Gardening Miscellany

Local Christmas Gifts for Humboldt County Gardeners

December 19, 2013 0 comments

Hellebore photo courtesy of Skagit Gardens What’s that, my fellow Humboldtians? Time’s gotten away from you yet again, with no gifts purchased and only a short time until Christmas? Never fear, I’ve got you covered. I called up a variety of local shops to find out which gift they’d most recommend for the gardener on […]

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What I’ve Been Doing (When I Haven’t Been Here)

August 19, 2013 18 comments

It’s been a busy summer with a lot of new adventures, and while I haven’t been blogging as much as I would like, if you’ve kept a sharp eye out you’ve probably seen me in some other publications. If you’ve been missing your North Coast Gardening fix, here are a few of my favorite articles […]

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Cat Stuck in a Tree? Call These Tree-Climbing Heroes

June 6, 2013 9 comments

Cat stuck in a tree? We all have a friendly mental picture in our minds of a firefighter rescuing a stranded cat from the topmost branches of a tree, but the reality is that most fire departments won’t even attempt to rescue a cat due to liability issues, and the concern that a call involving […]

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Monday Miscellany: Prince Harry’s Chelsea Garden, Fine Foliage, Modernica Giveaway and a New Blog to Follow

May 27, 2013 4 comments

Kicking things off, the UK’s Daily Mail reports on the Chelsea garden show display that was codesigned by Prince Harry in honor of his charity work with AIDS orphans. While I hardly think of the partying royal ginger as a landscape designer, and would give most of the credit to the garden’s creator Jinny Blom, […]

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Monday Miscellany: Cost of Landscaping, Fave Shrubs, and Fine Landscape Maintenance

May 13, 2013 0 comments

Springtime is always good for gardening, but it’s often not so great for finding rad articles around the web, since most of us gardeners are out and about actually gardening, rather than talking about it. I know that’s been the case for me! But a few sites have bucked the trend and put out some […]

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2013 Garden Trends Prediction

January 27, 2013 13 comments

While most trend reports depict their trends as being the next new thing, really most trends come from ideas that have been around for a while, and have just been gathering steam. There’s very little that’s new in the world, especially in something as connected to natural rhythms as gardening, but everyone brings their own […]

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Best and Worst of 2012: Trends, Colors, Books, Tools, and the Most Popular Articles

January 7, 2013 14 comments

2012 was a great year for gardening in many ways – the sustainability movement made for some beautiful, fresh ideas (like the insect habitat art introduced by Flora Grubb) and the continuation of the less-lawn movement gave designers an excuse to go bold with the front yard, skipping the usual lawn-with-foundation-plantings in favor of water […]

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$5 Magazine Deals Through December 3rd

November 29, 2012 1 comment

While I do most of my reading online, I still have a weakness for actual print magazines. My favorites are Fine Gardening and Urban Farm, though I read a wide selection of gardening rags just to keep up with the latest and greatest. Though my two top faves never ever seem to go on sale […]

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Late-Breaking Halloween News: Defeating Zombies with Garlic and Soap (Not Garlic Soap)

October 31, 2012

The zombie scourge has been ignored by the media for far too long. Why, I can’t say. The zombie apocalypse has all the makings of a perfect news story – guts, gore, and slavering undead. What more do readers want? So I’m delighted to hear that the trend-sniffing reporters over at HGTV are spreading the […]

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Defeating the Zombie Hordes (With Garlic)

October 10, 2012 260 comments

Ever since Plants VS. Zombies came out a few years ago, I’ve been increasingly aware of the effects of the zombie scourge on our landscapes. I mean, you could be enjoying a peaceful afternoon sunning yourself in the garden, and all of a sudden,  you hear the ominous sounds of the slavering undead coming closer. […]

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