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Lavender in the neighborhood via Instagram

Lavender in the neighborhood Lavender blooms year round here in Los Angeles. The temperatures have been summer-like here recently and the heat makes the scent almost overpowering as you walk by.  Join me at Douglas E. Welch Photography on Facebook  and Follow Learn more about Lavender with these books † * A portion of each […]

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. […]

19 The Fruits and Fruit Trees of Monticello | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

See all the 2017 Gift Guide Entries 19 The Fruits and Fruit Trees of Monticello I was doing some research for my wife’s next book today and came across this book as a source. While I had only planned on mining it for the information I needed, I found myself reading entire sections. It is […]

Growing Pride & Produce via Yakima Herald-Republic

Could your area use a community garden? The answer might surprise you. Here is one excellent example of both the why and how of one small community’s garden. — Douglas     A few years ago, when Gini asked some residents, “What do you think we need in Buena?” A young woman said she wished […]

Tower Garden spotted in Stephens College Cafeteria

It was cool to spot this Tower Garden (2 of them, in fact) in the cafeteria of Stephens College on a recent visit to Columbia, Missouri for the Citizen Jane Film Festival. I have seen a variety of these systems, but this is my first experience with Tower Garden specifically. I did a little research […]

In The Garden…New strawberry pots

A week or so ago we picked up 2 new strawberry pots form the nursery. While the strawberries in our containers have been doing well, those in the ground were languishing. We figured it was best to get the remaining plants into containers and retrofit the bed to make it a little better for whatever […]

Worker Bee 🐝 via Instagram

Worker Bee 🐝  Spotted today, among many other bees and butterflies, at the nursery.  Join the conversation on A Gardener’s Notebook on Facebook * 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! Read more on this topic: […]

In the garden…September 16, 2017: Black Satin Blackberry (Rubus Ursinus) [Video] (1:35)

In the garden…September 16, 2017: Black Satin Blackberry (Rubus Ursinus) In this episode: A look at our young blackberry plant which is spinning off a few fruit even in its first year of being planted. This blackberry fruits on each year’s canes, so these canes will be removed and the new growth will fruit next […]

Garden Alphabet #90: B is for…Blackberry

Garden Alphabet #90: Blackberry Monrovia Black Satin Blackberry in my garden today. The blackberry is an edible fruit produced by many species in the Rubus genus in the Rosaceae family, hybrids among these species within the Rubus subgenus, and hybrids between the Rubus and Idaeobatus subgenera. The taxonomy of the blackberries has historically been confused […]