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12 principles of permaculture [Download]

April 19, 2013

Whether you are starting a new garden or introducing permaculture practices to your existing space, these twelve principles will help guide you along the way. Download after the jump. You can find other downloads on the Timber Press Scribd page. From The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture by Christopher Shein.

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Landscaping for privacy: Buffers, barriers, and screens

January 23, 2013

Landscaping for privacy can be about more than not being seen while bathing in the hot tub. It might be that you want to create a sense of distance between the front door and a busy street, reduce noise from neighbors close by, or just hide an unsightly wall. Here are some examples of ways […]

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How to choose all-star plants: 10 tips on bringing the right plant home

January 11, 2013

Wondering how to pick the best plants for your garden? There are many things to consider when shopping for plants. Here are 10 tips on bringing the right plant home taken from Andrew Keys’ new book, Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? 255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plants.

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How to choose all-star plants: Defining which plants can grow in your garden

January 9, 2013

The following is excerpted from Andrew Keys’ Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? 255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plants If the garden is the high school musical, then plants must be its cast of characters, and, of course, the cycle of seasons is its plot. Like every good play, then, every good […]

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How to choose all-star plants: Connecting the design dots from troublesome seducer to all-star solution

January 8, 2013

The following is excerpted from Andrew Keys’ Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? 255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plants The plant kingdom is a living lineup of sensuous charac­ters. Plants enrich and inform our most treasured outdoor spaces—and many indoors too—with scent, sound, touch, and taste, and most importantly, with sight. Visually […]

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Season’s Greetings

December 19, 2012

 

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Awe and understanding: 3 gift ideas for garden inspiration

December 11, 2012

Inspiration can move us to new heights. Or just plain move us. It can get us out of bed in the morning and fuel our dreams at night. Inspiration is often the reason for writing a book, or in our case, for publishing one. To be useful, inspiration must be shared, and whether the result […]

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The Layered Garden: An Introduction

November 13, 2012

I first saw David Culp’s garden twenty years ago, when I was studying horticulture. The garden, though relatively young, was beautiful, a series of traditional flower borders surrounding a stone and timber cottage in the hills west of Philadelphia. Fifteen years later I visited again, while scouting for Martha Stewart Living. The garden was now […]

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Douglas Tallamy on the roots of his obsession

October 3, 2012

Every gardener has a compelling story and we’ve collected thirty of them from some of the most notable gardeners working today. The Roots of My Obsession shows that gardening is a passion and obsession that cannot be conquered or abandoned, only indulged. Gardening with native plants has been criticized as little more than an emotional […]

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Tovah Martin on the roots of her obsession

October 2, 2012

Every gardener has a compelling story and we’ve collected thirty of them from some of the most notable gardeners working today. The Roots of My Obsession shows that gardening is a passion and obsession that cannot be conquered or abandoned, only indulged. Before I could even walk, I was crawling into the garden, I guess. […]

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