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Yimby Tumbler Composter | Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide 2016 #8

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For the gardener in your life. Everyone who spends time in the garden needs a way of returning fertility to the soil whether they are growing food or flowers. A good composter is a great way to do just that.

We picked up this Yimby Tumbler Composter last June and, so far, it is holding up very well. It is showing no signs of wear and seems to be producing better compost more quickly than our more traditional bins. For us, having the bin above the ground, also helps to keep out any critters that might be looking for a tasty treat. Here is a video of us assembling the composter, which was fairly easy, if a bit time consuming.


Yimby Tumbler Composter

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Interesting Plant: Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus/Diplacus aurantiacus)

Starting a series within a series, I will be highlighting shade plants that grow well underneath trees, especially California Live Oak. I have a deep shade area beneath many trees here in my own garden and i am constantly looking for plants that can help green this area. — Douglas


The sticky monkey flower is one my favorite plants when I am walking in our local hillsides. It is a great splash of color against, what can often bee, a dry and somewhat barren landscape. Both green and yellow make it stand out among the golds and browns of our other dormant Mediterranean climate plants.

Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus/Diplacus aurantiacus)

Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus/Diplacus aurantiacus)

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 Mimulus aurantiacus, the sticky monkey-flower or orange bush monkey-flower, is a flowering plant that grows in a subshrub form, native to southwestern North America from southwestern Oregon south through most of California. It is a member of the lopseed family, Phrymaceae, or, alternately, the Scrophulariaceae. It is treated by some botanists in a separate genus from other Mimulus as Diplacus aurantiacus.[1]

Mimulus aurantiacus grows up to 1.2 meters (4 feet) tall, has deep green, sticky leaves 3 to 7 centimeters long and up to a centimeter broad and flowering stems that grow vertically.[1]The flowers are tubular at the base and about 2 centimeters long with five broad lobes; they occur in a variety of shades from white to red, the most common color being a light orange. They are honey plants pollinated by bees and hummingbirds.

It grows in many climates and will thrive in many types of soil, wet, dry, sandy, or rocky. It even grows in serpentine, a soil that most plants have difficulty thriving in because of its unique mineral composition.

Mimulus aurantiacus is an important host plant for the larvae of the common buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia) and the variable checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona),[2] despite a phenolic resin in the leaves which deter its feeding.[3] This resin also helps the plant retain water in dry environments.[3] — Wikipedia

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Yellow Mums [Photo]

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In The Garden…November 5, 2016: Finishing the Bulbs [Video] (3:12)

In The Garden…November 5, 2016: Finishing the Bulbs [Video] (3:12)

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The last of the leucojum bulbs go in the ground, finishing this year’s bulb planting…unless I spy something on sale before the rains come. (Ser.

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Down by the gate [Photo]

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Garden Morning – A Minute in the Garden 48 from A Gardener’s Notebook [Video]

A Minute in the Garden: A series from A Gardener’s Notebook

An early morning in the garden today

Garden Morning - A Minute in the Garden 48 from A Gardener's Notebook

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