Trees are life giving plants. They feed other creatures at all levels of the food chain and modify the local environment in a positive way. Personally, they’ve provided us with wood for the shelter we call our home and firewood to keep us warm by the light of a wood stove in the early darkness of cold winter nights. Read more
Posts from the ‘How-To and Tips’ Category
The following is Part II of a photo guide showing one method for building a raised planter out of masonry. You can find Part I of this article here. This example comes from our backyard. Please read the Disclaimers from Part I before even thinking about starting this project because some things you may want to do differently. Read more
The following is a photo guide showing one method for building a raised planter out of masonry. This example comes from our house. Actually our backyard, I’m not crazy enough to put a planter inside the house just yet. But before we get to that, first some more words: Read more
The following NW native plants earned their status as favorites for having good foliage, all-around toughness, and ease of growth while still being beautiful and functional plants that will fit a smaller city garden.
One of the challenges of Pacific NW native plants is that they are typically, how shall we say this… subtle. Does this mean dull and depressing? This recently unearthed Haiku from an early Japanese settler may enlighten us to the beauty of the original NW landscape: Read more
The Northwest Flower and Garden show is coming! February 23rd thru 27th, Wednesday thru Sunday.
Despite its popularity, I believe the garden show tends to attract the same Read more
I hope the community park users enjoy our donation. It’s a picnic table we built out of some framing lumber we had, just sitting around asking to be made into something. The table top is a solid (joined) piece of wood. So are the bench seats. Gave me a chance to try out my new joining jig – a Dowelmax. This is one sweet piece of machined aluminum! Reminds me of Read more
Why Get a Survey
The big lesson about surveying is: Don’t build anything on land that is in dispute. If you’re wrong you could be taking down what was just built, at your own expense. Plus it is just the right thing to do – stay on your own property and respect your neighbor’s, as you would have them do to your property.
It is so common when we do a property line fence that Read more
[editor's note: this was originally posted on 3/26/10 by Licia on LiciaBeads blog]
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As we go along in a landscape it comes along slowly but eventually prompts a lot of reaction from the homeowners as well as Read more
Get a plan or plan on failing.
In landscaping and life in general, there are certainly many, many more ways to screw things up than there are ways of doing things right. And doing things really well is even more rare and difficult.
It’s like building a house. Most people recognize that design and planning are necessary parts of building a house. This is not just to meet code. Imagine spending thousands of dollars on a kitchen remodel only to find Read more