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Local Gardening Books…from A Gardener’s Notebook

“You need to find gardening books that speak to your geographic area, your urban vs rural balance, your wildlife — basically everything that defines the natural and relatively unchangeable aspects of your garden. It does little good to read about “banking” your roses for Winter if the temperature never drops below 60 degrees. Conversely, reading […]

Friction…from A Gardener’s Notebook

“One of the essentials to reconnecting with your garden is making it frictionless to move from other activities to gardening activities. You should be able to move from one to the other without more thought than it takes to get out of bed in the morning. If there are any impediments between what you are […]

High-tech/High-touch…from A Gardener’s Notebook

“My life has always been filled with such anachronistic examples. I actively seek out ways to integrate both “high tech” and “high touch” parts of my life. This is one of many reasons I am drawn to gardening. After hours of facing the computer screen nothing brings you back to reality like a few minutes […]

Connected Parks and Gardens… from A Gardener’s Notebook

“Any considered urban gardening plan involves the transformation of vacant lots into small parks and gardens instead of yet another apartment complex. While the “pocket park” idea has been around for a long time I believe there is one aspect missing. Not only should there be small parks scattered throughout the neighborhood, there should also […]

Parks in our own backyard… from A Gardener’s Notebook

“I believe urban parkland starts with our own gardens. We need to share our gardens and our gardening knowledge with others so that we can move away from the endless expanses of expensive lawns and into a more naturalized landscaping that not only looks better but costs less to maintain. Part of this sharing involves […]

Reflection… from A Gardener’s Notebook

“The month-end is always a good time for reflection. Reflection on our lives, our gardens and ourselves. At least in the garden we can easily see what has been accomplished and what has been left for another day. If only our lives were so easily sorted out..“ From A Gardener’s Notebook by Douglas E. Welch DouglasEWelch.com  […]

Book: The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting by Jessie Jeffery

The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting by Jessie Jeffery Sometimes the best format for a book is digital. The Mix & Match Guide has good information, but I think it is presented in the wrong format. I wanted to like book, as is has much information that is useful and the design of […]

There’s is a new movement afoot here to convert lawns into gardens, grass into vegetables… — From A Gardener’s Notebook

“There’s is a new movement afoot here to convert lawns into gardens, grass into vegetables and thirsty gardens into sippers more appropriate to our natural climate. Front yard vegetable gardens were unheard of when I first moved to LA in 1986. In many places, they were banned by homeowner associations and restrictive covenants. That’s why […]

Lost and found… — from A Gardener’s Notebook with Douglas E. Welch

“You can get lost in a garden that is no wider than a backyard, but also find yourself there.” From A Gardener’s Notebook by Douglas E. Welch DouglasEWelch.com Buy or Download a sample of From A Gardener’s Notebook via Amazon.com Just 99¢ until August 24, 2014  Find more gardening books and items in the WelchWrite Bookstore […]

Sharing beauty as well as food… — from A Gardener’s Notebook with Douglas E. Welch

  “While food stuffs like produce can fill a hungry stomach, you can also provide some food for the soul. Do you have more ornamental flowers than you can possibly display? Perhaps your local garden group can get together and build floral arrangements for a local senior center, hospice or hospital. Sharing the beauty of […]