Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Winners in the garden 2012

I want to thank you for all the nice comments and feedback from my blog this year.  Thank you Shawna Coronado for the tool you designed for DeWit Tools for the contest give a way.  Congratulations to Jeavonna Chapman, who won the tool.

There were some amazing moments in the garden this year.  My orchids bloomed like never before, since I fertilized them more often and moved them to get the proper light in the garden.

I started a garden/landscape/food channel on YouTube and it has been a great success.  Thank you so much for all your views and comments.  I still cant believe there have been thirty four thousand views already.  While working 14 hours days, blogging and social networking weekdays, and filming the videos and writing for, it has been a super busy year.  Here is one of the videos.  Please subscribe for free.

I tried to make them fun, informative, fast and unique.  Living in the sub tropics has its advantages.  I grew up in New Jersey and moved to Florida while in school.  I consider myself a student of horticulture.  There is always something new to learn.

My book I have been writing for three years took a back seat.  Goals for the new year include finishing the book.  I wish you all the best for the upcoming year and I hope you too will reach your goals.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners and Contest Part 1

One of the best gifts you can give someone is something they can actually use and enjoy.  What could be more practical than providing the necessary items to grow your own food, or grow a beautiful garden?  Who needs another tie, pair of slippers or bubble bath?  

Here are some top picks for this season. 

The Living Ledge is a wonderful addition to your kitchen garden.  You can grow herbs or flowers right on the window.  This clears clutter from the kitchen counter or window sill, the usual place for growing plants in the kitchen.  Suction cups adhere to a glass window, holding the acrylic planter and shelf in place.  This versatile gadget can also be utilized as a terrarium.

DeWit Garden Tools are handmade in Holland and I found out about them through Shawna Coronado.  They are available in the USA by Garden Tool Company  There is a nice selection of various tools.  These tools are made to  last a very long time.  Shawna actually designed a tool herself!  It is specifically for removing soil from containers and planting in containers.  There is a sharp side for opening bags of potting soil as well.  Brilliant idea Shawna!   Write a comment on why you would like a Dewit tool and you could be the lucky winner!  Winner announced 12/24/12

Global Garden Friends have some very useful products to make your gardening easier.  The Ultimate Plant Cage and Ultimate Plant Clips help keep your veggies off the ground so you will be able to eat the produce before the critters do.   are Very sturdy green plastic planting stakes are available that are useful around the garden.

Disclosure:  The above were gifts that were sent to me to review.  I have tried them and the comments are my own experiences. 

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