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January 2012

Project: One Board Birdhouse

I made a few of these with my son and they are a great project to do with kids or with any group. You could even make a fundraiser out of this where the kids build and then paint/augment the design. Due to its design you don’t really need any power tools at all, although […]

News: UCLA’s plans to sell Japenese garden stirs un-Zen-like uproar

I would hope that some arrangement could be developed, but the property is worth so much money that it is difficult to see how it can be maintained in its current state. A great loss after so many years brought on by the governmental stalemate but state wide and nationally. UCLA’s plans to sell Japenese […]

Photos: Today in the neighborhood

Whenever we take our usual walk through the neighborhood I the my camera with me, just in case we see something interesting. Today turned up the fruit and plants below including grapefruit, figs, and a couple of neat looking trees. Are you a big user of Google+ or Facebook. You can join the Gardener’s Notebook […]

I LIke This in Gardening for January 21, 2012

Interesting gardening items I found in the last 2 weeks… Pallet trellis…perfect for squash http://t.co/SpJepbsN What I’m Reading…Fermentation is your friend http://t.co/v6ZHNUNN Compost fence http://t.co/4C56YQlr Wine Crate Gardening http://t.co/R5ng4atX DIY shade finder tool takes the tedium out of solar surveys http://t.co/84ljJU4O HOW TO PROPAGATE LAVENDER FROM CUTTINGS – Works with rosemary also http://t.co/K1ecCR7F 100 books about the world around us: […]

What I’m Reading…Fermentation is your friend

Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods by  Sandor Ellix Katz Description from Amazon.com… “Bread. Cheese. Wine. Beer. Coffee. Chocolate. Most people consume fermented foods and drinks every day. For thousands of years, humans have enjoyed the distinctive flavors and nutrition resulting from the transformative power of microscopic bacteria and fungi. Wild Fermentation: […]

Photo: Snowbells

Following close after the paperwhites each year are the snowbells. These grow in small clumps all over the garden and were planted by the previous owners. I am thinking that I might augment these bulbs with some new ones for the coming year. I love the little green dots at the ends of the white […]

Photos: Daffodils Arising

My labor a few months ago of planting 75 new daffodil bulbs is starting to bear fruit. As I walked out the front door the other day I noticed the daffodil bulbs throwing up nice strong leaves from among the leaf litter in the beds. It looks like these new bulbs are going to bloom […]

Photos: Seedlings and roses

The seasons are always a bit wonky here in Southern California, so I present these two things which would be considered strange to nearly everyone else in the US at this time of year — seedlings and roses. The kale seedlings need to be started now as kale, and many other leaf crops, will bolt […]

The leaf cleanup never ends!

My garden is filled with leaves. It only makes sense since it is totally surrounded by mature trees of many varieties. Even more, the deciduous trees drop their leaves only to start a completely new set almost immediately. Even worse, I really don’t like cleaning up leaves. Oh woe is me! (LAUGH)   Today, though, […]

I Like This – Wine Crate Gardening

This ended up being a very, very popular “pin” on Pinterest.com. You can find my “pins” on my personal Pinterest Page. The link will take you to the original source of the photos and ideas at the Fennel and Fern blog from the UK. This idea has made me start looking at every cool container […]