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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 […]

In the garden…March 17, 2018: Planting Pumpkins? from A Gardener’s Notebook [Video] (1:34)

Part of a series from A Gardener’s Notebook From leftover pumpkin to new pumpkin plants. One more getting something from nothing in the garden. Music: Carefree by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License   Learn more about pumpkins and squash with these books †† * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports […]

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 […]

08 The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

See all the 2017 Gift Guide Entries 08 The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden by Johanna Silver (Author), Marion Brenner (Photographer) If you truly want to know and understand a garden, you need to walk the garden with the owner, the creator, the designer or the head gardener. They can show […]

Garden Decor: Today’s Coffee Break Reading at Farm Table via Instagram

Today’s Coffee Break Reading at Farm Table I walked to the library to pick up this book and grab a coffee this afternoon. Farm Table provides a nice place to grab an Americano and snack on the way back (They have some nice full meals, too)   Join the conversation on A Gardener’s Notebook on […]

7 Excellent Screening Hedges via A Gardener’s Thoughts & Fancies

Our new neighbors want to plant a hedge between the houses, so I went off and did some research of some of the best hedge plants for Southern California. There is a lot of great information in this article. Give it a read before you plant your new hedge. — Douglas Ficus Nitida and Ficus […]

On YouTube: Protect Your Garden Greens & Plants from Rabbits: Thrift Store Shopping! from Gary Pilarchik

A great way to protect your plants while recycling/re-using. We are looking for something similar to this as the netting we used gets tangled in everything and makes it difficult to weed the beds when needed. For us, we don’t have rabbits in our garden here but rather squirrels, skunks, opossum and raccoons.  While the […]

10 best gardening books via The Independent

Another great set of books to start working through. I see at least 5 that I will be requesting from the library immediately, if possible. I highly recommend you check out your own local library, too! — Douglas No matter what plants you want to grow, or style of garden you want to maintain, you’ll […]

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Ireland via Gardenista

Another great set of garden ideas from the other side of the Atlantic — Douglas     From the point of view of a plant, Ireland is heaven. Humans may as well abandon their instinct for neatness and symmetry; plants grow too well here. Whether tender or hardy, the climate (not too cold, not too […]

Noted: Tune In: 8 Best Garden Podcasts to Listen to Now – Gardenista

Get your gardening fix via podcast. Here are 8 great shows to check out! – Douglas   Read Tune In: 8 Best Garden Podcasts to Listen to Now – Gardenista via Gardenista An interesting link found among my daily reading Read more on this topic: Noted: A Secret Garden in the Middle of Regent’s Park […]