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Friday, August 22, 2008

Video: June Taylor Jams by Ami Kealoha


Take a look at this video about June Taylor Jams and see what food artisanship looks like. Amazing fruit, jams and video. I watched this as I was having lunch today and it made me hungry all over again.

Truly garden products as art.

From Cool Hunting.com

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Water timers -- a reply to a Real World Green Video from Eric Rochow

Eric Rochow, over at Real World Green recently posted a video on using water timers for your sprinkling systems. The timer he showed in the video looked to be a volume-based time, measuring gallons instead of time. I have found that these work OK with traditional lawn sprinklers, but not so well with my drip and soaker systems, which use dramatically lower water pressure.

Instead, I use these clockwork water timers, from Gardena. Using timers like these, along with drip and soaker irrigation, ease the tedious job of watering, put the water exactly where it is needed and prevent you from forgetting that you have left the sprinklers on -- running up your water bill.

You can watch Eric's original video below my reply.

Douglas' Reply

iPod Ready Video

Eric's Original Video

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Video: Taking out a Tree

Time to remove a small pine tree that was in the wrong spot in the garden. This is a continuation of the "editing" since we bought this house 12 years ago.

I had to go out and buy a bow saw to complete this job. My wife, Rosanne, had trimmed off all the limbs., but couldn't get through the trunk. It was quick work once I had the right tool.

All the debris from the tree was run through out chipper/shredder and the mulch is already spread on the tomato and rose beds.

Not a bad days work overall.

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Elsewhere Online: Pallet Compost Bin

Yet another homemade compost bin from easily obtainable materials. Yes, yes, I know, I seem obsessed with compost, but what gardener isn't these days, (SMILE)

Pallet Compost Bin Going green and creating your own compost bin isn't as hard as you might think. All those grass clippings, plant prunings, and other yard stuff is easily recycled into compost. The project is simple.

You need pallets, wire (to bind them together), some simple tools, and any extra hardware you would...

By: kootsman

(Via explore.)


Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Snow Bowl - Flagstaff, Arizona

Another picture=perfect scene that could be recreated in our own gardens, with enough patience.

Since these were shade plants they might actualy work in my back garden. I would need to provide more water, though.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Sometimes nature just gets it right

Sedona Trip
Originally uploaded by dewelch
We spent most of yesterday in Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona, Arizona. This scene from the creek really points out how nature just gets it right sometimes. I think I need to remember this more when working in my own garden. While you don't an overgrown garden, letting it do a little of its own thing can make some wonderful results. I always take pictures like this to remind me.