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The $29.99 IKEA Seed Starting Rack

The $29.99 IKEA Seed Starting Rack

Continuing on in my quest to organize the HECK out of my office, today I'm turning my attention to my seed starting station.  Well, prior to today I didn't actually have a seed starting station because the desk that I normally start my seeds ...

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Seeds: Drier winter doesn’t call for watering

Seeds: Drier winter doesn’t call for watering

A heritage oak dropped a limb on Ty Swayze's garage. His father, Bill Swayze, entered a radio contest and won the use of a PODS portable storage unit for his son.Our unusually dry and sunny winter has felt like late spring or early fall. But don'...

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Bamboo and More
Wet stuff is finally here

Jan 20, 2012
Wet stuff is finally here

Until yesterday, less than 3 inches of rain had fallen since the current water year began on July 1, 2011. That is dry even for us! In fact, I can’t remember ever having to turn on the sprinklers and drip irrigation in December and January as often a...

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Succulent bowl brightens winter gloom

Jan 19, 2012
Succulent bowl brightens winter gloom

What I dislike most about winter is that all growth stops or slows to a crawl. It’s not like in the spring and summer when you’re guaranteed to discover something in the garden almost on a daily basis. Walking around in the garden just isn’t much...

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Sweetstuff's Sassy Succulents
Garden Bon Bons

Garden Bon Bons

For Christmas this year I got this brown box tied with a pretty green ribbon. On the box it said Garden Bon Bons.  At first I was pretty perplexed!  What in the world could this be?  I opened it up and found the gold crinkled paper...

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One Word Wednesday: Dreaming

Jan 18, 2012
One Word Wednesday: Dreaming


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Freeze update

Jan 17, 2012
Freeze update

While last night we didn’t break the 1963 record of 24°F, we did get down to 26°F. But with hundreds of square feet of frost cloth deployed, our plants were as well protected as they can be. In yesterday’s post I showed what our garden looked li...

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Bamboo Geek
Those forgotten spaces in the yard that scream for privacy…

Those forgotten spaces in the yard that scream for privacy…

Today, I helped set up a little bit of peace and privacy from the neighbor's window that is peering into a friend's window.  It's a frequent reality of suburban living, homes packed really close to each other with small side yards.  Usually t...

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We laugh in the face of winter

We laugh in the face of winter

Tomorrow we meet with my daughter's kindergarten teacher to discuss how disruptive she is in class. We'll go over how she acts bored, likes to talk a lot, and is somewhat defiant in a classroom setting.  Today, I feel guilt.  She is me. She i...

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Scrambling for cover

Jan 16, 2012
Scrambling for cover

Gardening in a mild-winter climate is great, but I think it makes us much more paranoid about the weather than people in areas where cold weather is a given. 330 days out of the year we don’t worry about frost at all; 30 days we worry but it amounts ...

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