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Geodesic dome protects cob house and family of 6 in Arctic Circle via Urban Organic Gardener

  When you think about living in the Arctic Circle you often imagine a modern structure with modern facilities. Truth be told, architecture has a long history of keeping a good idea over the years. That is why this cob house under a geodesic dome is all you need in order to have a good […]

How to Propagate Succulents via Gardening Gone Wild

Ever wondered how to propagate a certain succulent? For example, lithops (living stones)…is it possible to take cuttings from those thick, molar-shaped leaves? How about ruffled echeverias…can a solitary rosette be made to offset? And stacked crassulas…what do you do when stems are tightly lined with leaves?  Most succulents can be propagated vegetatively—via stem cuttings, pulling apart offsets, or rooting leaves. To the novice, of […]

Garden Decor: Bring Light and Movement to the Garden with a DIY Wind Spinner via Garden Therapy

I believe I have some wire like this lying around after a previous project. Add this to a few marbles from Joe’s old toys and should be easy to put these together. —Douglas   This easy-to-make garden decoration spins in the wind, creating a mesmerizing optical illusion where it looks as if the marble is […]

Garden Decor: Copper-esque Planters via Bower Power

I had shared these planters with my Insta-friends but I need to show you guys how to do this because they are SO beautiful!  They are the perfect amount of fall and look great with mums.  And if your planter has a little texture to them, it really pops.  The fun part is that they […]

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. […]

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, […]

Garden Hacks: 10 Ideas for Wire Cloches via Gardenista

I have been looking at something like this to protect our strawberries from various prowling animals like squirrels and such. This article provides links to a host of different cloches for almost any need. — Douglas   In autumn hungry squirrels get serious. You need a strategy to protect cool-weather edibles and other plants from […]

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 […]

Growing Pride & Produce via Yakima Herald-Republic

Could your area use a community garden? The answer might surprise you. Here is one excellent example of both the why and how of one small community’s garden. — Douglas     A few years ago, when Gini asked some residents, “What do you think we need in Buena?” A young woman said she wished […]

Artificial intelligence identifies plant species by looking at them via Boing Boing

There have been several apps that perform similar AI matching and each of them gets better with every iteration. Often they are good enough to get you into the right botanical ballpark so you can do more traditional research from there. That can significantly reduce the amount of time required to figure out exactly what plant […]