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March 2011

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When Debbie hired me to turn her drab, condominium courtyard into an intimate tropical retreat, I’d like to say my design experience and aesthetics were what led her to me.  The reality?  Debbie was struggling to find any designer willing to take on such a small project.  Luckily for her (and me), she called when I was immersed in researching and writing Garden Up! Smart Vertical Design for Small and Large Spaces with co-author Rebecca Sweet and looking for opportunities to highlight vertical solutions for small gardens.  As a firm believer that small spaces deserve the same design attention usually reserved for over-sized gardens, I was thrilled to help her make over her 10’x16’ courtyard – and to do it within her modest budget.

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If you enjoy clever vertical gardening ideas (like planting a pallet garden) then I am sure you will enjoy a great book I was given called Garden Up! by Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet. It is chock full of useful advice from two very talented garden designers. Susan and Rebecca walk you step by step through the vertical garden design process, and offer all sorts of great tips for solving common problems, like how to hide an ugly air conditioning unit, or unsightly electrical boxes.

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How to Turn a Pallet into a Garden

March 25, 2011
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Good news and bad news. I had planned to film a short video showing you how to make a pallet garden, but the weather didn’t cooperate. I was stapling the landscape fabric onto the pallet when it started drizzling and got really windy. That’s the bad news. But I know I promised a tutorial today, […]

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Container Gardening Diptychs (and Triptychs)

March 23, 2011
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I’ve really been loving an app called Diptic, that allows me to combine multiple photos into one collection. A lot of times I share them on Instagram. If you also use that app, I’d love to follow you. Surprise, surprise, I’m “fernrichardson” on Instagram. 😉

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Spring Container Gardening Round Up

March 21, 2011
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Spring has sprung my balcony/patio/porch gardening friends! It may not seem like it in your area–all of a sudden it’s gotten cold and rainy in my neck of the woods–but the first day of Spring was yesterday, March 20th. This is all well and good, but for most of the U.S., your last frost date […]

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Photos of My Pallet Garden

March 16, 2011
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I replanted my pallet garden recently and thought I’d share some of the photos. Hopefully the white flowers (Candytuft) will fill in a bit more in the months to come.

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How to Care for Citrus Trees

March 15, 2011
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Here are some tips (especially geared towards gardeners in warmer climates) for caring for citrus trees in early spring. Read the whole post over on the Fiskars website

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Container Garden Journal

March 12, 2011
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We’ve been having a lot of fun here in container gardening land. In case you missed it, we’re having a grow along, a community container garden. I’ve also added a message board so that we can all discuss our container gardens and how they’re doing. There’s still plenty of time for you to join in. […]

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Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami

March 11, 2011

It was shocking to see the video last night of a very large earthquake and subsequent tsunami in northern Japan. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the disaster. I know I’ve chatted with several container gardeners in Japan. I hope you guys are okay.

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Cool Garden-y Stuff on Etsy

March 9, 2011
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Have you clicked around on Etsy.com yet? If not, you’re seriously missing out. It is a site that allows incredibly talented craftspeople to create their own little storefronts. Anyway, while killing time recently, I was looking around Etsy to see what neat gardening and garden-inspired things there might be on the site. Check out what […]

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