Gardening

A Garden Tour in Spring

by Seasonal Wisdom on May 21, 2017

Sage and vegetable gardenAfter a four year drought, California has finally had a rainy winter and spring. My small suburban garden has perked up quite a bit since we bought the property three years ago. So, I thought I would throw open my garden gate and invite you in for a little visit. Especially if you promise not to notice any weeds… Read the full article →

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Seven Things I Learned About Food

by Seasonal Wisdom on April 2, 2017

martijndevalk.nl gateIt’s been months since I’ve written in Seasonal Wisdom! My apologies and I’m about to remedy this situation. But one main reason is that I’ve been working on a full-time contract with the University of California’s Office of President to write about food and agriculture for its blog UCFoodObserver.com.

Why in the world should you care? Well, I’ve learned quite a bit that I wanted to share, including edible gardening tips.  If you like food – and who doesn’t, really? – check out these delicious stories. Photo: Martijn de Valk. Read the full article →

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Troy-Bilt Hedge Trimmer Powered by CORE

July 12, 2016

When it comes to garden chores, one of my husband’s least favorite jobs is trimming the 12-foot (often  higher) Cape honeysuckle growing in our backyard.  It’s a dirty, thankless job that needs to be done every few months so the plant doesn’t get out of control. But a new innovative cordless, battery powered hedge trimmer […]

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Troy-Bilt Brush Cutter Makes Its Mark

June 19, 2016

It could happen to anyone, really. Our friends came home from vacation to an overgrown backyard, where the grass had grown really tall. In some places, the lawn had grown nearly knee-high, and the yard needed more than just a normal lawn mower to cut it. That’s when my husband decided to try out the […]

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Cultivating Garden Style with Rochelle Greayer

May 17, 2016

What are those special ingredients that elevate a garden into a stylish and unforgettable space? What’s the best way to unleash your garden personality, and how can you create an outdoor place that’s uniquely your own? Just in time for another gardening season, Seasonal Wisdom sat down with London-trained landscape designer Rochelle Greayer for ideas […]

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Five Tips for Your Best Garden Ever!

March 31, 2016

Another gardening season is here. If you’re like me, it’s easy to get a bit overwhelmed with everything that needs to get finished outdoors – instead of enjoying your time playing in the soil.  So, in the spirit of pleasure and priorities, here are five tips for keeping your garden looking its best this year.

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Spring Wildflowers near Gaviota

March 20, 2016

This year’s El Nino weather has brought more rain to California, leaving the fields filled with wildflowers such as these wild mustard and lupin flowers blooming near Gaviota in Santa Barbara County. Take an armchair tour of these spring meadows and get a good online resource for wildflowers in this area.

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Review: Troy-Bilt String Trimmer and Attachments

December 9, 2015

The holidays came early for my husband this year. That’s because he had the chance to try out Troy-Bilt’s Straight Shaft String Trimmer and several attachments in our garden. As he gives his review of the Troy-Bilt tools, an unexpected guest comes for a look. Check it out!

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Grow a Living Wall with Shawna Coronado

November 12, 2015

Perhaps you have a small garden, and want to use that patio wall more effectively. Maybe you have a bad back and would prefer not to bend over. Or, maybe you just want an attractive place to grow your favorite plants. Whatever the reason, there are lots of different types of living walls, and they […]

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Shakespeare Garden in Central Park

October 7, 2015

Even in the world’s largest cities you can still find natural beauty and quiet serenity. The Shakespeare Garden in Central Park is a good example. Just blocks from New York City’s busy streets, this delightful, four-acre garden has stone walkways, old-fashioned herbs, exuberant flowers and even apples, all dedicated to William Shakespeare. Come along on […]

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