Vinings Patio

18 Jun 19
Untangling Knotts

And we walked off to look for America – Simon and Garfunkel One last meal at Kerouac’s and one last long drive West today. We made it to California after traversing the alternating ranges of mountains and broad valleys that make up central Nevada. Breakfast was the most notable party of the day. We shared […]

11 Jun 19

As a beginner growing a garden can seem very overwhelming and the last thing you want to do is invest your time and money only to find out that you made some critical mistakes your first few months. That is why this list will give you the top 12 garden tips to help you make […]

07 Jun 19
Gardening Dos and Donts

There are tons of different vertical gardening systems and supports to choose from, and it’s fun to get ideas for your garden. Below, I’ve broken my vertical gardening ideas down into a few different sections so you can easily find what you’re looking for. First I share a few of my favorite hanging gardens, wall […]

05 Jun 19

If you have a small space in your garden or perhaps live on a slope that is untenable as far as gardening is concerned containers might be your only option. Thankfully there are many plants that you can grow in pots including climbers. Best climbers for containers The best climbers for containers are those that […]

29 May 19
The Adventures of Mike and Cindy

Every year for the past 10+ years, my friend Dan B. has gone on a fishing trip with his friend Scott S. and Scott’s friends and relatives.  They always go to June Lake during the third week after the fishing season opener.  For the past several years, they have stayed at the Reverse Creek Lodge.  […]

09 May 19
Green State Gardener

Starting a vegetable garden? Dream big, but start small and expand as you gain experience. Raised beds make efficient use of space and keep maintenance to a minimum. GROWING your own vegetables is both fun and rewarding. All you really need to get started is some quality soil and a few plants. But to be a really successful vegetable […]

02 May 19

Urban gardening may seem like just another trend, but unlike a lot of fads, it’s a trend that has staying power because it actually provides substantial benefits to the average person’s quality of life. Even apartment dwellers who live several stories up and have nothing more than a small balcony can grow a variety of […]

