DIY: How to Build a Raised Garden Bed via Mother Earth News

Here is an excellent and detailed article on building raised beds for your own garden. Be sure to bookmark this for future reference. You’re going to want it eventually. — Douglas

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed via Mother Earth News

DIY: How to Build a Raised Garden Bed via Mother Earth News

A DIY project for a permanent garden box to provide a raised bed for your plants and decorate your backyard.

October 2017 By Sara Bendrick

For those who want to improve their backyards, author Sara Bendrick provides a variety of DIY projects in Big Impact Landscaping so homeowners can get the most out of their property, expand their living space, and enjoy more time outdoors. Here, Bendrick gives step-by-step instructions for building a permanent U-shaped vegetable garden box — as well as an attached bench to help you enjoy your backyard plants.

U-Shaped Vegetable Garden
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Cost: $$
Time commitment: 1 day
Professionals needed: None
Dimensions: 8-feet-by-9-feet U-shape

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Tips: Shape-Up Time for Roses via Sunset Magazine

Shape-Up Time for Roses via Sunset Magazine

Tips to care for roses across climate zones

Tips: Shape-Up Time for Roses via Sunset Magazine

Photo: Douglas E. Welch

Hybrid tea roses benefit from heavy pruning in winter. Shrub and groundcover roses need only shaping or light shearing. Both techniques are detailed below.

PRUNING HYBRID TEA ROSES

Remove all dead wood and all weak, twiggy branches. Make cuts flush with the bud union (the swelling at the base of the plant).

Cut all branches that cross through the center. This opens up the plant and gives it a vase shape. In hot climates, some rosarians just shorten center-crossing branches, so leaves will shade the bud union from the scorching summer sun.

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Tips: For SoCal veggie gardeners, fall’s warm soil makes this ‘a fabulous time to plant’ via Los Angeles Times

We Los Angelenos are blessed with many different growing seasons. Here is some great advice about what you can start growing while the East Coast is harvesting and getting ready to put their gardens to bed for the winter. — Douglas

For SoCal veggie gardeners, fall’s warm soil makes this ‘a fabulous time to plant’ via Los Angeles Times

News: For SoCal veggie gardeners, fall's warm soil makes this 'a fabulous time to plant' via Los Angeles Times

Fall is prime planting time in Southern California. The bugs are fewer, water demands lighter and the plants happier, if they’re the cool-clime varieties that prefer mild SoCal winters.

Plus: Many cool-weather crops are sloooow growers, so planting in early fall gives them ample time to mature, said Lucy Heyming, a master gardener and host of the “Gardening With Lucy” show on RiversideTV.

“If you plant [in fall], the soil is still nice and warm, so your seeds and little plants develop faster than in cooler soil,” Heyming said. “It’s a fabulous time to plant.”

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