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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 […]

Installing Wine Bottle Edging Timelapse from A Gardener’s Notebook [Video] (1:38)

Installing Wine Bottle Edging Timelapse from A Gardener’s Notebook [Video] (1:38) Saturday gave some time to finally install a circle of wine bottle edging to a bed we have been meaning to clean up for a long time. This is the third bed we have edged in this fashion. Music: “Crystal Bungalow” by Kevin MacLeod […]

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, […]

DIY: How to Build a Raised Garden Bed via Mother Earth News

Here is an excellent and detailed article on building raised beds for your own garden. Be sure to bookmark this for future reference. You’re going to want it eventually. — Douglas How to Build a Raised Garden Bed via Mother Earth News A DIY project for a permanent garden box to provide a raised bed […]

Befriend Bees via Sunset: Garden

Before a flower can set seed or form fruit, it needs to be pollinated. Though some plants are pollinated by bats, birds, butterflies, moths, and wasps, most of the work is done by bees. Bees are in serious trouble, though. Their numbers are in sharp decline, mainly because of shrinking habitat. Fortunately, bees have some […]

Garden Decor: Today’s Coffee Break Reading at Farm Table via Instagram

Today’s Coffee Break Reading at Farm Table I walked to the library to pick up this book and grab a coffee this afternoon. Farm Table provides a nice place to grab an Americano and snack on the way back (They have some nice full meals, too)   Join the conversation on A Gardener’s Notebook on […]

7 Excellent Screening Hedges via A Gardener’s Thoughts & Fancies

Our new neighbors want to plant a hedge between the houses, so I went off and did some research of some of the best hedge plants for Southern California. There is a lot of great information in this article. Give it a read before you plant your new hedge. — Douglas Ficus Nitida and Ficus […]