 from iTunes U

There is a host of great information available from universities and organizations around the world via iTunes U. Over the next several weeks, I will be highlighting some of the more interesting shows and classes that I find there. You can check out the entire catalog at the iTunes U information page ordirectly in iTunes. Southwest Yard […]

NEWS: Bonsai stamps released in the US

Despite the problems facing the US Post Office, it is nice to see them still producing some pretty nice stamps. Here are some of the most recent examples, dedicated to bonsai. Click through to the article for larger images. Bonsai With these five stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the beauty of bonsai. The word […]

Project: One Board Birdhouse

I made a few of these with my son and they are a great project to do with kids or with any group. You could even make a fundraiser out of this where the kids build and then paint/augment the design. Due to its design you don’t really need any power tools at all, although […]

News: UCLA’s plans to sell Japenese garden stirs un-Zen-like uproar

I would hope that some arrangement could be developed, but the property is worth so much money that it is difficult to see how it can be maintained in its current state. A great loss after so many years brought on by the governmental stalemate but state wide and nationally. UCLA’s plans to sell Japenese […]

Photos: Today in the neighborhood

Whenever we take our usual walk through the neighborhood I the my camera with me, just in case we see something interesting. Today turned up the fruit and plants below including grapefruit, figs, and a couple of neat looking trees. Are you a big user of Google+ or Facebook. You can join the Gardener’s Notebook […]