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Gifts for Gardeners

Posted on Nov 21, 2011

Whether the person on your list is a seasoned gardener or someone just embarking into their first gardening project, there are tons of gift options.  Shopping information for all of the following items and more can be found at https://www.landscapedesignbycarol.com/shop/. Even if the “garden” is actually one potted plant in the living room, no one who is responsible for a plant should be without a water meter.  These are inexpensive devices that can be probed into the soil of a potted plant or taken outside to check the moisture levels in various areas of the garden.  For the more technically savvy gardener who would like to take it a step further, consider the “easy...

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Raised Beds and Container Gardens

Posted on Nov 21, 2011

There is a movement across America that is especially prominent here in Southern California — adding a place to grow edibles in your garden.  The system depicted is one of our favorites for many reasons: the beds can be constructed in minutes and with no tools you can choose between the rough-sawn look of the Rustic Series, a natural cedar wood finish, or select a food-safe Tung Oil finished product using the Rustic Series, the beds can be built to as high as 36″ by adding kits on top of each other the raised beds are perfect for not only waist-high gardening, but for raising your growing area into the sunlight of side yards or small lots raised beds allow...

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Organic Flowers and Wreaths

Posted on Nov 21, 2011

Flower gifts — whether purchased at your local store or ordered for delivery — are often produced on farms that do not protect their workers or products from pesticides, fungicides and other chemical applications.  Sustainability, a safe working environment and flowers that are free from chemical residue can be purchased from Organic Bouquet.  While you are at this website, please take the time to read the references at the bottom of the page regarding their eco-friendly products, the certifications and organizations they participate in, and why it is important to encourage the support of organic flower farms. For further education on this topic,  please...

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Sweet Stevia

Posted on Sep 2, 2011

You may have noticed a new introduction in the herb section of better nurseries: Stevia rebaudiana.  I have even seen it sold at Home Depot.  This is the naturally sweet ingredient in products like Truvia.  Although happiest in warm weather, it is not too late to plant now to test and determine if it is something you would like to allow room for in your Spring garden.  One leaf broken in half with a mint leaf, is the perfect embellishment to a cup of tea.  The plant prefers warm, moist soil, but does not want to stand in constantly wet soil.  Enjoy!

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August In Your Garden

Posted on Aug 13, 2011

Beginning with August, we experience some of our hottest weather – often through October.  And although this is  primarily the month to relax in your garden and enjoy the fruits of your labor, there are still some items that can and should be addressed: Container plantings will need more water this month and, probably, next.  Inland, this can mean as much as every other day; coastal areas require less, but still may need a good soaking 1-2 times per week, depending on how often we experience a heavy marine layer. In the last two weeks of August, roses can be trimmed back as much as 1/3 to encourage a Fall bloom. August is a good time to gain control over Fire Blight,...

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Great Gets Even Better

Posted on Jul 2, 2011

Great Gets Even Better

When working together with both a general contractor and a pool contractor, the designer’s and homeowners’ vision can be brought to life.  At this home, the softscape was refreshed, unused areas now rally with gardens and a traditional pool was transformed into an extraordinary place to exercise, swim and play.                                                                                                                                                                                                        ...

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