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What I’m Reading: The Garden Book of California (1906) – 5 in a series – “…and a good, strong garden scissors and knife for cutting flowers.”

  Photo: Eco Warrior Princess “THE best hose, not a half-inch imitation, but a good rubber hose that will carry as large a stream as your water-pipe will yield, is one of the first “tools” to be secured for a California garden. As to “sprinklers” and “projectors,” two-thirds of them are useless, but in every hardware […]

Raised Garden Bed Made of Wood via Instructables

Yet another tutorial on making raised beds for your garden. Everyone has their own unique way of doing it. Check it out! — Douglas     I love gardening and I love making things from wood. This is how I make my simple raised beds. You just need wood, a chop saw, drill, and screws. […]

How to help fireproof your home before the next big wildfire via The Los Angeles Times

Even cool, grey, and slightly rainy, days, fires are already starting to crop up around Southern California. Check out these tips to make your home even more fire safe. — Douglas How to help fireproof your home before the next big wildfire As Los Angeles homeowners prepare to trim grass, weeds and trees for the […]

Historical Garden Books: The art & craft of garden making by Thomas Hayton Mawson (1900) – 28 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: […]

2018 garden plans via Skippy’s Vegetable Garden

The Winter is time for making plans in the garden. Here are a few from my Internet travels. — Douglas   Read 2018 garden plans via Skippy’s Vegetable Garden An interesting link found among my daily reading Read more on this topic: Noted: Garden Roundup: 10 Perfect Party Spaces in the City by Barbara Peck […]

Historical Garden Books: The art of garden design in Italy by H. Inigo (Harry Inigo) Triggs, – 27 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: The Farm and Garden (Newsletter) Volume IV (1884) – 26 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: […]

How To Create And Maintain Trails In Your Woods via Cold Climate Gardening

I wish I had seen this guide when I was growing up back in Ohio. There were several farmers who took the time to create motorcycle and snowmobile trails in their woodlots and I am sure a lot of these tips would have come in quite handy. Not sure I’ll have the ability to put this […]

10 Easy Pieces: Seed-Saving Envelopes via Gardenista

What seeds are you saving –and sharing — this year? Share your ideas in the comments! I have been known to filch a few seeds from neighborhood gardens as I am out on my walks. I even sent out a request for prickly pear paddles to propagate and a neighbor was more than happy to […]

Garden Decor: Wattle Edging and Fences

I’ve always loved the look of wattle fencing. It is a bit time consuming to build yourself, but it is an excellent way of using on-site materials to brighten yo your garden or homestead. All it takes are some sticks and time. — Douglas You’ll find more example of wattle fencing and edging — along […]