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Designing A Clever Bee Garden

Written by Sue Langley — Find out what to plant, how to preserve and how to decorate a bee-themed garden.  Bees are our favorite motif in the garden!  We, as gardeners, want bees in our gardens, We know that bees the world over have been struggling lately, so we are more and more interested in promoting them in the place ...

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Sitting Pretty In The Garden

Showing off quaint old chairs in the garden Marie Niemann posted her quaint chair done up for the garden and it created a sensation on Flea Market Gardening! Here is her chair and 16 other chairs that our flea folk use in the garden as accents. Find a chair and do up your own! Marie Niemann: This chair is one ...

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Decorate Your Garden With Water Fountains

The best of our gardeners’ water fountains and small ponds, made with old vintage pumps, galvanized tubs, metal auto shop tools and even fire extinguishers!  These are water features you can do. Galvanized Tubs Nancy Carter used a shepherd’s hook to hang the watering can in this simple fountain that she and her daughter made.  This works with or without a ...

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Make Ann’s Hose Rug …Easy!

Ann Elias has discovered a new technique to add to the garden,…’hose-craft!’ Ann says, “When your hose is too worn to properly deliver water, turn it into a no-slip rug to place near your potting bench.”  Hose-craft is taking useless old hoses, considering them ‘art supplies,’ and re-purposing them in the garden. Here is the step by step “How-To” Finding ...

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Repurposed Ladders In The Garden

Not only do ladders add height and interest, but provides open storage like a set of funky shelves. See our best Flea Market Gardening ideas and some fun projects you can do! When ladders are too fragile to hold people, they can still hold plants! Besides going vertical in the garden, we love them for how rustic they are and ...

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Winter Walk Through A Foothill Garden

What’s blooming? What’s happening? A walk through my garden just before Winter begins. First off, the patio has been cleared of summer projects, tools, soil and extra containers! I’ve put three sugar cones in three pots to act as a winter centerpiece for the table and all the cushions are in the dry shed. Rain has been in the forecast ...

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Gardening Fun – Recycle A Mailbox

You might have heard of a mailbox planter, but have you seen a mailbox that is a planter? When I saw Myra Glandon’s mailbox transformed into a planter, I filed the idea away for future,…I really loved hers! All I needed was the old mailbox to start my own project. Myra Glandon’s delightful mailbox gave me an idea. I totally ...

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In Praise Of Intermountain Nursery

Have you been here? I hope so! We are very fortunate to have a nursery nearby that purchases and grows plants that are perfect for our foothill gardens. Besides having a wide variety of California native and drought tolerant Mediterranean plants, Bonnie Bladen, her husband Ray Laclergue and their staff are extremely knowledgeable about what plants are most suitable for ...

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October In The Foothill Garden

Walking around the garden here in the foothills of Central California, I feel we’re really nearing the end of the gardening season. I’m tired. Tired of watering and ready to rake everything, gather up the rest of the clippings that neaten the garden and come in for some rainy days.

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