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    Pretty propagating: How To Multiply your Plants

    by  • November 21, 2016 • Garden, How to • 0 Comments

    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 • 4 Comments

    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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    Keeping garden records

    by  • January 26, 2012 • Garden, How to, Projects • 9 Comments

    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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    Blog Archive Happiness

    by  • November 16, 2011 • How to, Something different • 7 Comments

      –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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    Culinary Herb garden in a basket

    by  • October 4, 2011 • How to, Projects • 7 Comments

    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 • 10 Comments

    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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    Not Blow wives, Silverpuffs

    by  • June 15, 2011 • How to • 7 Comments

    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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