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    Planting in an old wicker chair

    by  • August 22, 2013 • Garden, Projects • 4 Comments

    Wicker chair

    I’m a fan of this chair! Take a couple old pieces of junk and transform them into into a tiny little garden scene using just a little imagination.  It’s sometimes difficult to find outdoor decoration that will fit into a ranchy/foresty type garden but this wicker chair is a classic.  Here’s how I planted...

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    The old goat shed

    by  • February 9, 2012 • Garden art, Projects • 7 Comments

    In 2000, we found and bought 7 acres on the side of a hill in a small town south of Yosemite. In late 2005, we moved into our modest, newly built house, something we never  dreamed we’d do. Walking the place for the first time, when we wondered if the old cedar shack came with the...

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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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    Highlights of 2011 in the Sierra Foothill Garden

    by  • December 30, 2011 • Garden, Projects, Something different, Winter • 0 Comments

    In evaluating the year, as folks often do as the New Year approaches, its nice to think back to some of the best things experienced in the garden in 2011. These are enjoyable thoughts and the belief that gardening adds so much to one’s life, as does exploring and learning new things, is confirmed as I look over my posts. Here...

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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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