Photo: Acanthus in the garden via Instagram

Acanthus picture taken in the garden today. It is almost finished with this bloom.

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Elsewhere: Farm Tiller stood upright and made into a fountain

I vaguely remember seeing this idea once before a long time ago. This would had been a great idea when I was back living on the farm as a child. It is a section of harrow blades (a farming implement we called a “disc”) turned up-right and fitted with a fountain pump.

It certainly would make a grand statement as part of any garden, rural or urban.

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Video: Vegetables in Containers

In this project, we use vegetables in containers to make the most of the few, full sun, areas we have in the garden — chasing the sun, as it were. We found the large pots at a yard sale just 2 hours away. The original marked price was $7 each. We got them for $2 each. I used some re-purposed flagstones as a stable base for each pot and picked up some soil at the gardening center, having run out of my own homemade potting soil.

The total time required to put these 3 pots together, including the time required for taking the video, was only about an hour. A small investment for such a large vegetable planting. You can see me transplanting some of our seedlings. but we will also start some seeds in these pots.

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Video: Make-Do Garden Fountain

A short video and description of a new garden fountain I assembled out of otherwise unused parts. Never be afraid to assemble garden elements from pieces that are sitting idle in your garden. It is almost like assembling a meal out of what you happen to have in your fridge on any given day. A little bit of this. A little bit of that. Soon you have something really interesting to add to your garden.

You can find pumps like the one I used in this project at your local garden store. Here is a link to some available from Amazon.com that you can use as examples.

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Fountain pumps from Amazon.com

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Elsewhere: Best tomato cages: Six picks from the pros

I came across this short LA Times article on tomato cages and saw that Scott Daigre of Tomatomania was one of those interviewed. I have interviewed Scott myself on 2 occasions as our local tomato mania event happens just a mile from our house. You can see my interview with Scott in the video below. The article shows several ways of staking your tomato plants to counteract their usually “floppy” habit.

Best tomato cages: Six picks from the pros

Brandywine or San Marzano? Cherokee Purple or Early Girl? Once you get past the questions of what kind of tomatoes to plant, you quickly reach question No. 2: What kind of support is best? We surveyed six L.A. garden pros about their favorite tomato cage and got six different answers, including some clever tweaks on garden-store staples:


Scott Daigre:
 The owner of Powerplant Garden Design in Ojai and the organizer of the Tomatomania! events said tomato vines are more flexible than you might think.

He wrote an article titled “Your Tomatoes Deserve Better Support” for Fine Gardening magazine last year in which he explained how he likes to train tomato plants across trellises made of concrete reinforcing wire or heavy galvanized animal fencing, often called hog wire, sold at feed stores.

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Read the entire article

 

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Video: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day 2012 – Photo Montage

A short photo montage of what is blooming in our garden today. We get fewer and fewer blooms as we head into the hottest part of the summer and the plants go a bit dormant in the heat. These are posted as part of May Dreams Gardens monthly Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.

Check out many other garden bloggers who participate in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day at May Dreams Garden.

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Photos: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day at May Dream Gardens

Here is what is blooming in our garden today. We get fewer and fewer blooms as we head into the hottest part of the summer and the plants go a bit dormant in the heat. These are posted as part of May Dreams Gardens monthly Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.

Check out many other garden bloggers who participate in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day at May Dreams Garden.

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Elsewhere: Gorgeous Flower Mosaic

I came across this gorgeous mosaic on Pinterest last night. Unfortunately, any further info is hidden behind a login screen on a members only web site. Grrrr. Still, at least we can enjoy it and perhaps think about how we might accomplish something like this ourselves.

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Video: Beautiful and Productive Garden

A short photo montage of a friend’s garden in Brentwood, California.

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Free Mulch Giveaway – City of Los Angeles

Information from the City of LA Web Site…

Free Mulch Give-Away

The Free Mulch Give-Away program is available to all L.A. Residents.

The Bureau of Sanitation is “Closing The Loop” by providing free quality mulch in 11 different locations throughout the City of Los Angeles that are open to the public.

Instructions: Bring your own shovel, bag or pick-up; load up your own containers and take as much as you need.

If any locations run out of mulch or you want to know delivery schedule 
Please call the Lopez Canyon Environmental Center at (818) 834-5122

To learn more about the mulch we offer visit san.lacity.org/srpcd/mulch_compost.htm

Note: Clicking on the “Directions” hyperlink provided will give the exact location of the give-away.
Location addresses listed may be for the nearest property in the vacinity of the give-away.
The back page of the Mulch Give-Away Flyer will also have those exact locations illustrated.

Boyle Heights

 is Now Open 

Address: 850 N Mission Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90033
Mulch Delivered to this Location: Thursdays (compost) and Fridays (mulch)
Hours of operation: Tue/Thu 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. & 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
How to get there: Directions


East L.A.

 (near Boyle Heights)

Address: 2649 E Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90023
Mulch Delivered to this Location: Wednesdays
Hours of operation: Fri-Sun 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
How to get there: Directions


Elysian Valley

Address: 3000 Gilroy St. Los Angeles, CA 90039
Mulch Delivered to this Location: Mondays and Thursdays
Hours of operation: Everyday 7:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
How to get there: Directions


Lake View Terrace

 (near Sylmar)

Address: 11950 Lopez Canyon Rd. San Fernando Valley, CA 91342
Mulch Delivered to this Location: Everyday (except weekend)
Hours of operation: Everyday 7:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
How to get there: Directions


North Hills

 (near Van Nuys Airport)

Address: 16600 Roscoe Pl. North Hills, CA 91343
Mulch Delivered to this Location: Wednesdays and Fridays
Hours of operation: Everyday 7:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
How to get there: Directions


North Hollywood

 (near Burbank) is Now Open 

Address: Corner of Vineland Ave. & W. Chandler Blvd., San Fernando Valley, Ca 91601
Mulch Delivered to this Location: Mondays and Thursdays
Hours of operation: Everyday 7:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
How to get there: Directions


San Pedro

Address: 1400 N Gaffey St. San Pedro, CA 90731
Mulch Delivered to this Location: Fridays
Hours of operation: Everyday 7:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
How to get there: Directions


Sun Valley

 (near Sheldon-Arleta Park)

Address: 12455 Wicks St. San Fernando Valley, CA 91352
Mulch Delivered to this Location: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Hours of operation: Everyday 7:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
How to get there: Directions


Van Nuys

 (near D.C. Tillman Plant)

Address: 15800 Victory Blvd. San Fernando Valley, CA 91406
Entrance South of Densmore Ave. Intersection
Mulch Delivered to this Location: Mondays
Hours of operation: Mon-Fri 7:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
How to get there: Directions


West L.A.

Address: 6001 Bowcroft St. Los Angeles, CA 90016
Mulch Delivered to this Location: Thursdays
Hours of operation: Everyday 7:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
How to get there: Directions


Lincoln Heights

 is Now Open 

Address: 1903 Humboltdt St. Los Angeles, CA 90031
Mulch Delivered to this Location: Monday and Thursday
Hours of operation: Everyday 7:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
How to get there: Directions


Million Trees LA, the Mayor’s initiative that aims to grow the Los Angeles urban forest and make the city greener and more sustainable, will use the new facility as the location for its future tree adoptions, environmental workshops and other events. The parcel of land at Mission Road, previously housing air treatment facilities owned and operated by the Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation, now offers tree adoption and mulch give-away services.

For more information call James Kurz: (818) 834-5133