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When I decided that I wanted to make a tiny terrarium of some sort, I immediately thought of using a baby food jar. You might think that baby food jars came to mind because, well, I have a baby. But almost all baby food comes in squeezable pouches these days. What a shame for the crafty world! Luckily you can still find baby food jars here and there. So I fed my son some sweet potatoes and then cleaned out the jar so I could get my terrarium on!

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How to Preserve Heirloom Seashells

by Fern on August 30, 2013

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You may have read the title of this post and thought, why is Fern–a container gardener–writing about seashells? Well, some of you may remember that my Grandma is the one who fostered my love of gardening. She passed away in 2008 and one of my most treasured items from her is a large conch seashell. Because gardening and my Grandma are intertwined, I thought that it would be great to plant succulents in the shell and keep it on my balcony. But then I got to thinking, maybe soil and water and plants aren’t really a very good way to preserve this heirloom long term. I’d still like to keep it in my garden, but I’d like to clean it up and take better care of the shell so that it lasts for a long, long time. Maybe you have shells you’d like to use in your garden, but you’d like to protect them from the elements? If yes, here’s how… Read the full article →

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DIY Squad: Child Proofing A Small-Space Container Garden

August 15, 2013
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When I was just under two years old, I fell off my parent’s second story balcony. I was playing out there when I saw our cat Yaz in a nearby tree. I reached for the cat and fell through the railings. Luckily I landed on grass and while I fractured my skull, the fracture was […]

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Quick Tomato Tip

April 18, 2012
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See that sucker there? Suckers are secondary branches that grow in the joints of existing branches. Pinch ’em off. Suckers take energy away from growing tomatoes. No tomatoes will form on sucker branches.

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Container Gardening A to Z: A is for Alliums

April 16, 2012
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Allium is the name of a great genus of plants for container gardeners. “Allium” literally means “garlic” in Latin, but botanically speaking, it includes onions, chives, and ornamental flowers as well. They all grow from bulbs and all have grass-like or tubular leaves with an onion/garlic scent to them when you brush up against the […]

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What do Worms like to Eat?

April 11, 2012
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In case you haven’t heard, I am now a vermicomposter (how could you have missed it, every other word out of my mouth is pretty much about worms! ;-)). I have been feeding them some of my kitchen scraps and it is interesting to see what they like eating and what they don’t. And trust me, […]

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Win Your Very Own Collection of Sempervivums from Arrowhead Alpines

April 2, 2012
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I have been having so much fun with my own sempervivums (see my little mint box and picture frame) that I am thrilled to share this news: Arrowhead Alpines is offering to send one lucky person (in the U.S. who is at least 18 years old) six of their very own named sempervivum varieties. Keep […]

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Mint Tin Turned Mini Garden

April 1, 2012
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If you’ve ordered a bunch of sempervivums from Arrowhead Alpines like I did, you need lots of things to do with all those little babies semps make. This was a totally fun and super easy little garden to make. I used a mint tin that I purchased at Trader Joe’s but if you’ve got an […]

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How to Make a Succulent Sempervivum (Hens & Chicks) Frame

March 25, 2012
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This past Saturday I did a demonstration at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show on vertical gardening. One of the things I demonstrated was how to make a succulent photo frame. As promised, here are the step-by-step instructions for those of you who weren’t able to make it to the show…

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Sempervivum Sweet Sixteen

March 22, 2012
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In honor of the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen which begins today, I thought we container gardeners could have a sweet sixteen competition of our own. A SEMPERVIVUM Sweet Sixteen. We’re going to have brackets just like the NCAA tournament, except our brackets will pit different varieties of Sempervivum against one another. You all will vote for […]

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