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How to Propagate Succulents via Gardening Gone Wild

Ever wondered how to propagate a certain succulent? For example, lithops (living stones)…is it possible to take cuttings from those thick, molar-shaped leaves? How about ruffled echeverias…can a solitary rosette be made to offset? And stacked crassulas…what do you do when stems are tightly lined with leaves?  Most succulents can be propagated vegetatively—via stem cuttings, pulling apart offsets, or rooting leaves. To the novice, of […]

Historical Garden Books: The Cottage Gardener – Collection of Weekly Newsletters (1849) – 15 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  Historical Garden Books: […]

Historical Garden Books: Every lady her own flower gardener by Louisa Johnson – 14 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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]

Historical Garden Books: Every man his own gardener : The complete gardener, or, Gardener’s calendar of work to be done in the kitchen, fruit, flower, forcing garden &c. for every month in the year (1843) – 13 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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]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: California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum)

 Interesting Plant: California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum) By Stan Shebs, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link What are your thoughts on this Interesting Plant? Drop a note in the comments! Epilobium canum, also known as California fuchsia or Zauschneria, is a species of willowherb in the evening primrose family (Onagraceae).[1] It is native to dry slopes and in chaparral of western North America, especially California. It is a perennial plant, notable […]

Historical Garden Books: Popular gardening for town and country, Volume 4 (1888-1889) – 12 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 […]

A Gardener’s Notebook: Scorch and sunburn in the garden – Lots of damage in the neighborhood – August 9, 2018

A few weeks ago, here in the San Fernando Valley, we set an all-time high temperature of 117º. While we are used to a few days of warm temperatures each Summer, this is by far the hottest and longest patch I, and most of the California Natives, have ever experienced. As I walked around the […]

Historical Garden Books: The garden primer : a practical handbook on the elements of gardening for beginners by Grace Tabor; Gardner Callahan Teall (1910)- 11 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 […]

Historical Garden Books: Gardening for beginners; a handbook to the garden by E. T. Cook (1901) – 10 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 […]

A Gardener’s Notebook: The Guilty Gardener  – 3 in a series – Galvanized pipe doesn’t last forever

A Gardener’s Notebook: The Guilty Gardener  – 3 in a series – Galvanized pipe doesn’t last forever Douglas E. Welch Forgive me for a moment… Damn! Damn! Damn! Damn! Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, welcome back to The Guilty Gardener. What do I have to feel guilty about today? Oh […]