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February 2010

And the Winner of the Smart Pot is…

by Fern on February 28, 2010

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I used Random.org to help me select a random number between 1 and 24 (there were 24 comments/entries) and it came up with #1. So SMITH BITES (Debra), that means you! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get a mailing address to send you your Smart Pot. I’ll also be contacting you from time to time to check in on your Smart Pot. Enjoy!

I still need your votes in the poll of what I should try in my Smart Pots. The edibles are too close to call and the flowers are tied. So please, head on over and vote!

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Funny Gopher “Abatement” Video

by Fern on February 26, 2010

in General

We watched this video in my master gardener class yesterday, when talking about what NOT to do to control gophers…

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Smart Pot Comparison – Choosing the Plants

February 26, 2010
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Yesterday I posted about my plans to compare a fabric pot called “Smart Pot” to a regular plastic pot. You can win a Smart Pot to help me with my test by leaving a comment on that post. But now I need your help deciding what to plant in my Smart Pots. Please vote in […]

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Are Smart Pots All That? Let’s Find Out Together!

February 25, 2010
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Have you ever heard of Smart Pots? They’re soft-sided, fabric containers that are rigid enough to hold their shape, but still allow air to flow freely through the root system of the plant, encouraging a healthier root structure. Or so they say. Someone from Smart Pot contacted me about their product and was confident enough […]

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Do Leaf – A Great Way to Find More Interesting Plants

February 24, 2010
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I recently became aware of a great new site called Do Leaf when they offered to send me some plants so that I could test out their site (it’s still in beta). Do Leaf is the brain child of Sarah, Ryan, and Micah who were fed up with the mediocre selection of plants at their […]

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Can’t Grow Tulips? Try Poppies Instead

February 23, 2010
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Everyone likes to think that you can grow anything in Southern California. And it is true that we have a wonderful climate that is great for growing plants. But there are some plants that just don’t do well here, at least not in the coastal zone. It just doesn’t get cold enough for plants that […]

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Succulent Container Gardens – The Perfect Mix of Stunning Photos and Useful Information

February 22, 2010
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As you all know, I have been waiting for Debra Lee Baldwin’s latest book to come out for some time. And I am here to tell you that Succulent Container Gardens lives up to all of my hopes and expectations for the book. So many gardening books skimp of good quality color photographs. This book […]

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Tiny Balcony Bouquet Challenge

February 21, 2010
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Yesterday Debra Baldwin spotted this great post in That Mini Gardener’s archives about making a bijou bouquet and I couldn’t wait to pop outside and put together a posy of my own. I used black New Zealand Flax leaves, variegated Plectranthus, and the white button flowers from a Chrysanthemum.

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Creating a Napping Zone on Your Balcony or Patio

February 19, 2010
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Everyday at around 3 in the afternoon I wish I could crawl under my desk and take a nap. Maybe I lived in a Latin country in a previous life, because siestas sound fantastic to me! It may sound a bit crazy to think about napping out on your balcony or patio now–though Southern California […]

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Live Tweeting My Master Gardener Class

February 18, 2010

If you’re interested in seeing some of the things I’m learning in my Master Gardener class, you can check out the tag #MGtips on Twitter from 9 am to 1:30 pm on Thursdays. You can view the tips anytime, but that’s when I’ll be in class adding new ones. To view the tidbits, simply search […]

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