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A Gardener’s Notebook: The Guilty Gardener  – 2 in a series – Progress? A Little!

A Gardener’s Notebook: The Guilty Gardener  – 2 in a seriesDouglas E. Welch As I had hoped — but hadn’t really expected — writing the first piece in this new series actually got me motivated to do something in the garden. Who would have “thunk” it?! One point that helped to get me moving was […]

Repotting the coleus via My Instagram

Repotting the coleus A bit of transplanting in the garden yesterday.  Join the Gardener’s Notebook Mailing List  and Follow Learn more about coleus † * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs ** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out! † Available from the […]

The Ten Commandments of Community Gardens via City of Sydney, Australia

I was looking for items to share on the site for our local community garden project, The Community Garden of Sherman Oaks,  and came across this great poster from the City of Sydney. A great place to start in your community garden. Sometimes the simplest rules are the ones we need to be reminded about. — Douglas […]

How to Build a Raised Bed with Benches via Bonnie Plants

How to Build a Raised Bed with Benches via Bonnie Plants This half-day project makes gardening easier and more comfortable. It’s higher than most raised beds, so you don’t have to bend over quite as much, plus it has a bench on each side so you can sit while you plant, weed, and harvest. This […]

In the garden…March 17, 2018: Planting Pumpkins? from A Gardener’s Notebook [Video] (1:34)

Part of a series from A Gardener’s Notebook From leftover pumpkin to new pumpkin plants. One more getting something from nothing in the garden. Music: Carefree by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License   Learn more about pumpkins and squash with these books †† * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports […]

Installing Wine Bottle Edging Timelapse from A Gardener’s Notebook [Video] (1:38)

Installing Wine Bottle Edging Timelapse from A Gardener’s Notebook [Video] (1:38) Saturday gave some time to finally install a circle of wine bottle edging to a bed we have been meaning to clean up for a long time. This is the third bed we have edged in this fashion. Music: “Crystal Bungalow” by Kevin MacLeod […]

Reading – The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Garden: 326 Fast, Easy, Affordable Ways to Transform Your Yard One Project at a Time by Sally Roth – 10 in a series

I’ll be highlighting books that I am reading (or re-reading) on all sorts of topics this year — Douglas Reading – The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Garden: 326 Fast, Easy, Affordable Ways to Transform Your Yard One Project at a Time by Sally Roth – 10 in a series † Getting started with a garden […]

Reading – Raised Bed Revolution: Build It, Fill It, Plant It … Garden Anywhere by Tara Nolan – 9 in a series

I’ll be highlighting books that I am reading (or re-reading) on all sorts of topics this year — Douglas Reading – Raised Bed Revolution: Build It, Fill It, Plant It … Garden Anywhere by Tara Nolan – 9 in a series † Raised Bed Revolution is an amazing resource guide to all aspects of raised bed […]

Moose PVC Bird Nest Box via Instructables

A new concept and design for nesting boxes for your garden. They look rugged and easy to clean, 2 important factors with any birdhouse design. — Douglas   I inherited an interest in birds from my father, whose family grew up next door to a bird expert. Ruth Thomas studied and banded birds and wrote, […]

Garden Hacks: 10 Ideas for Wire Cloches via Gardenista

I have been looking at something like this to protect our strawberries from various prowling animals like squirrels and such. This article provides links to a host of different cloches for almost any need. — Douglas   In autumn hungry squirrels get serious. You need a strategy to protect cool-weather edibles and other plants from […]