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Gardening sites I like: plant on a string and tree shapers

Do you like to stumble upon new and interesting websites? Well I do and gardening websites are some of the best. All that delicious vegetation.

I came stumbled across one gardening site giving instructions on how to grow a garden on a string. What a differently great idea. A ball of dirt hanging from a string growing a plant. It’s minimalistic, clever and just plain cool.

Read more about it: diy project: “kokedama” string garden

Now there is one website I came across some years ago and it just fascinated me. These two people have dedicated their time to shaping trees. They shape and twist trees that grow and live in the ground. Making them into chairs, tables, art. It’s incredible what they have done. It’s just great to look at.

Check it out: Pootre Tree Shapers



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My gardening book arsenal

Cover of "Western Garden Book of Edibles:...

Cover via Amazon

I have a small but adequate library of gardening books. For awhile, I only had one or two gardening books to work with. I would then substitute my lack of bookage with; gardening apps, the library, free gardening books from my book reader, and internet resources.

Recently I came upon a jackpot of books at my local library. They were having a book sale. I was able to purchase  a mountain of books 3ft high for about $20. In that mound I was able to purchase some gardening books and added them to my lac luster garden book supply.Most of the book were out of date a few years. To me gardening can never really be out of date. The same techniques that were used for gardening 30 years ago can be applied to gardening now.

As we all know books can be very expensive. And in my life I have bought my share of books and I still do. But gardening books especially the real good ones can be expensive. So I have had to get creative with the ways I get my information. Of course we have the internet. And there is no lack of what you can find here.

One of my favorite places to get a garden book for free is barns and noble. They have tons of free nook books. Most of there free books are older but when it comes to gardening that is sometimes the best. Older techniques give you a better understanding of the hard work that goes into the trade, hobby or money saving venture. It also helps you to really hone your skills.

Now days we have quick solutions, diease free seeds, quick fix chemicals, bags of manure, gardening tools and machines, etc. The things we take for granted now are the things people back in the day did not have the luxury to have. Some details that old gardening books have newer books may pass up because of new inventions, products, and seed purchasing abilities. All in all old or new have gardening books is a must have.

I have two main books I use now which are; Western Garden Book of Edibles (purchased at Costco for $14.99) and Reader’s Digest Illustrated Guide to Gardening (purchased at library 1978 edition). These two books are my go to books for all my vegetable and gardening needs. What one doesn’t have the other one does.

I have to say I’ve lost a couple books in rain. I just want to shout out to those books, as they helped me to grow on a larger scale. You will be missed.

My book collection now consist of:

Reader’s Digest Illustrated Guide to Gardening (© 1978, library purchase)

Western Garden Book of Edibles (©t 2010, Costco purchase)

Burpee, Starting Seeds Indoors booklet (Lowe purchase)

Patrick Taylor, Gardening with Bulbs (© 1996, library purchase)

Growing Orchids at your window (© 1972, library purchase)

Color handbook of Garden Insects (© 1979, library purchase)

Breeding New Plants and Flowers (© 2002, library purchase)

Sunset, Annuals (© 1992, library purchase)

Sunset, Perennials (© 2000, library purchase)

Free Nook ebooks : (Most are very old editions, but I just download all I can and delete as I see fit)


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Gardening my life…

Truthful, when it comes to gardening, I’m happy I found it. There are so many ups and downs in life, it came just at the right time. Gardening soothes my worries, if only for the time I’m in my backyard. I can pick weeds forever, it’s almost like picking the weeds out my life.

When I started gardening I wanted to plant every flower, tree and vegetable. But of course plants and seeds cost money. Supplies and soil aren’t that cheap. I had to start small and over these few years I have been able to build my abundance of vegetation.

Even though, I

wanted to plant everything, I had a natural hesitation factor. I started with transplants which were relatively easy. Not to say a plant can’t die because it is already on its way to maturity. I didn’t run into to many problems. But  when I realized that some of the plants I really wanted weren’t transplant worthy or weren’t sold at the stores, I had to look at seeding.

Now, that is where my hesitation came. I didn’t know or understand the first thing about planting seeds in the ground. My logic in it all was to dig a hole in the ground and put in the seed and watch it grow. But that is very untrue and that is where my handy, dandy plant book came in.

Who knew there was a time, depth, and watering process. I just wanted to put the seed in the ground and watch the magic happen. But if I really wanted the satisfaction of having bountiful feast of vegetable life at my table I was going to have to work for it. That to me meant read. And sure enough a few years later, I got it down. But I must say this… It never was very hard for me, it’s like I have this green thumb and I happen to move in an area with a lot of green thumbs. But I have come across many a persons who for what ever reason cant grow a cactus.Aeonium ‘Schwarzkopf’

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