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Katie Lane On Plot 15C

Category: Plant Ideas & Info, Presenting "The Curious Gardener"

  When Katie Lane writes on her blog "you really can’t beat that feeling of harvesting something that you’ve raised from a tiny seed," it's easy to become a fan.  Her adventures ‘up the allotment’ on Plot 15C in Hampshire England have made her small community garden an internet star in the UK. Katie's colorful writing has given her potting shed, which sits on…
  When Katie Lane writes on her blog "you really can’t beat that feeling of harvesting something that you’ve raised from a tiny seed," it's easy to become a fan.  Her adventures ‘up the allotment’ on Plot 15C in Hampshire England have made her…

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Sarah Green’s Walled Rose Garden

Category: Plant Ideas & Info, Presenting "The Curious Gardener"

  When Sarah Green and her husband Richard moved into their home 20 years ago, she brought roses from her previous garden 10 minutes away.  Roses are notoriously uncomfortable with being transplanted, but the ‘Queen of Denmark’ and other old fashioned varieties Sarah had received as a wedding gift from her uncle held sentimental value. “I rushed them over,” she recalls, “and planted them in the new garden where they are still going strong.” An enthusiastic gardener and plant person,…
  When Sarah Green and her husband Richard moved into their home 20 years ago, she brought roses from her previous garden 10 minutes away.  Roses are notoriously uncomfortable with being transplanted, but the ‘Queen of Denmark’ and other old fashioned varieties Sarah had received as a wedding gift from her uncle held sentimental value. “I rushed them over,” she…

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Tips to Get Your Orchid to Rebloom

Category: How-To Projects, Plant Ideas & Info, Presenting "The Curious Gardener"

  If you have an orchid and its flowers have fallen off and you don’t know what to do, read on. Chances are your orchid is a Phalaenopsis, or phals for short in orchid circles, since it is the most common available commercially. You have two choices: throw the plant out or follow the instructions below for encouraging it to rebloom! I confess I have thrown my share of orchids on the compost heap because they sat there flowerless for…
  If you have an orchid and its flowers have fallen off and you don’t know what to do, read on. Chances are your orchid is a Phalaenopsis, or phals for short in orchid circles, since it is the most common available commercially. You have two choices: throw the plant out or follow the instructions below for encouraging it to…

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Sharing What I Know About Vitamin D

Category: Presenting "The Curious Gardener"

Preventing Bone Density Loss From Lack of Vitamin D--  The sun used to play a bigger role in delivering vitamin D to our bones. But concerns about the damaging rays of the sun have caused most people to cover up or wear sunscreen whenever they go outside. My dermatologist insists I use a facial moisturizer with sunscreen to protect my face, and I do. But if you cover up, the vitamin D is not absorbed-- it's as simple as that.…
Preventing Bone Density Loss From Lack of Vitamin D--  The sun used to play a bigger role in delivering vitamin D to our bones. But concerns about the damaging rays of the sun have caused most people to cover up or wear sunscreen whenever they go outside. My dermatologist insists I use a facial moisturizer with sunscreen to protect my…

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“The Curious Gardener” July 2012

Category: Presenting "The Curious Gardener"

The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love By Kristin Kimball-- I was charmed by this book, the story of a pair of first generation farmers building a working farm in upstate New York, powered by draft horses. There’s enough practical information in the book to be instructive to other young farmers inspired to follow in this couple’s footsteps, but for me the book’s charm lies with the story telling talent of the author Kristin Kimball (shown below). At the beginning…
The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love By Kristin Kimball-- I was charmed by this book, the story of a pair of first generation farmers building a working farm in upstate New York, powered by draft horses. There’s enough practical information in the book to be instructive to other young farmers inspired to follow in this couple’s footsteps, but for…

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The Curious Gardener Article #2

Category: Presenting "The Curious Gardener"

A Tuna Can Becomes A Tray Decoration If you know someone who is homebound over the holidays, this is an idea that will bring a smile to their face. I belong to a garden club and each year at our December meeting we put together little tray ornaments and deliver them to groups such as Meals on Wheels and local hospitals. We make over 300 of these tray ornaments. Here are the supplies you will need: -1 block of Oasis®…
A Tuna Can Becomes A Tray Decoration If you know someone who is homebound over the holidays, this is an idea that will bring a smile to their face. I belong to a garden club and each year at our December meeting we put together little tray ornaments and deliver them to groups such as Meals on Wheels and local…

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My Six Autumn Tips for the Edible Garden

Category: Presenting "The Curious Gardener"

It is time to think about putting your garden to bed, harvesting your crops and preparing for next year’s garden. Here are some of my fall tips for the edible garden. Be Safe—The Society of American Hand Therapists recently announced that wearing gardening gloves was at the top of their list for preventing gardening injuries. Womanswork has a pair to suit every hand, task and season. In this month's Martha Stewart Living, she features the Womanswork Goatskin Glove as one of her "Finds" for…
It is time to think about putting your garden to bed, harvesting your crops and preparing for next year’s garden. Here are some of my fall tips for the edible garden. Be Safe—The Society of American Hand Therapists recently announced that wearing gardening gloves was at the top of their list for preventing gardening injuries. Womanswork has a pair to suit every hand, task…

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“Making A Cement Trough” by Dorian Winslow

Category: How-To Projects

This weekend I invited a friend over to try a "recipe" for cement troughs with me. She was game. We started at 9 am and we were finished by 10:30, with our creations tucked snugly in plastic bags to set overnight. [caption id="attachment_348" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="After patting the cement mixture into the molds and poking drainage holes in the bottom, they were ready to…
This weekend I invited a friend over to try a "recipe" for cement troughs with me. She was game. We started at 9 am and we were finished by 10:30, with our creations tucked snugly in plastic bags to set overnight. [caption id="attachment_348" align="alignleft"…

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