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Project: Wine bottle waterer

It is hard to call this a project at all, as there is nothing to build and no tools involved. I had seen this done in a number of places and there are even custom-made water globes that you can buy for large sums of money.

Our heat wave continues apace today so I figured I would would give our new, large containers a bit of extra help. Containers often dry out quickly in the hot weather, so many help I can offer will help, I am sure.

Wine bottle waterer

Wine bottle waterer

You just fill up the wine bottle with water and then quickly up-end it and press it into the soil. The water doesn’t simply pour out as you might expect, but slowly gurgles down, directly to the roots of the plant. In my case I saw a little air bubble rise every couple of minutes, so the water was draining quite slowly. I will check in the morning and see how much is left and then I will get a better idea of how well they are working to keep the containers moist.

Photo: Zucchini Update

Here is what the zucchini looked like 4 days ago…

Zucchini Sprouts - 2

…and here is what they look like as of yesterday evening (3 days later)…

Zucchini

We are having a bit of a heat wave here in Los Angeles at the time and the zucchini seem to be responding well to it. True leaves have been put on and they look like they might take over the garden, of they could.

Elsewhere: Garden Tool Storage example from Pinterest

Here is a lovely example of garden tool storage I found on Pinterest.com. Were I so well organized in my own life. (HA!) Still, we can all learn from such examples. We don’t have to do everything in the example, but sometimes just doing one small part is enough. Examples are supposed to be used to beat ourselves up for our inadequacies, but rather show us the way to improvements in our gardens.

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What Douglas Dug… Show 003

Our third episode of What Douglas Dug…, our regular review show of neat gardening items I have found in my Internet travels.

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Photo: Zucchini Sprouts

A week ago my wife sliced open a zucchini given to us by a friend and found quite a few mature seeds. She has been on quite a growing kick lately, so she planted a few of these seeds in the bed where pumpkins are already growing. The pumpkins were also a hand-me-down as they were the result of burying an unmade jack-o-lantern from last Halloween.

Sure enough, the zucchini have sprouted and are looking vigorous and healthy. With any luck we will have a free crop of squash for nothing more than a few minutes effort to drop the seeds in the ground. Don’t be too eager to throw out seeds you come across in your kitchen. You might find that there are plants just waiting to sprout up in you garden.

Zucchini Sprouts - 2

Zucchini Sprouts - 1

In the neighborhood…July 7, 2012

A quick walk in the neighborhood this evening turned up these sites. 

Mimosa Flowers

The mimosa trees in the neighborhood are all in bloom. These are pretty on the tree but make an awful mess on the lawn and sidewalk as they begin to drop.

Grapes!

This grape vine has swamped the hedge that it is growing on. There are large bunches of fruit throughout, though. I sure hope that someone harvests this when they are ready. I may need to check back to make sure and offer my harvesting skills if the owner doesn’t.

Cottage Garden 1

A lovely English Cottage Garden in full exuberance.

Garden Garden 2

Elsewhere: A beautiful Autumn path found on Pinterest

autumn-path

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Garden Videos from Douglas’ YouTube Channel

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A Different DIY Garden from Troy-Bilt’s “The Dirt” Newsletter

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A Different DIY Garden

By Douglas E. Welch

Diy garden

When most people talk about doing some DIY (do-it-yourself) in their garden, they are usually talking about building something – a wall, a shed, a trellis, whatever. I have thought much the same over the years, but this year I have been concentrating on another aspect of DIY in the garden. My recent DIY projects have consisted of building up the garden itself. This has meant building the soil, building the plantings and building some things you usually buy at the local garden store instead of making yourself.

Building the soil

One ongoing DIY project here in my back garden has been composting. While composting is certainly very popular, I still have many friends who think it is too work-intensive, too troublesome and sometimes too smelly to try themselves. In my case, though, composting is so integrated into my daily routine and my gardening that I don’t even notice it anymore. The bin gets filled with kitchen and brown garden waste and finished compost comes out the bottom. Nothing could be simpler.

Sure, I could go to my local nursery or home store and purchase bags of compost to use in the garden, but as I am sure you know, bagged materials can be quite expensive. In many cases, the cost is simply too high for me to consider. Also, why wouldn’t or shouldn’t I use the materials I already have at hand? I have more than enough leaves, limbs and kitchen waste to create quite a bit of compost. It seems silly to dump it in my city garden bins and then go buy bags of compost to replace it.

My compost has also facilitated a secondary DIY project. Instead of purchasing potting soil to use in containers and start seedlings, I decided to make my own. With all the talk of the unsustainable use of peat in potting soils, I decided to see what I could do using my own compost and a few supplies from the garden store. In my case this involved the simple process of mixing one part homemade compost to one part purchased coconut coir and a quarter-part perlite. There are a number of other potting soil “recipes” available on the Internet – some more complicated, some simpler – for you to try with your own compost.

Building the plants

For many gardeners, the first visit to the nursery each spring is almost a ritual. They pick up their flats of bedding plants – petunias, pansies, etc. – and start bringing the color back into their gardens. I prefer to try and create my own plants from those I already have on the property. It is a bit easier for me since I concentrate on perennials, but starting your annual bedding plants from seed is a great idea, too, and not that difficult, depending on the space you have for starting seedlings and your growing zone.

In my case, some of my plants begin the propagation process without any help from me. The many azaleas in my garden are very happy to start developing new plants through the process of layering. Wherever branches touch the moist ground, azaleas – and other plants – will often start to develop roots. These sections can then be detached from the main plant and potted up for growing or simply transplanted to another area of the garden.

For other plants, I take cuttings and root them in small, recycled containers on my makeshift potting bench. I have done this with rosemary – to create small rosemary topiary bushes – pittosporum and fountain grass. Of course, you can also gather seed from your existing plants and trade them with neighbors, or as I often do, gather seeds from plants you find along your walks. Just yesterday I picked up some wild fennel seeds, which I will try to grow in the garden.

The next time you think about doing a little DIY in your garden, why not reach out to the plants themselves instead of concentrating on the landscape. While building projects can bring some architectural beauty into your garden, I find that developing the soil and developing the plants in my garden is just as important, if not even more important, than building that new trellis or garden wall.