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Dave\'s Garden Book Review: The Complete Book of Herbs
The recipes alone would make a great addition to anyone's cook book collection. Instructions for making herbed vinegars and oils, along with pickles, preserves and sauces round out the offerings.Detailed instructions for the crafty gardener include fresh...
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El Segundo
Dave\'s Garden Book Review: The Edible front Yard
This delightful book is a great example of learning to color outside the lines and dispels the notion that an urban front yard should be a ceremonial expanse of useless grass.Vibrant fruits and vegetables with contrasting textures and colors, make a stunning...
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El Segundo
Dave\'s Garden Book Review: The Best Vegetable Recipes
Even if the nearest fresh vegetables are only in the local supermarket, color outside the lines a bit and try something new.The editors at Cook's Illustrated have compiled some of the best recipes tailored to each vegetable.
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El Segundo
Dave\'s Garden Book Review: The Complete Book of Gourd Craft
The authors take safety into consideration and point out potential hazards. Step by step instructions for cleaning, carving, decorating and displaying are clear and easy to understand.
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Dave\'s Garden Book Review: A Rose by Any Name
Regardless, roses were touted to cure everything from baldness, pallid complexions and 'female hysteria', to rabies. Their stories have made them quite popular. Some of the medications were quite bizarre and most of the time the other ingredients, such...
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El Segundo
Dave\'s Garden Book Review: Plants of Colonial Williamsburg
The historical information is useful to anyone interested in the origins of plants.During the colonial period, huge numbers of plants were exchanged between England and the New World.
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El Segundo
Fun feature: Dave\'s Garden Book Review
Many Sheddists find they cannot stop with one shed. Sheds house their collections, and in some instances, are the collection. We see everything from artist studios to creative little backyard pubs.Sheds are undoubtedly the original ‘man cave', havens...
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El Segundo
Dave\'s Garden Book Review: Rabbit Hill
We seldom think about the impact of our actions on nature and this book lovingly tells the tale through the eyes of the animals, tugging the heartstrings of all readers, regardless of their age.Rabbit Hill was given the prestigious Newberry Award for...
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El Segundo
Dave\'s Garden Book Review: Appalachian Basketmaking
The color plates show off beautiful natural dyed designs. However, there are detailed diagrams and descriptions of the various patterns and methods these artisans used.Historically, basket makers were the poorest of the poor, using their craft to put...
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El Segundo
Dave\'s Garden Book Review: The Complete Herb Book
The photography is beautiful, detailed and useful. There are attractive lay-outs and alternative suggestions for container growing too.One of the most helpful sections is the yearly calendar with a list of tasks by the season, that helps a gardener keep...
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El Segundo
Dave\'s Garden Book Review: How to Know the Ferns
Sometimes, there's a moment in time that you can put your finger on and say, "This is when it all began". After that, it was a small step to graduate to the various trees and shrubs.I already knew an oak tree from a maple, but after my experience with...
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El Segundo
Dave\'s Garden Book Review: Pomegranate Roads
Existing on practically nothing, the station clung to life for nearly a decade, but the situation was grim. It is an honor to have it in my library. There he would meet his wife and they spent the next 40 years researching the plants of the area, despite...
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El Segundo
Dave\'s Garden Book Review: The Joy of Foraging
I didn't know what it was, but it's something that has been a part of my life since I was a child. From summer afternoons sitting under my Aunt Irma's wild black cherry tree, eating the tart, seedy little fruits, to picking wild plums in the thickets...
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El Segundo
Dave\'s Garden Book Review: 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden
We thought that a feature spotlighting some of our member's favorites would make a nice Saturday article for our readers. Most readers are probably familiar with the Brandywine tomato, but not that there are several distinct Brandywines.
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El Segundo
Dave\'s Garden Book Review: The Garden Club of America
We hope this spotlight on some of our members' favorites is a nice change of pace for your Saturday morning. Local clubs raised money via publishing cookbooks, plant sales, lectures, garden tours and thrift stores.
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Fun feature: Dave\'s Garden Book Review
Garden Insects of North America is packed full of relevant and helpful information for all. Leaf-chewers are grouped together, while root and bulb chewers-have their own section. It is astounding how many species there are of this troublesome pest.Finally,...
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Dave\'s Garden Book Review: Pine Needle Basketry
Humans have used baskets for storing food and tools long before the dawn of history.Carbon dating places some examples around 12,000 years old. Once that is mastered, she moves on to more intricate patterns and techniques.
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El Segundo
Dave\'s Garden Book Review: The Market Gardener
The planning and dedication that takes something from seed to table is staggering and we should thank every farmer's market vendor for their service.He lays out detailed plans for rotating crops, which ones are heavy feeders, which ones are not and even...
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Dave\'s Garden Book Review: 20,000 Secrets of Tea
Historical uses are listed along with known elements, such as whether it is a source for Omega 3's, minerals or vitamins. Each plant is listed by all of its common names and its botanical name.
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Dave\'s Garden Book Review: Tough Plants for Southern Gardens
This book is also unique in that it has a section for plants normally grown in containers, which Mr. Rushing lovingly dubs ‘porch plants'.head up the list of plants that happily spend their lives in various cachepots or containers.
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Dave\'s Garden Book Review: The Insect Wonderland
This book is the result of her love of nature, art and poetry, and she worked on the beautiful pen and ink watercolors until blindness prevented her from finishing it.After her death in 1994, the manuscript with artwork was discovered under her bed, needing...
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Dave\'s Garden Book Review: Vegetables
Vegetables that were virtually unknown just a few years ago are now popping up in farmer's markets and on supermarket shelves. Gardeners love books, as the number of titles devoted to the subject attest.
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Dave\'s Garden Book Review: The Busy Person\'s Guide to Preserving Food
Gardeners love books, as the number of titles devoted to the subject attest. There's so many little one-line tips sprinkled throughout this book that even seasoned harvest preservers will find information they can use.
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Dave\'s Garden Book Review: A Guide to the Smithsonian Gardens
The plants are a delight in touch and scent, while the plantings are in raised beds for the enjoyment of those in wheelchairs. The Ripley Garden is designed for disabled visitors. We're all familiar with the Natural History Museum or the National Gallery...
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Dave\'s Garden Book Review: America\'s Romance with the English Garden
Both of these traditions can be traced back to traditional English gardens.Marketing efforts by the seed and nursery industry ‘sold' Americans on the idea of a lush, green expanse of turf, dotted with carefully placed trees and shrubs in the Nineteenth...
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El Segundo
Fun feature: Dave\'s Garden Book Review
We hope this spotlight on some of our members' favorites is a nice change of pace for your Saturday morning. Gardeners from many regions will find it helpful.Each plant is listed by its common name, but botanical designation and synonyms are properly...
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El Segundo
Dave\'s Garden Book Review: Yards
Personally, I'm looking forward to spring weather so that I can get out and try some of these projects in my own yard.Images in this review are from Billy Goodnick's 'Yards' The author also suggests building your outdoor spaces around a "Core of Four".
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Fun feature: Dave\'s Garden Book Review
(1872-1960) She broke new ground in the field of landscape architecture, becoming one of the first the first landscape designers in the United States and no doubt, the first woman.
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Fun Feature: Making Compost in the Self-contained Toter Composter #3
The unit is well designed, completely free of BPA and does a great job. Organic gardeners can add chemical-free nutrients to their gardens and traditional gardeners have a free source of soil amendments.
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