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    Pretty propagating: How To Multiply your Plants

    by  • November 21, 2016 • Garden, How to

    Lamb's ears are easy reseeders

    Propagating plants in a Sierra foothill garden Propagating plants is making new plants from existing ones in your garden. Anyone can be a plant propagator with these easy, traditional and low-tech techniques that are perfect for our California foothills. It’s fun and economical, and you’ll be surprised to see how easy it is with these...

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    Easy steps to a clean birdbath

    by  • November 19, 2013 • How to, Wildlife

    How to clean a bird bath in twelve photos Keeping a birdbath sparkling clean is easy and it’s worth a bit of effort to keep your wild birds happy and healthy.  Algae may be a natural thing, but it’s not attractive when your bird bath is within sight of your windows like you want...

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    Violas over daffodils

    by  • November 29, 2012 • Fall, Garden, How to, Plant Profiles, Projects

    End of March 2011, everybody's fine!

    Violas and pansies are perfect daffodil partners Last year, I planted violas over the mini daffodils in patio pots and want to do the same this year. Deer don’t bother these on the patio,…they rarely come up the concrete steps any more and they aren’t attracted to either plant.  It’s a safe zone.  ...

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    My green onion garden

    by  • March 17, 2012 • Edibles, Garden, How to, Projects

    Did you know that when green onions get a bit old in the fridge, you can plant them in a garden pot or veggie garden? I did this in my galvanized wash tub garden and could cut fresh onion tops all through Autumn. These are regular grocery store green onions that I plugged in...

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    Keeping garden records

    by  • January 26, 2012 • Garden, How to, Projects

    Plant lists for each shopping trip

    Simple Record Keeping for the Garden Fall and winter can be good times to settle in and plan for future projects. One thing that helps is keeping records, making lists and collecting clippings all in one place A garden journal can help when sorting out a new garden situation.   It is all different gardening...

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    Decorating with Winter Berries

    by  • January 2, 2012 • Design, How to, Projects, Winter

    Decorating with natural elements for a fresh New Year! After the holidays, I like to decorate my house in a fresh new way sometimes.  I bring out my favorite cobalt blue and aqua glass combination and if it’s snowy and cold, I lay the furry sheepskin over the back of the couch. This year I’m...

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    Blog Archive Happiness

    by  • November 16, 2011 • How to, Something different

      –Nov 16  Today, I’m happy because I have found a way to create a blog archive in one step. On my wordpress.org blog, the easiest in the world, here’s what you do.  Click on Add New Page and type this: …that’s all.  Now you have a nice list of every post you’ve written, easy...

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    How to make an easy garden stepping stone

    by  • November 7, 2011 • How to, Projects

    How many of us have a stash of these plastic flats with the built in pattern?

    My friend crafty friend, Cheryl, and I have been at it again!  We had a brainstorm!   This stepping stone can be made in a snap using Ready-mix concrete and a plastic flat used by nurseries to hold ground covers. You can even reuse the mold to make more than one! Materials: A groundcover nursery flat...

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    Culinary Herb garden in a basket

    by  • October 4, 2011 • How to, Projects

    Finding a large woven basket can be useful as a kitchen garden in a small garden or where deer abound. Sometimes having a basket of herbs close by the kitchen door, will discourage deer who tend to keep their distance. To make the basket last as long as possible fit a piece of heavy black...

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    How to make Hypertufa Troughs

    by  • August 6, 2011 • Garden, Garden art, How to, Projects, Something different

    Finished but still drying

    What are hypertufa troughs? Hypertufa (pronounced hyper-toofa) is a mixture of peat moss, perlite, cement and water. Old stone watering troughs in England could be found in farmer’s fields, sometimes built into stone walls to provide water for two fields of livestock. These troughs are usually one-of-a-kind, and very rare and desirable to alpine gardeners and plant...

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    Building benches and paths of desire

    by  • June 23, 2011 • Design, How to, Projects

    Places to sit in the garden?  You’ve got to have them. Especially when the place is affectionately called ‘Rancho Relaxo.’ First the paths… We took our time to figure out where to lay out paths and the words “paths of desire,” I’d read about stuck in my head. Paths of desire are where you...

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    Not Blow wives, Silverpuffs

    by  • June 15, 2011 • How to

    Dang, and I put the name in the post title… A few days after posting Dandelions, Grand dandelions and Blow wives, I discovered on a native plant site that Blow wives are NOT Blow wives but Silverpuffs. Not only Silverpuffs, but Lindley’s Silverpuffs.  I was looking for why Blow wives was called that and...

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