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2012 Gift Guide: Handmade Garden Projects: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting & More

Handmade Garden Projects: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting & More Voted Best Graphic Design by the Garden Writers Association From Amazon.com… “You can transform your garden into a handmade, personality-infused oasis. Author Lorene Edwards Forkner — part eco-friendly non-traditionalist, part crafty creative — will show you how. Projects run the gamut from […]

2012 Gift Guide: Microwave-heated Plant Press

Microwave-heated Plant Press Kylee Baumlee over at Our Little Acre (and fellow Saturday6 members) posted this plant press to her own Gardening Gift Guide and it quickly reminded me of the one my son and I would use when he was very young. He loved to collect flowers from the garden and press them to preserve […]

2012 Gift Guide: Garden House: Bringing the Outdoors In

Garden House: Bringing the Outdoors In Why should the garden remain in the garden? Here are hundreds of ideas for bringing your garden inside and, even better, blurring the difference between them. Great text and gorgeous photos let your garden house dreams take flight. From Amazon.com… “The garden house is a restorative sanctuary that combines […]

2012 Gift Guide: The SeedKeeper Company

The SeedKeeper Company A great online store full of products to help you grow your garden. I discovered them through the weekly #gardenchat (you should join us sometime). Products include kits for helping your organize and store seeds, envelopes to help you capture and store seeds from your own garden, and seed starting containers. From […]

2012 Gift Guide: Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too: The Modern Step-By-Step Guide to Preserving Food

Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too: The Modern Step-By-Step Guide to Preserving Food I heard about this book from the writer, who is a regular attendee of the weekly #gardenchat Twitter chat. His handle is @cityslipper. The book is chock-full of great ideas on how to preserve the bounty of your garden […]

2012 Gift Guide: Classes from the Institute of Domestic Technology

Classes from The Institue of Domestic Technology If you live near, or are thinking of visiting, the Los Angeles area, there is a place where you can learn about cheese making, canning, preserving and more — The Institute of Domestic Technology. Classes include: Cheese Making 3 Class Series Foodcrafting 102 Holiday Cocktail Crafting Home Coffee […]

2012 Gift Guide: Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It by Karen Solomon

You don’t have to be a proponent of survivalist training to understand the joys of preserving what food you are giving so you can enjoy it later, usually when the food would not be available otherwise. Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It runs the gamut of preserved foods. The title says it all and then you add […]

Elsewhere: Good advice about damaged trees from Trees Are Good

Here is some excellent advice on how to deal with damaged trees you may have on your property, especially after Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast of the US or after our blustery Santa Ana Winds here in Southern California. First Aid Procedures for TreesPost-Storm Damages & Treatment CHAMPAIGN, IL – The trail of damages […]

2012 Gift Guide: Sunset Western Garden Book 2012

Sunset Western Garden Book 2012 This is a perennial regular in the gift guide and this is a new edition for 2012. I still find it an excellent reference guide specifically designed for western gardeners, like myself. A big book and a useful one. Great for identifying and investigating the plants in your garden. Contains info […]

Elsewhere: Seed-Saving 101: Storing Beans, Squash, and Other Large Seeds | Inhabitat

Big article on storing and saving your seeds for next year’s garden. Always nice to have a helpful reference to remind you of proper practices and way to make things easier, as well as ensuring you have viable seed for next Spring. Seed-Saving 101: Storing Beans, Squash, and Other Large Seeds from Inhabitat Read more […]