Autumn Berries via Instagram

Autumn Berries via Instagram

Autumn Berries

Columbia, Missouri

We don’t get much autumn color here in Los Angeles, so it was a pleasure to experience and photograph some while in Missouri recently.

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Succulent Planter, Sherman Oaks, California via Instagram

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Succulent Planter, Sherman Oaks, California via Instagram

Succulent Planter, Sherman Oaks, California

10 homeowners open their gardens and offer advice and information on water wise gardens for the San Fernando Valley.

One of the local gardens on the Sherman Oaks NC garden tour 2018. 

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Golden Autumn Leaves via Instagram

Golden Autumn Leaves via Instagram

Golden Autumn Leaves

Columbia, Missouri

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Historical Seed Catalogs: Catalog, L.A. Watkins Merchandise Company (1904) – 15 in a series

Archive.org has a host of old seed catalogs (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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these catalogs. I’ll be sharing more catalogs as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas

Historical Seed Catalogs: Catalog, L.A. Watkins Merchandise Company (1904) – 15 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Catalog, L.A. Watkins Merchandise Company (1904) - 15 in a seriesHistorical Seed Catalogs: Catalog, L.A. Watkins Merchandise Company (1904) - 15 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Catalog, L.A. Watkins Merchandise Company (1904) - 15 in a seriesHistorical Seed Catalogs: Catalog, L.A. Watkins Merchandise Company (1904) - 15 in a series

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Publication date 1904
Publisher Denver, Co. : L.A. Watkins Mdsc. Co.
Digitizing sponsor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Contributor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Language English
Volume 1904
 
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Local Waterwise Garden, Sherman Oaks, California via Instagram

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Local Waterwise Garden, Sherman Oaks, California via Instagram

Local Waterwise Garden, Sherman Oaks, California

I love the orange door and lemon house against the garden. Sets it off nicely.

One of the local gardens on the Sherman Oaks NC garden tour 2018. 

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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: The Farm and Garden (Newsletter) Volume IV (1884) – 26 in a Series

Another amazing collection garden newsletters collected in one volume for the entire year 1884. Lots of articles from around the US, questions from readers and answers from the staff of the newsletter. — Douglas

https://archive.org/details/farmgarden04phil/https://archive.org/details/farmgarden04phil/

https://archive.org/details/farmgarden04phil/https://archive.org/details/farmgarden04phil/

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F. L. B., San Francisco, Cal.: 1. Does it in any way injure eggs, i. e., as far as hatching them is concerned, to be transported by rail to any distance whatever? 2. Which is the best food for young chicks ; soft food like corn meal and soaked bread, etc., or hard food, as fine cracked corn and cracked wheat? Answer. 1. If eggs are jarred or shaken with any violence so as to break or loosen the yolk, they will not hatch. Otherwise, rail transportation (Does not injure the hatchling of the eggs. 2. We have found opinion widely differing on the subject. Our belief is that if the leavings of soft food are cleared up, and not allowed to ferment, it is the best. It is liable to produce disease when spoiled by being left in the rain and on the ground.

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Publisher Philadelphia : Child Bros. & Co.
Contributor New York Botanical Garden, LuEsther T. Mertz Library
Language English
Volume 4

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Local Waterwise Garden, Sherman Oaks, California via Instagram

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Local Waterwise Garden, Sherman Oaks, California

One of the local gardens on the Sherman Oaks NC garden tour 2018. 

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Historical Seed Catalogs: Field, flower and garden seeds by Lee Pioneer Seed Co (1905) – 14 in a series

Archive.org has a host of old seed catalogs (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 date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these catalogs. I’ll be sharing more catalogs as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas

Historical Seed Catalogs: Field, flower and garden seeds by Lee Pioneer Seed Co (1905) – 14 in a series

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Publication date 1905
Publisher Denver, Colo. : Lee Pioneer Seed Co.
Digitizing sponsor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Contributor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Language English
Volume 1905
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Garden Decor: Two Desert Garden Rooms via Instagram

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Garden Decor: Two Desert Garden Rooms

Courtesy of my sister who lives in the Coachella Valley of California.

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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 info to use in my own urban garden, but I am sure there are those of you who would find it quite interesting. — Douglas 

The cold and the snow mean the end of gardening as we know it until mud season comes. However, if you are fortunate to have some woodland on your property, it’s an excellent time to create paths and turn your paths into trails.

What’s the difference between a path and a trail?

There are many meanings to the words path and trail, even mathematical ones. Some people consider the two words synonyms. But I like the distinction which I found here, which is that a path is made naturally by people or animals walking over it, and a trail is an improved path. It may be improved just for walking, or may be widened for horses, bicycles, or vehicles. I’m only going to be talking about improving it for walking, because we don’t have horses or off-road vehicles and bicycles.