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April 2010

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This week there were some really good garden blog posts to share, and some kind of funny gardening news. I particularly liked Sue’s post about comparing seedlings growing in potting soil from last year versus ones that had fresh potting mix. There’s also a corny gardening joke, and a bit about the nasturtium seed scarification project.

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My mom is contemplating redecorating her office, and I have to say that I really like the colors she is planning on using (I might have suggested them…). She has a coral-ish couch, and she was thinking of adding in a bit of lime green and deep purple to the mix. I like it! I like it a lot! And I think it would look great on your balcony, my balcony, and pretty much everyone else’s balcony.

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Oh No! My Plant Has Wilted, What Do I Do?!

April 27, 2010
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Your first reaction upon discovering that a plant has wilted may be to trip over yourself while trying to find your watering can. But adding more water may not be the best thing to do, or at least not the best thing to do first. Intrigued? Read on my friends…

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Check Out “Dig This” Bookazine!

April 26, 2010
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I am super excited to tell you about a new gardening magazine/book called Dig This, put out by a buddy I know through the magic of the internet, Kelly Norris. And my excitement is only in part because yours truly has a small article in what Kelly is calling a “bookazine.” Mostly I am excited […]

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Happy Earth Day 2010!

April 22, 2010
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This being Earth Day, I wanted to challenge you to do one thing–make one change–to be more environmentally friendly. Maybe you’re going to commit to not use any pesticides this year, or grow some Asclepias (milkweed) to support your local butterfly population. Sunset Magazine has a whole bunch of Earth-friendly ideas. If you do make […]

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Succulent Container Idea

April 21, 2010
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Next to edible plants, succulents are probably one of the hottest topics in the gardening world. They’re sculptural, and modern looking, and are much easier to care for than vegetables. I know whenever I (re)read Debra Lee Baldwin’s book on succulent container gardening, I want to run outside and combine my succulents in new ways.

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Not Your Grandma’s Basil

April 20, 2010
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Everyone knows the usual suspects when it comes to basil. Who hasn’t grown–or at least tasted–the large leaf, sweet, Italian types? Basil being such an awesome herb to grow in a pot,  I’m sure most LOTB readers have tried it. But there are more interesting basils to try, and some of them are particularly good […]

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How Whimsical is Your Container Garden?

April 19, 2010
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If the answer is “not too whimsical,” and you’d like to change that, well I have the posts for you! There weren’t as many entries to this month’s blog carnival as in carnivals past, but the posts that were submitted are the creme de la creme. The topic was whimsy, and the ideas out there […]

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Container Gardening Grab Bag 04/16

April 16, 2010
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This week’s grab bag is pretty eclectic, which is how I like it! We’ve got everything from a book giveaway, to photos of LOTB readers’ metal animal sculptures, to a garden gnome census. Oh, and be sure to check out my guest post on goodLife {eats}. It’s an overview of edible container gardening.

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New Trend? Metal Animal Sculpture

April 15, 2010
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At the San Francisco Garden Show, the best of show display garden featured oversized metal animal sculptures meandering through “prairies” of tall, wispy grass. It was quite stunning in its simplicity. And then the other day I saw this at a local gardening accessories shop…

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