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Douglas E. Welch

Gardening Gift Guide # 9: Wells Lamont Wet and Muddy Latex Coated Gardening Glove

# 9Wells Lamont Wet and Muddy Latex Coated Gardening Glove If your garden gets a little muddy, these are a great addition to your gardening kit. Cloth and leather gloves can get soggy and uncomfortable much too quickly, but these gloves will allow you to work longer, with a better grip. I especially like to […]

Gardening Gift Guide # 8: Garden Crafts

# 8 Garden Crafts I came across this book years ago, but saw it again in the library and was reminded how nice it is. There are some great ideas for nearly every type of garden, along with detailed instructions. The photography is great and really gives you a clear idea how each piece is […]

“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, […]