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10 Easy Pieces: Wooden Elevated Planters via Gardenista

I am always looking for different styles of planters for my own garden and a new community garden I am working to get started in Sherman Oaks. The community garden needs to serve people of all abilities and these elevated beds can be great for older folks or others who are limited in their mobility. […]

A Gardener’s Notebook: The Guilty Gardener  – 3 in a series – Galvanized pipe doesn’t last forever

A Gardener’s Notebook: The Guilty Gardener  – 3 in a series – Galvanized pipe doesn’t last forever Douglas E. Welch Forgive me for a moment… Damn! Damn! Damn! Damn! Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, welcome back to The Guilty Gardener. What do I have to feel guilty about today? Oh […]

A Gardener’s Notebook: The Guilty Gardener  – 2 in a series – Progress? A Little!

A Gardener’s Notebook: The Guilty Gardener  – 2 in a seriesDouglas E. Welch As I had hoped — but hadn’t really expected — writing the first piece in this new series actually got me motivated to do something in the garden. Who would have “thunk” it?! One point that helped to get me moving was […]

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 […]

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 […]

Inexpensive DIY Wall Decor Ideas and Crafts via DIY Home Decor Guide

Some great ideas for dressing up your home and garden both inside and outside. — Douglas   Refresh your home with something new and cute this summer. I am going to share some very creative and inexpensive DIY wall decor ideas. I will tell you today that how you could dress up your walls with […]