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Mums The Word via Instagram

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Mums The Word

A sea of mums at the local nursery. They had some smaller varieties on sale a few months ago and I have purple and gold varieties there. More signs of Spring. 


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A Poppy Blooms via Instagram

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A Poppy Blooms

Simple, delicate, and yet vibrant, this oriental poppy blooms during a recent trip to the nursery. 

Spring has already arrived here in Los Angeles and I am seeing blooms in gardens, too, not just in the nurseries. 

Our heavy winter rains are causing everything, including the weeds, to explode. There will be a lot of work controlling the unwanted grass this season. 

When I have a chance, I stop by our local @armstronggarden store to see what is in-season, new, and perhaps, on sale. 
Even when I don’t end up buying something, it is a good opportunity to take some photos to share here and on my garden blog, A Gardener’s Notebook 


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Ranunculus Flowers via Instagram

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Ranunculus Flowers

More blooms spotted at the local @armstronggarden. I have thought about adding these bulbs to the garden over the years but somehow never found a color I liked enough. 

This happens often. I see a plant I like but can’t figure out how, or where, to include it in the garden. Usually, this has to do with my lack of full sun areas, but sometimes it is just indecision on my part. 

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Historical Garden Books: Crop growing and crop feeding; a book for the farm, garden and orchard, with special reference to the practical methods of using commercial fertilizers therein (1901)by Wilbur Fisk Massey – 33 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: Crop growing and crop feeding; a book for the farm, garden and orchard, with special reference to the practical methods of using commercial fertilizers therein (1901)by Wilbur Fisk Massey – 33 in a Series

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THE PRACTICAL FARMER’S LIBRARY

PUBLISHED QUARTERLY JANUARY 1ST, APRIL 1ST. JULY lST, OCTOBER 1ST.

SUBSCRIPTION PRICE $2.00 PER YEAR POSTPAID

The Practical Farmer’s Library is a new departure along new lines in agricul- tural journalism. Started January ist, 1899, it instantly sprang into popularity. Its plan, briefly, is a Year Book and Agricultural Almanac, published January ist of each year, followed by three other numbers during the year, especially pre- pared for the farmer and his family for their daily use and reference. The size and shape of the numbers are handy for preservation and a complete alphabetical index in each volume puts the contents of each at the reader’s finger ends. The practical and useful character of the Library is well illustrated by this number. It is gotten up along the lines which practical experience has indicated, will best serve the daily needs of the soil tiller. The four numbers of the year give a mass of information which cannot be found in any other publication, and in just the shape where it is most readily assimilable by the reader.

The Farmer Co., publishers,

PHILADELPHIA


PREFACE.

This book is the result of an effort to put into the plain language of the farm the facts which scientists have worked out in the laboratory, and which practical experience has proved to be applicable to the every day work of the farm. It is written for men who know nothing of chemistry, but who are anxious to learn something of the chemical combinations that are of value in the feeding of crops, and the best way to use them in the permanent improvement of their soil. For men who know nothing of the mysteries of plant life, but who are anxious to learn how plants live, grow and perform all their work in soil and air, so that they may be better able to comprehend their needs, and supply them in a rational manner.

While endeavoring to make the book scientifically accurate in all its statements I have tried to avoid all pedantry, but to make the whole so plain that the “way- faring man, though a fool, need not err.” I have undertaken the work with a good deal of misgiving as to what should be its exact position on some of the problems in nature as yet not fully solved, and about which there is much yet to be learned by the wisest minds. When such problems are attempted, I will candidly say that I do not as yet fully comprehend the processes involved, I will give the results so far as they are known. The acquirement of nitrogen by leguminous plants is one of the problems that has not yet been fully worked out, and while we know that they do get the nitrogen through the agency of minute organisms that live with them on their roots, the exact process by which these microscopic forms get the nitrogen is not yet fully understood. But for our purpose it is enough to know that they do get it and store it in the roots and soil for the future crop.

N. C. College of A. &. M. A.,

Raleigh, N. C.

