Rhaphiolepis Flowers In The Neighborhood via My Instagram

Rhaphiolepis Flowers In The Neighborhood via My Instagram

Rhaphiolepis Flowers In The Neighborhood

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Winter Roses from My Instagram

Winter Roses from My Instagram

Winter Roses

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Installing Wine Bottle Edging Timelapse from A Gardener’s Notebook [Video] (1:38)

Installing Wine Bottle Edging Timelapse from A Gardener’s Notebook [Video] (1:38)

Saturday gave some time to finally install a circle of wine bottle edging to a bed we have been meaning to clean up for a long time. This is the third bed we have edged in this fashion.

Installing Wine Bottle Edging Timelapse from A Gardener's Notebook [Video] (1:38)

Music: “Crystal Bungalow” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License

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Shining Brightly via My Instagram

Shining Brightly via My Instagram

Shining Brightly

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Bee on Aeonium Flowers via My Instagram

Bee on Aeonium Flowers via My Instagram

Bee on Aeonium Flowers

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Help Support the Creation of the Sherman Oaks Community Garden – Informational Meeting

We are a small group who has organized in an effort to establish a community garden in Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park, and we need YOUR help!

Come to the meeting to hear an overview of the plan, what has been done so far, and what kind of help is needed to bring the garden into being.

Monday, February 19, 2018
Sherman Oaks, CA
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Reading – The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Garden: 326 Fast, Easy, Affordable Ways to Transform Your Yard One Project at a Time by Sally Roth – 10 in a series

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Reading – The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Garden: 326 Fast, Easy, Affordable Ways to Transform Your Yard One Project at a Time by Sally Roth – 10 in a series

Reading - The Beginner's Guide to Starting a Garden: 326 Fast, Easy, Affordable Ways to Transform Your Yard One Project at a Time by Sally Roth - 10 in a series

Getting started with a garden can feel overwhelming whether starting on a new property or renovating your existing property. Where do you put the planting beds? What plants do you use? What works best in different areas of the yard and garden?  The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Garden is a great help in improving your garden by breaking it down into small, manageable, yet expandable, “chunks.” Start with your mailbox area. Move to the corners of your property. Dress your front walk and door. One little piece at a time. The book provides 12, easy, small gardens — each with detailed planting guides, tips, hints,  and plants — that you can adapt to your own gardening needs. 

Having trouble getting started in your garden? Pick up this book and you’ll get moving the very first day!

** My version of this book was available from the Los Angeles Public Library in print and ebook versions.

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The prospect of revamping a yard is daunting. Where do you start? How do all the various areas come together in a beautiful, cohesive way? The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Garden simplifies the process by showing you how to spend fewer hours (and a minimal amount of money) in the garden by tackling one small area at a time. You’ll find garden plans for ten unique areas—the entryway, the shady areas under trees, and more—that can be linked together over time to create a unified yard, and plants that are dependable, easy to find, and look good year after year. You’ll also learn the basics of good design, which plants offer the most bloom for your buck, and how to avoid the most common planting mistakes.

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A Splash Of Purple via My Instagram

A Splash Of Purple via My Instagram

A Splash Of Purple

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Reading – Raised Bed Revolution: Build It, Fill It, Plant It … Garden Anywhere by Tara Nolan – 9 in a series

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Reading – Raised Bed Revolution: Build It, Fill It, Plant It … Garden Anywhere by Tara Nolan – 9 in a series

Reading - Raised Bed Revolution: Build It, Fill It, Plant It ... Garden Anywhere by Tara Nolan - 9 in a series

Raised Bed Revolution is an amazing resource guide to all aspects of raised bed gardening. Tackling the why and how, it gives excellent examples, plans and directions for making everything from traditional raised beds to easy access beds for the elderly and the disabled to practical beds for growing vegetables and herbs to decorative planters that both grow well and look good.

Once your raised beds are built, Raised Bed Revolution gives you examples of what plants you can grow there — from garlic to lettuce to potatoes and more! This is a book that could find a welcome place on any gardener’s shelf and be referenced again and again.

** My version of this book was available from the Los Angeles Public Library

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Join the revolution and create a beautiful raised bed garden with inspiration from the ultimate raised bed gardening guidebook!

Raised bed gardening is the fastest-growing garden strategy today, and Raised Bed Revolution is its ultimate guidebook. The book includes information about size requirements for constructing raised beds, height suggestions, types of materials you can use, and creative tips for fitting the maximum garden capacity into small spaces–including vertical gardening.

Enhanced with gorgeous photography, this book covers subjects such as growing-medium options, rooftop gardening, cost-effective gardening solutions, planting tips, watering strategies (automatic water drip systems and hand watering), and more. The process of creating and building raised beds is a cinch, too, thanks to the extensive gallery of design ideas and step-by-step projects.

This gardening strategy is taking serious root. Why? Several reasons:

– Raised beds allow gardeners to practice space efficiency as well as accessibility (the beds can be customized to be any height).

– Raised beds permit gardeners to use their own soil, and they can be designed with wheels for easy portability if partial sunlight is a problem.

– Water conservation is easier for gardeners who use raised beds.

– Pest control is assisted because most garden pests can’t make the leap up into the raised bed. For yards that struggle with drainage, raised bed gardening offers a no-brainer solution. Raised beds simply create a more interesting yard!

Find out more about why everyone is joining the raised bed revolution. You can roll up your sleeves and join it, too!

 

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Lavender in the neighborhood via Instagram

Lavender in the neighborhood

Lavender in the neighborhood

Lavender blooms year round here in Los Angeles. The temperatures have been summer-like here recently and the heat makes the scent almost overpowering as you walk by. 

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