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    Planting in an old wicker chair

    by  • August 22, 2013 • Garden, Projects

    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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    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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    The old goat shed

    by  • February 9, 2012 • Garden art, Projects

    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

    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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    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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    Leaf casting the Indian Rhubarb

    by  • September 12, 2011 • Garden art, Projects


    How to do a leaf-casting! A serendipitous discovery of a large leaf in a mountain stream, led me to try molding it with a concrete mix.  It was loads of fun creating a lovely molded leaf to save as a garden art piece How I happened upon the leaf Recently I happened to go...

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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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