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Saturday, December 17, 2005

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #35 - Garden Stone: Creative Ideas, Practical Projects, and Inspiration for Purely Decorative Uses

Friday, December 16, 2005

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #34 - California Top 10 Garden Guide

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #33 - Annuals for Every Purpose

I am always looking for new plants, but never really cared much for annual plants. I garden by benign neglect and couldn't see myself replanting each and every year. Of course, here in California, many annuals can be grown as perennials. So I think I might try out a few of the suggestions from this book.

Link: #33 Annuals for Every Purpose

Link: More books on annual plants
See Also:
#32 Robbing the Bees by Holley Bishop
#31 Mini Solar Fountain
AGN Holiday Gift Guide Items 21-30
AGN Holiday Gift Guide Items 11-20
AGN Holiday Gift Guide Items 1-10

Monday, December 12, 2005

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #32 - Robbing the Bees by Holley Bishop

My bee obsession continues with this excellent book by Holley Bishop, Robbing the Bees: A biography of honey, the sweet liquid gold that seduced the world.

The author writes of her own beekeeping experiences, follows a modern day commercial beekeeper through his year and relates the historical significance of bees and honey throughout the ages.

These micro-histories always catch my attention and I feel like I learn so much through one book.

Link: Robbing the Bees by Holley Bishop

See Also:
#31 Mini Solar Fountain
AGN Holiday Gift Guide Items 21-30
AGN Holiday Gift Guide Items 11-20
AGN Holiday Gift Guide Items 1-10

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Eat Your Lawn?!?

As someone who has no lawn on my entire property, I can relate to this story about homeowners who have pulled up the lawn and put the space to more productive use. I wish I had more sunlight on my lot so I could grow more food crops. My wife, of Sicilian heritage, is always begging me to put in tomatoes or an herb garden. I only wish I could, but it would require removing several large, mature tree and they do so much to keep the house cool in the summer. I am sure we save untold dollars on electricity as we don't have to run the air conditioning nearly as much as we might without the trees. Still, I can dream, can't I? (SMILE)

HOW TO: EAT YOUR LAWN

Who knew lawns would go from epitomizing the American dream to embodying all manner of evil? Blaming both human and natural failings, many homeowners have embraced the idea of lawn-eradication. Last week, it was the lawn-pavers; this week, it's the lawn-eaters. (continued)

(Via Inhabitat.)

AGN Holiday Gift Guide #31 - Mini Solar Fountain

Birds are attracted to the sound of running water, so adding a fountain to your birdbath could bring in a whole new set of creatures to watch. Since the fountain is solar powered, you can place it nearly anywhere without worrying about electrical wiring.

Link: #31 Mini Solar Fountain

See Also:
AGN Holiday Gift Guide Items 21-30
AGN Holiday Gift Guide Items 11-20
AGN Holiday Gift Guide Items 1-10