More information on this book:

Publication date 1901
Publisher Philadelphia, The Farmer Company
Digitizing sponsor Sloan Foundation
Language English
 
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Event: Tomatomania San Fernando Valley, March 16-18, 2019

Event: Tomatomania San Fernando Valley, March 16-18, 2019

Tapia Brothers, Encino, CA – March 16-18

For almost 20 years one of Los Angeles’ oldest garden traditions meets one of its newest sensations as Tapia Brothers Farm Stand hosts the largest of the TOMATOMANIA! seedling sales. We’ll showcase almost 300 tomato varieties (yes, you read that right) and offer everything you’ll need to have the most successful tomato season ever. Our team of Tomatomaniacs will help you with all the details.

Oh and Peppers!  We’ve grown out over 50 unique varieties that will be a perfect complement to the tomatoes you’ll be growing this summer.

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The event line up is filled with classes so you can get your TOMATO PHD, meet our new Tomato of the Year and revel in some really unique tomato varieties we’ve found, tested and tasted in the last year. We have new hosts, new events and even more time in some communities so we can offer you a more convenient opportunity to share in Tomatomania and the energy of the spring.

We’ll be open 9-5 all three days (even if it rains) and there’s plenty of parking available.

How many seedlings do you need? Wear your TOMATOMANIA! t-shirt to get 10% off your purchase.

If you miss us during our showcase weekend, don’t lose hope. This pop up becomes a “Stay Put” and you will find us there in our “hay bale boutique” as TOMATOMANIA continues at Tapia through April 14.

Event: Tomatomania San Fernando Valley, March 16-18, 2019

Tapia Brothers Farm Stand

5251 Hayvenhurst Ave, Encino, CA 91436
9am – 5pm all three days

(818) 905-6155

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Every spring, thousands of self-described “’maniacs” gather for a series of multi-day garden events for the largest tomato seedling sale in the nation: Tomatomania! CEOs and soccer moms, grandmothers and hipsters, hardcore gardeners and eager first-timers—folks from every walk of life unite to celebrate this energetic rite of spring and their shared love of tomatoes.

In this practical and fun guide, Tomatomania! owner Scott Daigre provides a peek into his Ojai, California, tomato patch and details a “reality gardening” approach to growing the world’s favorite summer treat. Tomatomania! walks readers through every step of the tomato gardening process, from the earliest planning stages to those final satisfying kitchen table moments of the season.

Including 20 simple yet unique recipes and numerous kitchen tips to get the most out of your tomato harvest, this comprehensive guide to growing and cooking with tomatoes will turn you, too, into a proud ’maniac!

 

Bonsai via Instagram

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Bonsai

A small, simple bonsai spotted @armstronggarden near me. I am always amazed at the delicate, miniature representations of bonsai, even if I don’t think I could ever develop the skill or patience necessary to create my own. I can always appreciate them, though. 😀… and the hard work that goes into creating them. 

When I have a chance, I stop by our local @armstronggarden store to see what is in-season, new, and perhaps, on sale. 
Even when I don’t end up buying something, it is a good opportunity to take some photos to share.

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10 Easy Pieces: Wood Compost Bins via Gardenista

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get started composting, but if you are so inclined, here are a number of fancy methods to get you started in creating your own soil amendments. — Douglas
Stylish compost? Not an oxymoron. Here are 10 of our favorite wood compost bins and composting systems, in sizes to fit all gardens.

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Camellia Bloom via Instagram

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Camellia Bloom via Instagram

Camellia Bloom

While they only bloom for a short period of time each year, Camellia certainly carry a large flower bang for your gardening buck. There are so many different varieties, flower forms and colors that nearly any gardener can find a camellia they love. 
Here in Los Angeles, we are blessed with an entire camellia forest at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge @descansogardens on Instagram.

The last time I was there at camellia time I took hundreds of photos of dozens of types of camellias and more. See some of them using this link — Camellias on A Gardener’s Notebook.

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Garden Decor: Cute Recycled Metal Sunflower

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Garden Decor: Cute Recycled Metal Sunflower

Garden Decor: Cute Recycled Metal Sunflower

Always one to reduce, reuse, recycle myself, I was happy to find this gem at the local @armstronggarden a few days ago. 
I think this had just the right amount of cute and kitsch for my own garden without falling over the ”gaudy” line. 😀

Do you have your own home grown garden decor that you love? Add it ot to the comments!

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