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Historical Garden Books – 61 in a series – The gardener’s text-book: containing practical directions upon the formation and management of the kitchen garden (1857)

Historical Garden Books – 61 in a series – The gardener’s text-book: containing practical directions upon the formation and management of the kitchen garden (1857) Download in Text, PDF, Single Page JPG, TORRENT from Archive.org INTRODUCTION A Kitchen Garden is, properly, a piece of ground devoted to the culture of esculent vegetables alone ; but, […]

Dazzling Dahlias – 15 in a series – Growing and Caring for Dahlias via The Spruce

Dazzling Dahlias – 15 in a series – Growing and Caring for Dahlias via The Spruce Dahlias are mid- to late season flowers that come in a vast array of colors and forms. There are small flowered bedding dahlias as well as plate-sized blossoms on 6 ft. plants. It’s hard to give an overview of dahlias when […]

Three garden resolutions via Red Dirt Ramblings

I seem to be much better at holding to other people’s resolutions instead of my own, so I figure I will piggy-back on a few of my favorite blog’s resolutions in order to make a good start on the year.  (LAUGH) — Douglas   Remove overly-aggressive plants 1. Remove overly-aggressive plants like Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm.’ Although this […]

How I use Coffee Grounds In The Garden | Bren Haas via Creative Living with Bren Haas

I use coffee grounds in my gardens, though usually as just green material for my compost bins along with all the other kitchen waste. It is good to see some other, direct, uses for coffee grounds. There is an 18 minute interview video as part of this article, too. — Douglas     Over the […]

Master Gardener: Protecting your home from wildfires and tips for winter gardening via Press Enterprise

  Here in Southern California, we joke about our four seasons: fire, flood, earthquake, and drought. In the fall, otherwise known as fire season, we have hot, dry weather punctuated by gusty winds reaching up to 70 miles per hour. These are perfect conditions for catastrophic wildfires to establish and spread. If you live in […]

Dazzling Dahlias – 5 in a series – How to Grow Dahlias via White Flower Farm

Like Dazzling Dahlias on Facebook Dahlias offer flamboyant flowers on lush plants from summer through fall, right up to the first frost. Fully hardy to zone 8, these hybrids of species native to Mexico and Colombia may overwinter in Zone 7 with a thick blanket of mulch. Gardeners in colder zones can get a head […]

Captivating Cactus: Time to plant (cactus) via Botanical Bright on TicTok [Video]

Follow Captivating Cactus and Striking Succulents on Facebook Read more on this topic: Video: Montage from visit to the Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society 13th Annual Show and Plant Sale Photo: Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society 13th Annual Show and Plant Sale and Drought Tolerant Plant Festival Event: Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society […]

How To Use A Bulb Auger (And Plant Bulbs In Minutes) via The Impatient Gardener

I wish I had had one of these when I was planting my own bulbs. It is slow going with a trowel in hard soil but this could have made all the difference. — Douglas   Last spring Mr. Much More Patient looked out the window at our still-gray landscape and asked why we didn’t […]

Elements of a Japanese Garden via FineGardening

The art and craft of the Japanese garden continues to thrive today after well over 1,300 years in Japan and for the last 150 years in various points west and east. It is difficult to define one reason for the almost instant endearment of these beautiful spaces, but for me, it has always been the […]

Your First Garden: What You Need to Know Before You Plant Bulbs via Gardenista

I love garden bulbs and have planted over 150 here in my own garden. They bring me joy each Spring when I am rewarded with lovely flowers for little to no effort (after the initial planting). I have snowflakes, paperwhites, daffodils, and a few amaryllis that return year after year. Bulbs are a great idea […]