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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Video: Replacing the bird feeder

My son, Joseph, and I took some time today to install a new bird feeder in the back yard. My old, wooden platform feeder, now 10-years-old has seen better days. I built this feeder out of scraps left by t he previous owners of our house. The wooden closet rod I used as a pole has rotted off at least once, leaving the feeder a bit short and my plastic squirrel baffles had finally given into to the effects of sun and rain.

Our new feeder is an Advanced Pole System (APS), that we purchased at Wild Birds Unlimited, where my friend, Keri, now works. You may remember Keri from our Bird Walk video back in February. This system allows you customize your feeder in a myriad of ways including a variety of arms, squirrel baffles and feeders.

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

What I'm Reading...

The New Gardener by Pippa Greenwood

The One-Hour Garden by Joanna Smith
(Unavailable on Amazon.com. Check your local library)


...and on a non-gardening note, but still interesting...

The Search for Nefertiti by Dr. Joann Fletcher

Moscow 1812 by Adam Zamoyski

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A Gardener's Notebook Promo

Hey folks!

Here is an audio promo to share with your friends, families and even enemies, if you like.

Thanks in advance for spreading the word about A Gardener's Notebook!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

There really is a Gardener's Notebook!

A quick scan of one page from the journal where I take notes for future AGN podcasts and blog posts.



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Rust on roses, AGN Flickr Group, Caladiums and squirrels and more... - May 24, 2006

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

New AGN Group on Flickr


Amaryllis
Originally uploaded by dewelch.
If you are a user of the Flickr photo sharing site, we now have our own little meeting spot. Two days ago I set up the Gardener's Notebook group on Flickr.

This an invite only group, but anyone can view the photos. If you want to add your photos, send me a note at agn at welchwrite.com (replace the word at with the @ sign) and mention you are an AGN reader/listener.

Link: Gardener's Notebook Flickr Group.

Video: Rust on roses

Ever wanted to know what rust looks like when it invades a rose? Well, here is your chance.

I had one rose that suffered a major outbreak of rust, probably due to our damp Spring. It even rained yesterday, which is odd for Southern California.

Watch the "Rust on Roses" Video - 1:49


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Monday, May 22, 2006

Elsewhere Online: How to Construct a Raised Planting Bed

Just what I have been looking for...some good information on raised beds. I am thinking that this is the only way to make the back shade garden productive again. It seems as if the tree roots suck up every last drop of water and drive everything else out. So, I have thought of building some raised bed to give any new planting at least a fighting chance.

Lots of good info and links within!

How to Construct a Raised Planting Bed

If your yields are disappointing, your garden space isn’t as productive as you’d like, or if you only have a small space to devote to gardening, building a raised bed may be the answer to all of your problems. Raised beds are extremely easy to build. They are great for vegetables and flowers because they allow you to artificially provide substantially more topsoil, which will help plants to thrive and flourish.

(Via eHow.com: How To Article of the Day.)


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