Three garden resolutions via Red Dirt Ramblings

I seem to be much better at holding to other people’s resolutions instead of my own, so I figure I will piggy-back on a few of my favorite blog’s resolutions in order to make a good start on the year.  (LAUGH) — Douglas
 
Remove overly-aggressive plants
1. Remove overly-aggressive plants like Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm.’ Although this was a great plant in my garden when I watered with soaker hoses, it now takes over and crowds out other, more desirable plants. I blame its bad behavior on my having a better watering system. I’ve used drip irrigation since 2008. ‘Goldsturm’ is also only good for skipper butterflies in my garden. Bees like wood bees and honey bees don’t go near it. I am going to keep it in this one terrible part of the garden where very little water and clay soil remain. It’s near the air conditioner so the area is also very hot.
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Captivating Cactus and Striking Succulents: 15 in a series – Opuntia microdasys albata via Succulents and Sunshine

Captivating Cactus and Striking Succulents: 15 in a series – Opuntia microdasys albata via Succulents and Sunshine

Captivating Cactus and Striking Succulents: 15 in a series - Opuntia microdasys albata via Succulents and Sunshine

This paddle cactus is a favorite among indoor and outdoor succulent growers. The green pads of this cacti form shrubs. The pads are not covered in spines, but white or yellow aureoles that look like tufts of cotton. Although they may look soft, use caution when handling them!

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Historical Garden Books – 60 in a series – Gardening for health and recreation; a booklet of information about gardening for busy men and women by American Fork & Hoe Company, Cleveland, Ohio

Historical Garden Books – 60 in a series – Gardening for health and recreation; a booklet of information about gardening for busy men and women by American Fork & Hoe Company, Cleveland, Ohio

Historical Garden Books - 60 in a series - Gardening for health and recreation; a booklet of information about gardening for busy men and women by American Fork & Hoe Company, Cleveland, OhioHistorical Garden Books - 60 in a series - Gardening for health and recreation; a booklet of information about gardening for busy men and women by American Fork & Hoe Company, Cleveland, Ohio

Historical Garden Books - 60 in a series - Gardening for health and recreation; a booklet of information about gardening for busy men and women by American Fork & Hoe Company, Cleveland, OhioHistorical Garden Books - 60 in a series - Gardening for health and recreation; a booklet of information about gardening for busy men and women by American Fork & Hoe Company, Cleveland, Ohio

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THE advantages of gardening as a source of health, recreation and profit are being recognized more and more with every year. It has been taken up by clever and capable people as a livelihood, and shown to be extremely profitable.

The up-to-date farmer recognizes its value as a profitable adjunct to more extensive operations.

Thousands who have been compelled by ill health to give up active business life have been restored to strength and self-support by contact with the bountiful earth.

The wonderful results thus obtainable are now too well known to be questioned anywhere.

But there is another vast field open for gardening, the development of which is still in its infancy.

It possesses wonderful and largely unrealized possibilities for busy men and women who dwell in towns and cities, or their suburbs — who live, in the main, sedentary lives, with little time for recreation.

Many persons so situated are deterred from taking up gardening by the fear that it will necessitate too much hard work, or a large amount of land or expense.

Nothing need be farther from the truth. In fact, no hobby or recreation returns a larger interest in proportion to the original investment.

With proper care, vegetables and flowers more than repay any outlay on seed, plants, fertilizer, tools or other accessories.



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How I use Coffee Grounds In The Garden | Bren Haas via Creative Living with Bren Haas

I use coffee grounds in my gardens, though usually as just green material for my compost bins along with all the other kitchen waste. It is good to see some other, direct, uses for coffee grounds. There is an 18 minute interview video as part of this article, too. — Douglas
 
 
Over the years online I’ve been able to find experts who are excited to share their experience in gardening to debunk the home gardening myths that keep popping up.  Nothing ‘erks’ me more than misleading information being shared online.  In this post, I hope to share with you what I’ve found out about using coffee grounds (and a few other goodies) in your home garden.  I will be sharing my personal experience using coffee grounds.

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NEW DESIGN – Paperwhites 2019 on Totes, Coasters, and More From Douglas E. Welch Design and Photography [For Sale]

NEW DESIGN – Paperwhites 2019 on Totes, Coasters, and More From Douglas E. Welch Design and Photography [For Sale]

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<p>Includes throw blankets, duvet covers, pillows, hoodies, tees, and much more!

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This year’s paper whites have already flowered due to our Winter rains and I always make a point of photographing the first set to bloom. These are one of my most favorite flowers in the garden and are always harbingers of our California Spring.

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The first blooms have shown their cheery face for the season.


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From Gardening Don’ts (1913) by M.C. 08

From Gardening Don'ts (1913) by M.C. 08

DON’T say to those who
come to see your garden:
‘Ah, you should have been
here last week; I have never
seen such a blaze of colour.
Now, of course, everything is
over ;’ or (knowing they are
just going abroad), ‘If you
could only come in a fort-
night’s time, I should really
have something lovely to
show you.’

From Gardening Don'ts by M.C. 01

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Historical Seed Catalogs: Ferguson Seed Farms breed and grow pedigreed field seeds (1917) – 48 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Ferguson Seed Farms breed and grow pedigreed field seeds (1917) – 48 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Ferguson Seed Farms breed and grow pedigreed field seeds (1917) - 48 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Ferguson Seed Farms breed and grow pedigreed field seeds (1917) - 48 in a series

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Doing The Work
Investigation

1. Finding out the best varieties by actually testing them in our trial grounds, watching the reports of the Ex- periment Stations and gauging the general observations and experiences of farmers throughout the Southwest.

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3. Improving these better strains of these better varieties by plant-to-row tests — doing this painstaking and valuable work each and every season. This is the work that mak s our seeds yield bigger crops.

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With all this care our seeds are not yet perfect; they are “high bred,” but not absolutely “pure bred.” We are not promising you more than Old Mother Nature gives to us. In your fields, just the same as in ours along with your better yields and better average quality, you will get your share of runts, sports, throw-backs, reversions, etc. There’s a runt in every litter of even thoroughbred pigs; so in seeds.

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Dazzling Dahlias – 14 in a series – Dahlia via Michelle on Flickr

Dazzling Dahlias – 14 in a series – Dahlia via Michelle on Flickr

Dazzling Dahlias - 14 in a series - Dahlia via Michelle on Flickr

I bought a bunch of red and pink, red and white dahlias at the market yesterday. They are so stunning, they almost don’t look real!

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Historical Garden Books – 59 in a series – The young gardener’s assistant (1835) by Thomas Bridgeman

Historical Garden Books – 59 in a series – The young gardener’s assistant (1835) by Thomas Bridgeman

Historical Garden Books - 59 in a series - The young gardener's assistant (1835) by Thomas Bridgeman

Historical Garden Books - 59 in a series - The young gardener's assistant (1835) by Thomas Bridgeman

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The object of this little work is to enable our respectable seedsmen, while they are furnishing a catalogue of seeds for the use of the Kitchen and Flower Garden, to afford instructions, at a trifling expense, to such of their customers as may not have a regular gardener, and thereby save themselves the blame of those who may not give their seeds a fair trial, for want of knowing bow to dispose of them in the ground.



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