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Saturday, November 26, 2005

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #17 - Philips Aurelle 13677-0 LED Rechargeable Candle

A little light in the nighttime garden is always a nice touch. Whether you use landscape lighting, twinkle lights or a faux candle like this, a little light helps to draw people into the garden and extend a relaxing day.

Link: Philips Aurelle 13677-0 LED Rechargeable Candle

See also:
#16 Bionic Gardening Gloves
#15 Envirolite T-5 Clone & Seedling System
#14 Truly Tiny Gardens
#13 The Rural Life
#12 Urban Sanctuaries
#11 Garden House
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Friday, November 25, 2005

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #16 - Bionic Gardening Gloves

A good pair of gardening gloves can make the difference between enjoying gardening and merely tolerating. These Bionic Gardening Gloves bring a bit of high-tech to the high-touch world of gardening.

Link: Bionic Gardening Gloves

See also:
#15 Envirolite T-5 Clone & Seedling System
#14 Truly Tiny Gardens
#13 The Rural Life
#12 Urban Sanctuaries
#11 Garden House

AGN Holiday Gift Guide Items 1-10


Thursday, November 24, 2005

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #15 - Envirolite T-5 Clone & Seedling System

I haven't met a hardcore gardener yet who wasn't itching to grow something, even before the snow has melted. This propgator can provide you a jump on the season by cultivating your own seedlings, ready for the last frost of the season.

Link: #15 Envirolite T-5 Clone & Seedling System

See also:
#14 Truly Tiny Gardens
#13 The Rural Life
#12 Urban Sanctuaries
#11 Garden House

AGN Holiday Gift Guide Items 1-10


Sapling thrives from 2,000-year-old seed

Now THAT is an heirloom variety! It is amazing that some seeds can remain viable after thousands of years. I guess this points out the truly elegant evolution of plants to perpetuate the species.

JERUSALEM, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Israeli scientists say a sapling germinated earlier this year from a 2,000-year-old date palm seed is thriving.

"It's 80 centimeters (three feet) high with nine leaves, and it looks great," Sarah Sallon, director of the Hadassah Medical Organization's Louis L. Borick Natural Medicine Research Center in Jerusalem, told National Geographic News. (Continued at link below)

(Via Science Daily)

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #14 - Truly Tiny Gardens

You don't need a large space to have a wonderful garden. This book shows you a myriad of ways to make the best out of what you are given.

Link: Truly Tiny Gardens

See also:
#13 The Rural Life
#12 Urban Sanctuaries
#11 Garden House

AGN Holiday Gift Guide Items 1-10


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #13 - The Rural Life

Verlyn Klinkenborg's The Rural Life is a collection of previous work from the New York Times and other publications. It is a philosophical and touching series of memories from the farm life he grew up with and later re-created after time spent living in the city.

Link: The Rural Life

See also:
#12 Urban Sanctuaries
#11 Garden House

AGN Holiday Gift Guide Items 1-10


Monday, November 21, 2005

Wisteria Trellis

This afternoon I finally tackled the rejuvenation of the wisteria trellis in the back garden. This trellis is at least 15 years old, and perhaps even older. In our 10 years in the house we have done absolutely nothing to the trellis or the wisteria growing there.

The lattice, the typical stuff from Home Depot, across the top of the trellis acted as a basket for all the leaf litter of the 3 large trees that surround it, as well as the wisteria itself. There was so much litter up there that I was beginning to wonder if the extra weight might be making the entire structure unstable.

Now, though, the entire structure stands bare. The lattice top is removed, as are all the the sprawling wisteria vines and the leaf litter. It looks quite different now and just a bit sad. Built out of 2x4 and not 4x4, the structure is basically worn out. It sags to one side, even without the extra weight and all the structural/decorative corner blocks have split and the screws have pulled out. The decorative lattice-work sides have been spit and driven apart by the insistent vines until entire frames have shattered.

Finally, the termites (and other bugs) have had a field day with the wood. It doesn't even look like redwood was used to build the trellis, although, perhaps it was pressure-treated lumber at one time. While I didn't see any area that had failed entirely, there was much evidence of insect damage.

So, I guess this means that I need to get a new pergola up in this spot sometime before the wisteria leaves Winter dormancy. I had hoped to make some simple repairs to the existing trellis, but I think I knew in the back of my mind that a replacement was necessary. Luckily, I have some close friends, Don and Susie, who are landscapers and landscape designers. I am sure they can help me come up with a suitable replacement in return for a little computer consulting. Thank goodness for friends.

Any new structure would be built out of 4x4 with some allowance for protection from weather and insects. The current vertical posts are simply set in the ground. Perhaps we should raise the new ones on some piers or in holes with better drainage.

I am sure the wisteria will recover, regardless of the structure. It will be a slow recovery for the next several years, but that is good, as it will allow me to prune it into shape each Fall and not let it get out of hand so badly. I fully intend to treat it with a heavier hand each season instead of letting run wild.

I will keep you informed of my plans with the trellis and I would be interested in hearing what solutions you have devised for your own gardens. Leave your comments using the Comments link below.

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #12 - Urban Sanctuaries

Another great book for garden "dreaming." We all need new ideas to energize our gardens and books like this provide them on every page.

See also:
#11 Garden House

AGN Holiday Gift Guide Items 1-10


Sunday, November 20, 2005

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #11 - Garden House by Bonnie Trust Dahan

Why should the garden remain in the garden? Here are hundreds of ideas for bringing your garden inside and, even better, blurring the difference between them. Great text and gorgeous photos let your garden house dreams take flight.

See also:
AGN Holiday Gift Guide Items 1-10