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Historical Seed Catalogs: Seed annual by Adolphus Wysong (1907) – 29 in a series

Archive.org has a host of old seed catalogs (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]

Historical Garden Books: American medicinal plants (1887) by Charles Frederick Millspaugh – 41 in a series

Archive.org has a host of old gardening books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]

New York City Street Tree Map via kottke.org

Maybe we would pay more attention to our trees if they had a name — and an email address. — Douglas     The NYC Parks department maintains an online map of the city’s street trees — currently 678,674 mapped trees from 422 different species. Our tree map includes every street tree in New York City as […]

If your garden grass is patchy, consider a ground cover instead via chicagotribune.com

Homeowners often are frustrated when the lawn looks bad beneath trees. Starved for sun, the grass is thin and patchy.The problem is that most popular lawn grasses are full-sun plants, according to Doris Taylor, Plant Clinic manager at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Even grass species sold as “shade-tolerant” will struggle in deep shade. You […]

Planting allium, the lollipop of the garden | L.A. at Home via latimesblogs.latimes.com

I was just discussing alliums with my sister, Donna, a few days ago and now I seem to be seeing them everywhere. Here are a few Los Angeles friendly albums we could be growing in our gardens. — Douglas   Fall bulb catalogs are sweetened with alluring eye candy, including those lollipop-shaped alliums. Their large, […]

Carabus (?) Beetle In The Garden via Instagram

What insects do you find in your garden? Leave a comment and share! Carabus (?) Beetle In The Garden When you start working in the garden and get down close to the soil, you notice things that might not otherwise catch your eye. Such was the case with this bill. I’ve never really seen them in […]

How to help fireproof your home before the next big wildfire via The Los Angeles Times

Even cool, grey, and slightly rainy, days, fires are already starting to crop up around Southern California. Check out these tips to make your home even more fire safe. — Douglas How to help fireproof your home before the next big wildfire As Los Angeles homeowners prepare to trim grass, weeds and trees for the […]

Historical Garden Books: Gardening illustrated: A weekly journal for amateurs and gardeners by W. (William) Robinson (1879) – 37 in a Series

Archive.org has a host of old gardening books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]

Interesting Plant: Clematis x cartmanii ‘Avalanche’ (White Evergreen Clematis)

Interesting Plant: Clematis x cartmanii ‘Avalanche’ (White Evergreen Clematis) I came across this while browsing /r/gardening on Reddit and love the look immediately. I don’t see many clematis here in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. I am guessing it is probably too hot and dry for most varieties but I would like to […]

Make Gardening Easier With The Help of Chickens! via Farmers’ Almanac Gardening Calendar

Fresh eggs are the most obvious benefit of keeping a small flock of backyard chickens. But the benefits of raising chickens reach farther than that—they also make excellent garden assistants. Here’s how gardening with chickens can provide year-round benefits. Spring: Nature’s Rototillers Spring is the perfect time of year to give chickens unrestricted access to […]