My favorite shared garden items for May 2012

Here are my favorite shared items for May 2012.

Please let me know in the comments if you find any of these particularly useful. I’ll keep my eye open for similar items — Douglas

  1. Garden / Grow your own sweet potatoes
  2. Garden / Quick and easy gardening idea for new space just using topsoil bags for the first year
  3. Garden / David Perry Photographer
  4. Garden / A host of garden marker ideas
  5. Garden / Salad Table
  6. Garden / Pretty gem wind chime
  7. Garden / Pallet Recycling In Your Garden | Gardening Tips n Ideas
  8. Garden / Driftwood stick tree for the garden
  9. Garden / Cool Hunting Video Presents: California Carnivores by Cool Hunting.
  10. Garden / Cool recycled pallet planter box perfect for the farmhouse
  11. Garden / Kitchen Garden design, a winner in Italy — City Farmer News
  12. Garden / Heavy Petal  Handmade Garden Projects
  13. Garden / Studio G, Garden Design & Landscape Inspiration » Chelsea Flower Show 2012 – Cleve West’s Best in Show
  14. Garden / Creative gardening in small urban spaces
  15. Garden / Faucet Hooks | Buy from Gardener’s Supply
  16. Garden / Book – Handmade garden projects
  17. Garden / Mini green houses
  18. Garden / The Galloping Gardener: Gertrude Jekyll garden under restoration at Tylney Hall, Hampshire
  19. Garden / Our Little Acre: DIY – Pipe Dream Planter

Flower Drawing

I spent some time practicing with my Wacom tablet yesterday and came up with this cute flower drawing.


Video: What Douglas Dug… Show 002 – Podcast

Our second episode of What Douglas Dug…, our regular review show of neat gardening items I have found in my Internet travels. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Winner: DK Simple Steps to Success – Shrubs and Trees

I have chosen the winner for our DK Simple Steps to Success – Shrubs and Trees book giveaway.

The lucky winner is Ishieta C.!

They have been notified by email.

Thanks to all the entered. Watch this blog for more — and bigger — giveaways in the coming months!

Free garden wallpapers for June 2012 – Hibiscus closeup

Here is a selection of free wallpapers for your computer desktop or smartphone. Right-click and select Save Image As… to download them to your own computer. On your smartphone, tap and hold, then select Save to Camera Roll. You can then attach the wallpapers using your phone’s preferences.

Desktop Wallpaper

iPad/Tablet Wallpaper

iPhone/Smartphone Wallpaper

Previous garden wallpapers:

Elsewhere: Grow your own greens using this “salad table”

I came across this in my PInterest pins a few weeks ago. A great idea for growing greens easily in limited space.
Salad Table: The University of Maryland’s Jon Traunfeld explains how to grow your own greens using an innovative salad table. Part 1.

Source: via Douglas on Pinterest


Video: Garden Tip – Put the goodness back in your garden

Keep your garden waste out of your city garden bin and put it to use for you. There is little need to buy bag after bag of compost, top dressing, and mulch each year when many of us have plenty of material to use right in our own gardens.

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Photo: Wild fennel at Sycamore Canyon Campground


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Photo: Slices of tree trunk as stepping stones in the garden

This was part of one of the design gardens at the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2012. I am not sure what type of saw could give you such perfect slices. They seem large for using a chain saw. Perhaps there is a sawmill that turns them out as a specialty item.

Nice paving using tree trunk lices

See the complete set of photos from the Southern California Spring Garden Show.


Video: In the garden for May 26, 2012

An overview of what is happening in my garden today. We take a look at the mulched path project from last week, hibiscus flowers, carrots, tomatoes, basil and my clytostoma calistagoides flowering vine. (7 mins)


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