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Join Douglas for a Saturday6 Garden Q&A and Troy-Bilt product demo – Sat., May 21, 2011

May 9th, 2011 Comments off


It’s Gardening Time in the Valley!

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Garden Q&A and Product Demo

Join us at Lowe’s Northridge on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 10am-1p and meet me, Douglas E. Welch, from A Gardener’s Notebook blog and a member of Troy-Bilt’s Saturday6.


Troy-Bilt area manager, Vince Landseadal, will have a selection of Troy-Bilt equipment and tools for you to test out and together we’ll have lots of great gardening conversations, Q&A and more!. I’d love to see you there!

When: Saturday, May 21, 2011 – 10am-1pm

Where: In the Tent, Lowe’s Northridge, 19601 West Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA, 91324 [Map]

Who are the Saturday6!

Direct from their backyards, these bloggers share their trials, tribulations and triumphs in all things lawn and gardening. Now, they’re teaming up with Troy-Bilt® to bring you their best tips and tricks to help make your Saturday in the yard a rewarding one. Let us introduce you to the Saturday Six. In coming months, you will see more from this talented group in The Dirt with how-to videos, sharing favorite lawn and gardening projects, product reviews and giveaways, as well as out and about at local Lowe’s® stores.

Douglas E. Welch from A Gardener’s Notebook Born in the epitome of small town America – New London, Ohio – Douglas Welch spent many summers digging and planting vegetables in his grandmother’s garden or driving a tractor on his family’s small soybean farm. Computer work called him to the big city of Los Angeles, but he managed to take a piece of Ohio with him. When he and his wife bought their first home, they inherited an overgrown, 10 year old garden. He has spent his years renovating what was a meticulous Japanese garden into a small piece of woodland among the urban cement. This double life illustrates his belief that balance in this modern world requires a combination of high-tech and high-touch living. Douglas’ gardening column and podcast, A Gardener’s Notebook, began in 1996 and is available at

Kylee Baumle from Our Little Acre Kylee Baumle lives and gardens in Zone 5b in northwest Ohio, where she tames the native clay to produce vegetables, fruits, and as many annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees as she can fit onto an acre surrounded by rural farmland. Author of the popular gardening blog, Our Little Acre, Kylee is a freelance writer and photographer who feels fortunate to have a husband who sometimes joins in on her gardening projects and who loves cats as much as she does.

Jennah Watters from Jennah’s Garden After a lifetime of consciously avoiding helping her mother garden, Jennah started gardening voluntarily in 2007, when she and her husband bought their first home. It came with only a few sad, half-dead bushes and one all-the-way-dead mum. (Things are much better now.) Notorious for moving plants several times before being content with their location, Jennah gardens by trial and error, and attempts not to dwell on the error. She is wife to a deputy sheriff and mom to two cats and one dog, and hopes to one day be as good a gardener as her grandparents.

Cynthia “Meems” Glover from Hoe and Shovel Cynthia lives and gardens in her beloved native state of Florida only a short distance from the beautiful shores of the Gulf of Mexico. She is a blogger, freelance writer, amateur photographer, Master Gardener, and garden coach. Cynthia specializes in Florida-friendly and native plants, while steadfastly adhering to “right-plant, right place” in her mostly shady garden. It is her passion to share and teach all she’s learned while gardening in a challenging growing climate and to inspire hopeful gardeners to enjoy their gardens, too.

Gina Thomas from My Skinny Garden Gina lives and gardens in the Chicagoland area, zone 5b. One summer day in 2007, she decided to grow an organic tomato – four years later, most of the yard of her small house has been replaced by vegetable and perennial gardens. While she still considers herself a novice gardener, killing the occasional plant, every now and then, she grows something phenomenal or builds something interesting. Her greatest gardening accomplishments are the cedar pergola built over a weekend with good friends, raised vegetable beds she constructed herself, and the trip to Las Vegas she won in a tastiest tomato contest. Her philosophy is simple – grow, marvel, eat, laugh, persevere. Gina is a part-time freelance writer and the cofounder and vice president of Forest Park Community Garden, a nonprofit 501(c)3 dedicated to educating the community on building organic sustainable food systems. Gina chronicles her gardening and DIY conundrums at her blog My Skinny Garden.

Mark Clement from MyFixitUpLife Mark Clement is a licensed contractor, co-hosts the live radio show MyFixitUpLife with his wife Theresa, regularly contributes to “Extreme How-To” magazine, “Professional Deck Builder” magazine, AOL’s DIY Life,,, OldHouseWeb, “Old House Journal,” and has been a featured guest on DIY Network, Discovery Channel, HGTV and PBS.

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Photos: National Train Day 2011

May 8th, 2011 Comments off

Douglas is coming to Cleveland, Ohio on May 11, 2011

May 4th, 2011 Comments off


I am going to be in Cleveland, Ohio (and my hometown of New London) from Wed, May 11, 2011 to Sunday, May 15, 2011 to kick off Saturday6,  a new, garden blog project with Troy-Bilt. As I am arriving a day early, I will be available for various meetups and consulting sessions based on all my areas of interest.

If you would like a private consult on career or new media questions, drop me at line at to schedule a time. These consults are billed at my usual rate of $100/hour and would most likely take place near downtown Cleveland, as that is where I will be staying.

I am also open for an informal meetup on Wednesday afternoon or evening, if folks are interested. We can set up an event on Facebook or other service to allow for RSVPs.

I look forward to seeing you all and spending some time in my hometown again.

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I Like This – May 4, 2011

May 4th, 2011 Comments off

A collection of interesting items I found in my daily reading.

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Event: National Train Day – Saturday. May 7, 2011

May 3rd, 2011 Comments off


National Train Day

When/Where: Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Union Station, 800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles

Why Go: This is the “must go” train event of the year celebrating 40 years of Amtrak history. See model trains, train equipment displays, special exhibits and other exciting attractions. Get up close and personal with Amtrak equipment to experience first-hand the modern amenities and accommodations offered by passenger rail. Take a peek at how passengers traveled in past generations by touring a variety of historic train cars and privately owned luxury coaches. There’s live entertainment and more. For further details, go the National Train Day website.

Pricing: Free

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The archers have arrived!

May 2nd, 2011 1 comment

The archers have arrived!, originally uploaded by dewelch.

Douglas and Joe in their SCA garb in preparation for the Robin Hood tournament last Saturday

I shot a 72 in the novelty tournament and Joseph won the youth division in Thrown weapons (knives, axes and spears).

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