Planting Trees

I have over the years killed an amazing number of trees. This is entirely excluding the trees send by a few companies that make their living by sending people dead trees. The ration of dead to living has started to change quite a bit in the last few years. No magic to the difference, simply […]

Soil Considerations for Bonsai or Killin' Bonsais

Bonsai are small trees grown in a pot rather than in the ground. You may have seen bonsai trees on display or for sale at sometime in the past. The purpose of preparing – or purchasing ready-made – special “bonsai mix” soils is to promote the survival of the small tree being potted. Note that […]

A Rather Odd Planter/Seat

As I survey the mess I call home, it becomes clear that as important as a tool is, a place to put it is every bit as important. Even when a tool is being used, it needs a place. So I have started to put small racks and shelves all over my yard to allow […]

Inexpensive Planter

My preference is for a planter with a seat around it. The seat is a comfortable spot in the garden and you can sit while taking care of or harvesting from the garden. There are places where this will not work as well however, and a seat does take up a lot of room.


Potting Mix

I garden a bit differently than most. Most of my garden is in pots. I do this primarily to conserve water. It also allows for easy weeding, plant isolation, and soil experimentation. Gardening in pots allows me to garden under trees. In my area, willow shade will reduce the brunt of summer quite well, making […]