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May 2011

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I snuck back to my old office last night to do a little Memorial Day guerrilla gardening next to their front door. I like starting the red, white, and blue pots around Memorial Day in the hopes that they’ll be in their full glory by Independence Day. I figure I hit two patriotic holidays with one container. Be careful with containers that are small enough to be easily stolen, or with patriotic decorations like flags. I had someone steal my flag out of last year’s red, white, and blue container. I am sure there is a special place in hell for people who do that.

Here are the flowers I used in this container…

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Is This Balcony Garden Illegal?

by Fern on May 26, 2011

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After three years in law school and a lifetime of contrarian thinking, Mike Lieberman’s post about a building inspector suggesting his balcony garden violated LA City fire code (or possibly building codes) raised the hair on the back of my neck. Something similar happened to me when the woman who manages my condo’s home owners’ association (HOA) tried to suggest that my balcony garden was in violation of our community rules. Yeah right. Nice try lady. I’ve actually read our rules, and nothing on my balcony is in violation of them. Actually, my balcony railing planter is a violation, but I figure I can keep it so long as the president of the HOA is violating the same rule. But I digress.

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Mushroom Growing Follow Up

May 23, 2011
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When I first posted about the mushroom kit I was trying out, it didn’t really look like mushrooms. It looked like a box with a brick of…something. But it looks a lot more like mushrooms now!

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How to Make Your Own Organic Liquid Fertilizer

May 18, 2011
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My favorite way to fertilize my container garden is in my watering can. It’s just so easy to add fertilizer to a task I already am doing: watering. No digging in fertilizer (which can be a pain if you have mulched or top dressed your pots). No trying to convert instructions meant for huge yards […]

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Closeup of the Succulent Pot

May 13, 2011
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There were a couple of questions about this particular container that can be seen in my balcony photos from the last post. This pot is in the book, in the section showing how to properly plant a pot. The container itself is from H. Potter, it’s their red aluminum planter. The spikey plant in back […]

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Photos of my Balcony – May, 2011

May 11, 2011
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It’s a little disorganized on my balcony thanks to all the photo shoots I’ve been doing out there for the book, and all the plant samples I’ve been sent. I’m going to use all those Proven Winners plants in a how to video, so keep an eye out for that. And eagle eyed readers will […]

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Here’s Something Even Those With NO Outdoor Space Can Grow!

May 10, 2011
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My kitchen sink has been turned into a mushroom kit soaking pool. It’s kind of a jerry-rigged setup right now, with the blue casserole dish waying down the mushroom pack so that it can soak in enough water. Yep. A company called Back to the Roots found me and sent me one of their mushroom […]

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Reverse Engineering Some of P. Allen Smith’s Container Designs

May 5, 2011
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While in Little Rock at Garden2Blog, I got to see many gorgeous containers that P. Allen Smith and his crew have designed for their clients, the Original Garden Home Retreat, and his home at Moss Mountain Farm. It’s no surprise that the containers were super gorgeous, so that was one part of the trip that […]

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Tips for Gardening With Arthritis

May 4, 2011
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Gardening when you have arthritis in your hands, knees, or back can be a real pain. Literally! But it doesn’t have to be. With a little forethought, gardening can be an enjoyable activity for anyone who loves plants and being outdoors. Read the rest of my article on Fiskars.com >>> If you have experience gardening […]

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The Joys of Gardening in an Urban Area?

May 1, 2011
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As many of you know, I am a big fan of gardening at work. It’s a great way for those of us with little space at home to expand our gardening opportunities. But gardening in urban areas always brings an element of…surprise isn’t the right word. Whimsy is more accurate, if you have a dark […]

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