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Book: A Wilder Life by Celestine Maddy with Abbye Churchill

A Wilder Life by Celestine Maddy with Abbye Churchill Artisan, A Division of Workman Publishing Company, Inc. Every book, no matter what the genre, is always a unique representation of its author and A Wilder Life seems to delve into all the interests of author, Celestine Maddy and reveals a wide and varied landscape of […]

Noted: The Best Composters for Kitchen Scraps via The Sweet Home

The Best Composters for Kitchen Scraps via The Sweet Home If we were looking for a low-maintenance composter for your yard, we’d get Earth Machine, a composter that’s big enough for most households and often available at a substantial discount from local Public Works departments. It’s easy to assemble without tools, the top opens large […]

Noted: DIY: Backyard Composter from a Garbage Can + What Can Be Tossed from Inhabitat

DIY: Backyard Composter from a Garbage Can + What Can Be Tossed Many cities around the world now have composting programs so household food scraps and garden clippings can be mulched rather than ending up in landfills. This is a great practice, but there are also a lot of places that don’t have a program […]

Garden Vocabulary: Humus

This Garden Vocabulary series seeks to introduce and explain to you — and in many cases, myself — words and terms associated with gardening. Please let me know if  there are any terms you would like me to explore. You can leave your ideas in the comments section and we can learn together! Humus In soil science, […]

Video: In the garden…Compost Harvest – December 16, 2012

“In the garden…” is a series for A Gardener’s Notebook highlighting what is happening in my garden, my friend’s gardens and California gardens throughout the seasons. Can’t see the video above? Watch “In the garden…Compost Harvest – December 16, 2012” on YouTube   Watch all the past “In the garden…” videos in this YouTube playlist. Please Like this video and/or […]

In the garden…Leaves begone!

We jumped right into work this afternoon, so I didn’t get a chance to shoot any video. It was far more important to get the job done. A combination of time available and energy level led us to tackle a big, twice-a-year job — cleaning all of the leaves off the roof of the house. […]

2012 Gift Guide: Bosmere K676 11 Cubic Foot Composter

I have had 2 of these bins for the past 8-9 seasons and they are going strong. I was lucky enough to get mine at a discount via our local recycling and composting program, but I see them listed here on Amazon.com and you might be able to find them locally, too. Assembly was easy […]

Elsewhere: Full Circle Kitchen Composter: Review and Giveaway!

My fellow Saturday6 member, Kylee Baumlee, is giving away one of these cool compost buckets. This could be the one that finally meets all my criteria. I have been making-do with this container or another, but this system seems like it might make my composting life just a bit easier. Leave a comment on Our […]

Video: Your Day with Susy Morris – Potting Soil

Here is a nice video on making your own potting soil from Susy Morris and the ChiotsRun gardening blog. Can’t see the video above? Watch it on YouTube. Read more on this topic: Project: Homemade Potting soil project Homemade Potting soil and potting bench Video: Vegetables in Containers Video: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day 2012 – […]

Cucumber trellis and plant volunteers

After discovering that one of the plants on the container was a cucumber, I put out a small trellis for it to climb today. (See Container Vegetable Garden Update 001) We have pieces of this trellis all over the garden from the previous owners (16 years ago!?!?) so we always have a bit to use […]