27 Apr 19
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1650919-4 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1650919-4 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1650919-4 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1650919-4 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Gutter gardens are popular these days, but the gutters become very heavy once they’re filled with plants and oil. This design uses metal gutters and pipes that can be found at any home improvement store. (Tracy Walsh) Pergolas covered by vining crops such as these hardy grapes are fabulous for creating a private hideaway in the yard. (Jessica Walliser) While this self-standing privacy wall was specifically designed to be used as a screen to add privacy to a deck, patio or balcony, it could also be used to cover a boring blank wall or hide an unsightly area in the garden. (Tracy Walsh) An easel can be placed just about anywhere in the garden. While direct sunlight is usually best for vegetables, look for a spot with partial shade. (Tracy Walsh) What better way to put those extra planters to use than to create a stocked pot tower garden? Not only does it look great, but a tower garden keeps crops out of reach of pesky critters looking for a snack. (Tracy Walsh) Amy Andrychowicz is bucking conventional gardening wisdom. In “Vertical Vegetables: Simple Projects That Deliver More Yield in Less Space” (Quarto Publishing Group), the first-time book author demonstrates how to produce bigger and better fruits and veggies by growing them upward instead of outward in traditional planting beds. “Pretty much anything can be grown vertically as long as you chose the correct structure for it,” said Andrychowicz, who a decade ago established Get Busy Gardening (, a popular DIY blog for beginners. Vertical gardening has grown in popularity, she said, as more people (including aging baby boomers) have taken up residence in apartments and condominiums. “So many people don’t have a lot of space, they don’t have big yards, they live in the city. Even in suburbia, they don’t want a huge, ugly garden that they have to take care of sitting in their backyard. They want something to … be small and easily maintainable, to be able to grow stuff right on their deck or patio.” A longtime gardener, she first experimented with vertical gardening years ago while living in a duplex. After moving into her first home and building a horizontal vegetable garden, Andrychowicz said, she noticed the larger vining plants crowding one another and decided to trellis them. The result was “one of the best growing seasons I’ve ever had,” she wrote. Even weighty watermelons and sizeable squash can flourish while suspended vertically from a sturdy — and aesthetically pleasing — garden arch or trellis, she said. “They’re hanging down, so they’re shaped nicer, they don’t have that ugly spot on them, you don’t have to worry about them sitting on the ground and rotting or getting eaten” by pests. Visitors to her Minneapolis home are often surprised when they come into my garden and see pie pumpkins hanging from an arch crafted from PVC pipe and standard garden fencing, she said. In the book, Andrychowicz details techniques for hammocking heavier plants but said she has“never had a problem with any of them ripping off the vine.” Her yard is filled with a variety of vertical planting structures, many of which she fashioned herself using new, reclaimed and upcycled items, and stationed in unexpected spots. An entire chapter — brimming with detailed material and tool lists, instructions and photos — is dedicated to building trellises and other structures including a tall, freestanding wooden arch. There are also guides for constructing a long, wire-arch tunnel that stretches over a ground-level planting bed, creating additional growing space above it, as well as classic- and contemporary-style wooden obelisks, elegant pyramid-shaped structures that are often found in formal gardens. Andrychowicz created a whimsical fan trellis by affixing an old shovel, rake and hoe to three wooden extension poles. She utilized metalized rain gutters and lengths of threaded steel pipe to build a self-standing “gutter garden.” Thrift-store and garage-sale finds can also be transformed into vertical planters, such as an industrial-style metal utility cart featured in the book. Even old picture frames can be altered to support herbs and other small edible plants while simultaneously decorating oft-overlooked spaces such as walls and fences. In addition to being able to grow food in a smaller footprint, Andrychowicz contends that larger harvests result from vertical vegetable gardening. The practice also helps to conserve water while preventing fungus and other diseases as well as pests from infiltrating plants. “If you have things growing vertically … you just have specific spots to water rather than watering your entire garden … which also helps control weeds because those weeds aren’t getting watered,” she said. However, vertical gardening may not be as easy as Andrychowicz makes it look. Brandi Eide is the botanical garden supervisor at Springs Preserve. She said the technique “comes with its own inherent challenges.” For starters, because the soil’s substrate surface is restricted, “You don’t have as much space for roots to grow and develop.” Meanwhile, because soil tends to dry out very quickly in the Las Vegas Valley and throughout the Southwest, “Watering is also a challenge.” Eide advises vertical vegetable gardeners to employ “a very high-organic content soil that’s going to retain moisture longer. That way, you’re not having to supplement with water as frequently.” Springs Preserve staffers recently completed renovations on the facility’s own vertical garden wall, which featured succulent plants on one side; an assortment of tomatoes, beans and vegetables on the other; and a drip-irrigation system that kept everything adequately hydrated. (The structure is now used exclusively to grow succulents.) “I don’t know that vertical gardening is easier than just gardening horizontally,” Eide said. “There are a lot more challenges and it’s probably a lot more time, labor and maintenance intensive from every situation that I’ve ever seen.”
25 Apr 19
The Province

Lots are typically small and plots in community gardens are not always available.

20 Apr 19
euzicasa Home ORGANIZING VIDEOS INSIDER DIY UNIVERSITY WIN A TOOL SET Toggle Search LANDSCAPING 12 DIY Planter Boxes You Can Make in a Day Rachel Brougham If you’re short on space or don’t want to dig up your yard to put in plants, planter boxes are a good option. From simple to elaborate, there are […]

14 Apr 19
Lesa Bell Atlanta Real Estate

This house has been sold and is no longer on the market. 4058 Keswick Drive in Vinings. It is truly a special home located on a private lot on a quiet cul-de-sac. Spacious master on main suite with fireplace and his and her bathrooms. Three bedrooms with ensuite baths, and a charming garage apartment. It […]

10 Apr 19

Harbert United States Real Estate Fund V L.P. (HUSREF V), in conjunction with Audubon Communities, recently sold Forest Hills at Vinings, a 302-unit, Class B+ multifamily asset located in the Vinings submarket of Atlanta. Shea Campbell, senior vice president at CBRE, represented HUSREF V and Audubon in the sale to Sunbelt Residential. Acquired in October […]

09 Apr 19
Axarquia Garden Club

Seasonal & Sustainable April takes its name from the Latin word aperio meaning to bud, aptly because it is the month when our plants are full of fat buds just bursting to open! It is the first full month of spring and celebrates the renewal of life. Important Days to Remember this Month: 6 th […]

05 Apr 19
Musings from the Chiefio

Some interesting low work methods for growing vegetables. Salad in an inverted tub in winter, potatoes under straw…