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Friday, December 09, 2005

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #30 - OXO Good Grips 6-Piece Container Garden Set

Thursday, December 08, 2005

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #29 - Bonsai Tool Kit, Student 5 Piece Set

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #28 - Culinary Herb Garden Kit

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #27 - The 3000-Mile Garden

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #26 - Two Wheel - 8 CUFT Polyethelyne Wheelbarrow

One problem with my rear garden is that there is no way to get equipment or material in there easily. Everything has to pass through one of the narrow allys or through the garage. This can make moving compost, topsoil and gravel a real pain. Hence, today's gift guide choice. A good wheelbarrow is a must when doing any major work in our garden. I like this 2-wheel design especailly as I was never very good at balancing the one-wheel variety. I remember dumping quite a few loads when I was young and helping my Grandma Welch in her large vegetable garden..There was a load of potato sprouts once....oh, well. (SMILE)

Link: #26 Two Wheel - 8 CUFT Polyethelyne Wheelbarrow

See Also:
#25 Trowel & Error: Over 700 Shortcuts, Tips & Remedies for the Gardener
#24 Cottage Living Magazine
#23 Sunset Western Garden
#22 Stone Style
#21 Tabletop Gardens

AGN Holiday Gift Guide Items 11-20
AGN Holiday Gift Guide Items 1-10

Monday, December 05, 2005

A Beginner's First Bonsai by Brent Walston

A great introduction to the art of creating your own bonsai trees with lots of links to additional information.

A Beginner's First Bonsai by Brent Walston

Introduction

Don't 'buy a bonsai'. That is a poor way to begin this fascinating hobby and usually doomed to failure. Bonsai is not about 'owning' bonsai plants, but rather the enjoyment of caring for them and especially creating them.
One learns the basics of bonsai best by creating them, even your first one. Without these basics, it is unreasonable to expect that someone could keep one alive, let alone maintaining it as art. There is also the cost factor. Any 'real' bonsai will take at least five years of development to be convincing. To buy such a bonsai would cost several hundred dollars. Of course you can find 'mall bonsai' everywhere, even grocery stores. These are junk, they are not bonsai. A two year old juniper cutting plunked unceremoniously into a bonsai pot is not bonsai. It is the care and training that makes bonsai; these plants have none. (Continued)

Link: A Beginner's First Bonsai


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Sunday, December 04, 2005

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #25 - Trowel & Error: Over 700 Shortcuts, Tips & Remedies for the Gardener

Here is another book that I have found fun and informative. This collection of tips and hints is great for the beginning or intermediate gardener, especially if you are looking for non-toxic (at least to you and yours) ways of handling pests and infections in your garden.

Link: #25 Trowel & Error: Over 700 Shortcuts, Tips & Remedies for the Gardener

See Also:
#24 Cottage Living Magazine
#23 Sunset Western Garden
#22 Stone Style
#21 Tabletop Gardens

AGN Holiday Gift Guide Items 11-20
AGN Holiday Gift Guide Items 1-10