Archive | February, 2013
gardening tips

Gardening Tips for Azaleas (and Rhododendrons)

It’s getting to be that time of year when azaleas — those usually quiet little shrubs — do their thing and the oohs and ahhs start. So since they’ll be on your mind, I thought it might be a good time for some gardening tips on azaleas. I’ve got two short videos. The first will [...]

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Permaculture Mini Series – Part 5: No Pond, No Problem

Your permaculture garden is going to need sun and it’s going to need water. It’s  sunlight is determined by how you site and design your garden; either you’ll have it or you won’t.  (Of course, if you don’t have sun, you won’t have much of a garden either). Fortunately, you have a bit more control [...]

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Oh Ick! Gardening Tips for Clean Hands

You may not have been out in the garden much lately so let me remind you of a common scenario: You get up early and enjoy a wonderful, productive morning of digging and planting and playing in the dirt in general. You finish up for the day and are feeling pretty good about things and [...]

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Permaculture Mini Series – Part 4: The Benefits of a Pond

If you’ve been following the permaculture mini series, you may have noticed ponds in Geoff Lawton’s design in the last installment. If you’re serious about permaculture, ponds are more than a decorative element in your garden. Much more. If you don’t already have a pond in your garden, in today’s video you’ll learn six very [...]

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Permaculture Mini Series – Part 3: Designing a Permaculture

If you’re still following the permaculture mini series and have passed through the posts on reasons, philosophy, and planning, you should be ready to dig in a little more. And that means Geoff Lawton. If you’re unfamiliar with Geoff Lawton, here’s a little of what Wikipedia has to say about him: Geoff Lawton is a [...]

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Permaculture Mini Series – Part 2: The Principles

There are many reasons to consider permaculture. Yesterday in Part 1 of this mini series, we explored just one: global warming. Maybe some of the other reasons have more relevance for you than global warming, but for me, that one is enough. So, now that I’ve convinced at least myself that permaculture is worth pursuing, [...]

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books for organic gardeners

Books for Organic Gardeners: An Oldie-But-a-Goodie

One of my very first “serious” gardens was based on Mel Bartholomew’s Square Foot Gardening. A few people teased me about being compulsively tidy, but my square-foot gardens have always been resounding successes. If you’ve never tried this gardening method and would like to know more about the updated book, Jodi Torpey over at Vegetable [...]

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Permaculture Mini Series – Part 1: One Good Reason

Organic gardening is a slippery slope. You start out with a little patch — maybe just a container — hoping to grow a little healthy, chemical-free food for yourself and  your family. But sometimes in that small mission, you can’t help but be drawn into a larger one. You want to go beyond just growing [...]

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garden news

Garden News: The Veggiest City in the U.S.

Not all organic gardeners are vegan, but some are. And a lot of vegans are organic gardeners. So, with that in mind . . . What would you guess is — according to the garden news — the most vegan-friendly city in the country? According to Colleen Holland of VegNews.com, the prize goes to Los [...]

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Garden News: Show Garden Design Plans for the Chelsea Flower Show

  The design plans for the show gardens at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show are in. You can link to them here if you’re interested.  

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