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Garden Alphabet: Lavender (Lavendula)

Garden Alphabet: Lavender (Lavendula) A closeup of a lavender harvest from my own garden. Lavender seems to do very well here in our Mediterranean climate, if we can get it enough sun, It deals well with our hot and dry summers and never fails to impress with its smell. I love the purple flowers too, and […]

Video: In the garden…Prepping and Storing Dried Herbs

Today I package up the herbs (peppermint, oregano and lemon thyme) I set up to dry in a previous episode. (See this earlier episode – In the garden…October 4, 2013: Harvesting herbs and radishes) Rains are coming and I wanted to get them set aside before they absorbed moisture again Check out what was happening […]

My Favorite Garden Things for April 2013 – Douglas E. Welch

As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. — Douglas Garden / Japanese garden decoration Garden / Permaculture Ideas..Trellises for Peas and Beans Garden / Growing potatoes organically: when and how to plant, hill and harvest — A Way to Garden […]

A Gardener’s Notebook April 2013 Update

It’s Spring! Time to Propagate!April 10, 2013 From A Gardener’s Notebook Newsletter – Join the Mailing List today! It is Springtime here in the Northern Hemisphere and the thoughts of a young gardener turn to propagation. No, not THAT type of propagation, but rather the making of more plants for our gardens. Whether planting seeds […]

Photos: Propagation Project: Rosemary Cuttings

Here are some photos of the Rosemary cuttings I prepared yesterday. You can see the entire procedure in my Container Garden Update 22 video. \ Previously in the Propagation Project: Container Garden Update 22 video Read more on this topic: Video: Container Garden Update 22 – Propagation Project Begins – Rosemary Video: What Douglas Dug…Show […]

Video: Container Garden Update 22 – Propagation Project Begins – Rosemary

I start my long delayed propagation project by taking and preparing rosemary cuttings for rooting. I am looking for transplants to use as rosemary topiary and also to build a rosemary hedge, if possible. This could take a looooooong time, but you have to start somewhere. PS Make sure you watch all the way to the […]

Books on Hold: The Drunken Botanist : The plants that create the world’s great drinks

Books on Hold is a blog series dedicated to books I have seen in passing and requested from my local library. See more in the series at the end of this blog post. — Douglas The drunken botanist : the plants that create the world’s great drinks From Amazon.com… “Sake began with a grain of rice. […]

Garden Budget: Plants and Supplies for March 2013

I have decided to start spending a certain budget each month on improving the garden (~$100) and then blogging about it here on A Gardener’s Notebook. March starts the first month in the series and I am beginning by trying to “re-green” the back garden, which has suffered with over planting and too much shade […]

Video: Container Garden Update 19: A failed container, worm castings and some new basil

This time I talk about a failed container, add more basil to the pots, along with some worm castings for added nutrients. What’s happening in your garden? I’d love to know! Leave your questions and comments here or on any of the web and social media sites linked below! Can’t see the video above? Watch “Container […]

Video: Container Vegetable Update 009 – Movin’, movin’, movin’

In this update, Movin’, movin’, movin’ to find better sun for the containers. This time to the other side of the driveway. Can’t see the video above? Watch “Container Vegetable Garden Update 009” on YouTube   Watch the “Container Vegetable Garden” Playlist for all related videos Please like this video and/or subscribe to my channel on YouTube. […]