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Saturday, November 19, 2005

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #10 - Tall Copper Birdbath

I love having birds in my garden. I can sit in my home office and look out to all the activity in the garden. This is such a nice balance to all the technology that surrounds me. This tall copper birdbath would be a great addition to any garden, formal or inform.

Link: Tall Copper Birdbath

See also:
#9 Architecture in the Garden by James Van Sweden
#8 Muck Chore Boots
#7 Astonica Autumn Leaf Bench
#6 GE SmartHome Weather Station with Forecast
#5 Pat Welsh's Southern California Gardening
#4 Fiskers Power Gear Loppers
#3 Potting Bench
#2 Cedar Bird Feeder
#1 Fiskers Pruners


Friday, November 18, 2005

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #9 - Architecture in the Garden by James Van Sweden

I came across this book while browsing my local bookstore. Its thoughtful discussions (and beautiful pictures) combining architecture and gardening are a refreshing change from the usual gardening books.

Link: Architecture in the Garden by James Van Sweden

See also:
#8 Muck Chore Boots
#7 Astonica Autumn Leaf Bench
#6 GE SmartHome Weather Station with Forecast
#5 Pat Welsh's Southern California Gardening
#4 Fiskers Power Gear Loppers
#3 Potting Bench
#2 Cedar Bird Feeder
#1 Fiskers Pruners

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Up on the roof!

I was so proud of myself last week. On the day before the rains arrived I took an hour out of my afternoon, after doing computer consulting work all morning, to climb up on the roof to remove all the leaves and empty all the gutters. Despite my better judgment, and having no one else handy, I had to do it alone. I don't like doing this, as there should always be someone around to dial 911, if necessary. Luckily, I completed the job without incident.

During the first rain, the debris filled gutters overflowed and made a bigger mess on the patio than usual. I didn't want to see that happen again, or see the gutters ripped off the house due to the extra weight. This is one curse of having so many beautiful trees on the property, though. You have to be vigilant about cleaning roof, since the leaves can actually cause the water to dam up and seep under the shingles.

We don't have many gutters on the house, just a few, pitiful feet running around the patio and the garage. We need to add gutters and fascia board all around the house, but that will probably have to wait until next Spring. We don't have too many water problems around the house, but gutters would probably be a nice feature and help to keep the stucco clean. Maybe I could even buy some rain barrels at catch a bit of this liquid sunshine for use in Spring and Summer? I have thought about it, but other projects come first on the priority list.

Of course, this week brought high winds shaking all the trees and, wouldn't you know it. The roof looks like I didn't even touch it. Oh well, such are the troubles of the Fall.

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #8 - Muck Chore Boots

A perfect gardener gift to get them ready for Spring. As gardeners, we all seem to want to get back in the garden long before the weather makes it easy. These boots keep your feet warm and dry, even on the muddiest Spring day.

Link: Muck Chore Boots
See also:
#7 Astonica Autumn Leaf Bench
#6 GE SmartHome Weather Station with Forecast
#5 Pat Welsh's Southern California Gardening
#4 Fiskers Power Gear Loppers
#3 Potting Bench
#2 Cedar Bird Feeder
#1 Fiskers Pruners

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #7 - Astonica Autumn Leaf Bench

I have a bench similar to this in the back garden and it always attracts people during our yearly garden party. There is something special about sitting on a park bench and gazing at the the garden.

See also:
#6 GE SmartHome Weather Station with Forecast
#5 Pat Welsh's Southern California Gardening
#4 Fiskers Power Gear Loppers
#3 Potting Bench
#2 Cedar Bird Feeder
#1 Fiskers Pruners

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #6 - GE SmartHome Weather Station w/ Forecast

I have an older model of this unit and really like it. The wireless receivers sit out on a tree in the garden and the base station is right next to my computer. I also have a similar unit in the front of the house. I don't use it for the forecasting feature very much, but more for deciding when to open and close the windows during the summer. We can avoid running our air conditioning quite a bit if we take advantage of the cool evenings.

Link: GE SmartHome Weather Station with Forecast

See also:
#5 Pat Welsh's Southern California Gardening
#4 Fiskers Power Gear Loppers
#3 Potting Bench
#2 Cedar Bird Feeder
#1 Fiskers Pruners

Monday, November 14, 2005

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #5 - Pat Welsh's Southern California Gardening

This is my favorite gardening book and the first one I picked up when we bought our house. It has nothing but garden front and back and, coming from Ohio, I felt the need for a region specific, month-by-month guide to help me out.

See also:

#4 Fiskers Power Gear Loppers
#3 Potting Bench
#2 Cedar Bird Feeder
#1 Fiskers Pruners

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Green Roofs

Inhabitat has a great article on why, where and how of green roofs in urban areas. While they might not be the same as a long stroll through the woods, they can be some of the nicest gardens you could visit, while saving hundreds of thousands of dollars and helping to mitigate a variety of environmental issues.

See the end of the article for more information on green roofs.


GREEN ROOFS

American cities have a surprising amount of wasted open space. Even in densely packed urban areas like New York City, the prime real estate atop roofs is given much less consideration than one would expect from a populace that values each square foot of space so highly. This oversight is a real shame, because there is so much that can be done to improve the local environment and quality of life, simply by fixing up a roof.



The average city rooftop is layered with black tar, a material which traps sunlight and heat, raising the temperature of the surrounding area. The heat trapped by dark, flat roofs elevates city temperatures as much as ten degrees Fahrenheit - contributing to what scientists call the "urban heat island" effect.


(Via Inhabitat.)

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #4 - Fiskers Power Gear Loppers

These are great loppers, although smaller than the usual one's you might find in the typical garden tookkit. They are great for working inside dense trees and shrubs. They also come with a lifetime guarantee. I broke the blades on mine, returned them to my local home store and walked out with a brand new set. Very cool!

See also:
#3 Potting Bench
#2 Cedar Bird Feeder
#1 Fiskers Pruners