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Homemade Gifts from the Garden
Spread the herb-butter mixture on a sheet of wax paper and roll it up tightly into a tube (like a tootsie roll). I don't know a gardener who doesn't love to share what they grow. Your friends will love you for it!Beauty products are easy and fun to make...
California
El Segundo
Three Aralias for your indoor gardens
According to thisfrom the Missouri Botanical Garden, the dinnerplate aralia is not safe to have around pets and children. Despite the assets, these aralias are not among the best beginner houseplants.
California
El Segundo
Garden Crafts: How-to Instructions For A Macrame\' Hanging Planter
The clothesline was chosen for the contrast against the dark background for photography purposes. I always use a ring, as it reduces stress on the cords as they swing in the breeze and scissors to cut the cord.The first task is to measure out the cord...
California
El Segundo
Bad luck with houseplants? Try lucky bamboo
Four is not a good number as the Chinese word for four is similar to the word for death.) For what it's worth, a gift of Lucky Bamboo is luckier than buying it for oneself.It sounds like the vendors took free rein at some point and decided that whatever...
California
El Segundo
A Grapevine Christmas Tree
Luckily, I have my own. These homemade seed envelopes are then tied onto the tree with small red ribbons. They were easily wired onto the tree. It was so secure that I could easily pick it up and move it.Next came the task of adding twinkle lights.
California
El Segundo
Warm and Cozy Buckwheat Seeds?
Just heat in microwave for no longer than two minutes. Buckwheat seeds are sterile, non-flammable (unlike buckwheat hulls) and never develop a burned odor no matter how often the cozies are heated.One cozy is fat and can be used to warm your feet or wherever...
California
El Segundo
My favorite, versatile, new gardening tool is my \
I could view PlantFiles on my smarty pants phone, and see if those varieties were anything to go gaga over. Lt's taking my gardening proficiency to the next level. Instead of listening to mindless music radio, I exercised my twig identification skills.
California
El Segundo
Botanical Garden Plant Sales ~ A Shopping Frenzy for Gardeners!
This alone might justify the expense of a membership. Extremely helpful are the links which are provided (when available), contact information and a map of the location.I encourage you to use any or all of the resources noted above to find a Plant Sale...
California
El Segundo
Hummers at your window - a great gift idea!
Logically then, I thought, I put the window feeder on the great room window. My reading suggested placing multiple feeders out of sight of one another. Fuschia is a favorite nectar plant of hummingbirds.
California
El Segundo
Party Favors From the Heart: African Violets and Handmade Containers
I started hearing it less often and the crowing has died down considerably, I imagine most of my carefully grown plants are now dead. I hear these miniature tomatoes can grow in a 4 inch pot!
California
El Segundo
Gardening Gifts A to Z
Wish your loved one good health with a yellow blooming plant. But statuary makes such an impact in a garden. Some wearers are so devoted they confess to developing a patterned tan reflective of the little holes in the shoe top.
California
El Segundo
Diana\'s Anise Biscotti
A large batch can be made, which makes a welcomed gift for family and friends for any occasion, especially during holidays.y Mama's recollections of family, Italian foods, culture and traditions have lured me to bake Italian specialties.
California
El Segundo
What the Gardener Gets for Christmas
We'll keep the jokes about the same old gifts just between us gardeners. Merry Christmas, everyone! Oh, the pretty containers were different month to month, crockery pitchers, enameled coffeepots, red glass vases.
California
El Segundo
Plant Profiles For New Gardeners: Sempervirens tectorum, Hens and Chicks
Great for new gardeners, lazy gardeners and busy gardeners. This little succulent is native to the dry slopes of southern European mountain ranges like the Alps and has been a familiar house-hold plant for over a thousand years.
California
El Segundo
Gifts from and for Gardeners: How to Make a Discharge Printed Vest
It gives me a frame of reference as to how fast the bleach will start to work. Make sure you put down enough for two of whatever it is you will be discharge printing. A Discharge Print is one where, in this case, plant material is placed on a garment,...
California
El Segundo
Handmade decorative paper with added flowers, seeds, leaves
As fall rolls around and we begin to put our gardens to bed for winter, we also begin to think of holiday cards and gifts. Wet pulp will be much darker than the color when it dries.The minimum equipment needed is a blender, a plastic tub, an old picture...
California
El Segundo
Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Zinnias
Even if you don't pinch them, they will put on a great show, but this helps the plants stay compact and not as likely to fall over in hard rains.There are zinnias for every area of the garden...and containers too! From the tiny little fellows that make...
California
El Segundo
Clay Critters for Plant Pots: A great kid craft for inside days
Put a piece of aluminum foil over the rim, and curve your leaf into position.You want enough leaf to go over the edge and down inside the pot to balance the weight of the ladybug. When it's hardened, just glue it to a wooden skewer or a chopstick for...
California
El Segundo
Just add water, Paperwhites bring a hint of spring
Backyard stones might suffice in an opaque or translucent container. Buy marbles or decorative stone for a clear vase. Set the bulbs with the flat side down in a single layer on the stones.
California
El Segundo
Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Daylilies
Only serious collectors and breeders shop in those groups and there are so many extremely affordable choices, it just isn't necessary. They come in a wide range of shapes and colors and are hardy in a huge climate range.
California
El Segundo
How Strong Is Birch Wood?
The center rates only five other woods harder than yellow birch: pecan hickory, hard maple, white oak, beech and red oak.About 12 species of birch grow in the temperate regions of North America, but only three have commercial value — yellow, sweet and...
California
Santa Monica
How to Measure Board Feet in a Log for Timber Logging
Board footage is calculated based on a log's diameter and length. Check with the sawmill to see how these deformities factor into price calculations. Many sawmills require you to round down to the nearest even foot, especially for softwoods.
California
Santa Monica
Weeping Cherry Tree Problems
Loss of leaves can be severe if diseases become serious, which can further stress the tree.Dry conditions can stress a weeping cherry tree, which paves the way for pests and diseases to attack.
California
Santa Monica
Is Spruce a Hard or Soft Wood?
They range in height from 65 to 200 feet tall and are common in boreal forests. Deciduous angiosperms like oak are hardwoods, while gymnosperms like spruce are softwoods.Softwoods like spruce have a simpler structure than hardwoods and the structure varies...
California
Santa Monica
How to Make Pine-Sap Salve
The pine sap stimulates the blood flow around the splinter, pushing it out of the skin. Pour salve into a glass jar and label the jar with a marker. Add the sap pieces to the saucepan.Add 1 oz.
California
Santa Monica
How to Extract Oil From Cedar
Pour 4 cups of distilled water carefully around the outside of the can, over the cedar.Put the pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down low so that the water is gently simmering and you can see steam.
California
Santa Monica
What Are the Characteristics of Mahogany Wood?
Its bark is brown-red in color. It is commonly regarded as the world's leading wood for fine-quality furniture, cabinetry, sculpture, carving, interior trim and other applications.The mahogany tree can reach more than 150 feet in height and 6 feet in...
California
Santa Monica
African Hardwood Tree Types
It is also very dense, durable, and resistant to moisture.Also known as Gambeya, Longhi is a moderately dense wood with a distinct light-brown grain. It is the wood of choice for drum carvers in Guinea, who select it not only for its acoustic properties,...
California
Santa Monica
The Rare Torrey Pine
Seeds can remain viable for at least ten years. This is perhaps an adaptation to fire. The seeds are large and cannot be carried by the wind. They are not uncommon landscaping plants in coastal southern California and have been grown in places as widespread...
California
El Segundo