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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Elsewhere Online: World's Youngest Gardening Blogger

Susan Harris over at Takoma Gardener posted this neat story about a young gardener who is also a blogger. Way cool!

World's Youngest Gardening Blogger

A passion was born in Dylan Dukes when, at the age of 3, he was shown a
watermelon seed and told it would turn into a watermelon. So he grew a
few and when that wasn't enough, his smart mom started a
real veggie garden with him at the Youth Garden of the National Arboretum in the heart of D.C. Now 6 and nuts about gardening, Dylan may be the
gardening world's youngest blogger; he's already
documenting his garden and will soon be uploading his photos.

(Via Takoma Gardener.)

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Drip, drip, drip

We all have our little quirks and oddities....well...ok...some of us have more quirks than others, but that's another post. Anyway, one of my obsessions, and yes it goes far beyond a pet peeve, is a dripping water faucet. When I install a new hose, it MUST NOT DRIP. I will tighten fittings, change out washers and even replace the hose tap, if I must.

Living here in the near-desert of Southern California, I simply can't stand the wasting of water, and yet I see it everyday. In true Adrian Monk fashion I want to carry around my tools and fix each and every lawn sprinkler that is shooting up a 10 foot high fountain, or watering the sidewalk or watering during a rainstorm, etc, etc, etc.

You would think that after inhabiting this valley for over 150 years, we would have figured out how to preserve our more precious commodity. As they say, though, intelligence has its limits but gardening stupidity goes clear to the bone.

So, if you are driving around Los Angeles and see some guy jump out of his car to cap an errant sprinkler, give a little wave. It's probably me.

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Elsewhere Online: HortIdeas

Cool Tools points out the commercial newsletter, HortIdeas, for great gardening information and offers some samples in their post (Link below).

I did a quick Google search on HortIdeas and found a wealth of similar resources that use HortIdeas as reference. If you aren't quite ready to splurge for a HortIdeas subscription ($15/year via email), you can probably still benefit from these additional articles that reference it. Of course, I am enough of a geek, in all things, that a newsletter like this sounds great! (SMILE)


Do plants have ideas? Yes.

I use this monthly to troll for the best in the art and science of gardening. Each month editors Greg and Pat Williams extract the meatiest, handiest, most practical innovations in vegetable, fruit and flower horticulture. They tirelessly glean material from obscure ag-extension bulletins, garden club newsletters, seed catalogs and dusty journals, reading it all so you don't have to, and translating it into clear English so you can use it. [Continues]

(Via Cool Tools.)

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Monday, July 31, 2006

Authors, garden storytelling, volunteers and more - July 31, 2006

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I'd love to hear what's going on in your garden. Post your comments here or email them to agn@welchwrite.com.

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

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