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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 […]

Local Event: Native Plant Celebration & Symposium, Wildflower Show & Plant Sale – April 7, 2018

Native Plant Celebration & Symposium, Wildflower Show & Plant Sale Saturday, April 7, 2018 – 9am-4pm Sepulveda Garden Center16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino, CA 91436 The annual Wildflower Show of the Los Angeles / Santa Monica Mountains chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is scheduled for April 7, 2018 at the Sepulveda Garden Center […]

Bees on Aeonium Flowers from My Instagram

Bees on Aeonium Flowers In the neighborhood yesterday Join me at Douglas E. Welch Photography on Facebook  and Follow Learn more about bees with these books ††† * 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! † […]

Bee on Aeonium Flowers via My Instagram

Bee on Aeonium Flowers In the neighborhood yesterday Join me at Douglas E. Welch Photography on Facebook  and Follow Learn more about bees with these books ††† * 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! † […]

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 […]

Interesting Plant: Alpine Strawberries (Fragaria vesca)

Interesting Plant: Alpine Strawberries (Fragaria vesca) We are always looking for more food items to grow, even here in our somewhat shady garden, so when I saw these strawberries they intrigued me. While we have a few pots of hybrid strawberries, I wonder if these might not be a better choice for our particular conditions. […]