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Blogs for gardening/landscaping with an "Apartment Therapy"-like vibe

I'm a new homeowner (1 year now!) and am interested in learning more about gardening after decades of apartment dwelling. There are a lot of garden blogs out there, and I'd like to start by reading some that have a similar vibe to a home design blog I'm very familiar with, Apartment Therapy. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on May 6, 2016 - 9 answers

Is this even a thing, landscaping edition

Having purchased a house on a sizable plot of land (0.6 acres), we find ourselves in a pickle -- we'd like to fix up the yard, currently best described as "woefully neglected", but we'd like to do the work ourselves. The problem being, while we have a good idea of what we want, we don't know how to do it. We want some sort of mentor, somebody to review ideas, tell us broadly how to go about doing the work, give us feedback after we're done, and so forth. [more inside]
posted by genehack on Mar 31, 2016 - 8 answers

Please fence me in...

One of our rotten dogs (pictured here) escaped our backyard last night, almost certainly by jumping the back fence. Luckily, we were able to find him, but once he finds an escape route, he will try it again & again. To rule out this specific exit, I'm considering the idea of planting bushy shrubs along the fence to break up his running start and act as an extra buffer. I have a bit of a black thumb and need help deciding what to plant! [more inside]
posted by marshmallow peep on Feb 29, 2016 - 12 answers

Looking for a very specific plant

I'm looking for a drought resistant, shade tolerant, tall (at least 4 feet) perennial that can survive in a metal planter. [more inside]
posted by theRussian on Feb 8, 2016 - 9 answers

Favorite fruit trees in pacific northwest

I have room for perhaps 5 semi-dwarf fruit trees in my backyard near Seattle (Zone 8b), plus a handful of berry bushes. I know blueberries and apples grow well here so I plan to have some of each. Also, some (all?) plums nearby seem remarkably pest-free. Are there other favorites that aren't too much fuss that the family can enjoy picking? Figs? Cherries? Are mulberries too messy? I'm usually a DIYer but is it worth it to hire a edible landscaping consultant in this case? Thanks.
posted by Space Dog on Jan 20, 2016 - 16 answers

Gardening at night, in the morning, whenever.

I'm looking for images of residential gardens that embody high design standards--websites are fine; books are great. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jul 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Resources for becoming a more intuitive gardener?

Over many years of learning how to cook, I developed from slavishly following recipes (and often screwing up anyway) to being able to improvise with a decent success rate. Now I'm learning how to garden, and would like to make a similar transition. If you have done this, what helped? [more inside]
posted by aws17576 on Jun 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Flower gardening 101

How do I garden? More precisely...how do renovate/set up a perennial bed and get it looking good for next month, not just next summer? It's time to do something about the horrible parking strip/hell strip out front and I'm not sure how to execute when it's a total mess, some things are already blooming, and I want it to be not-crappy looking basically as soon as I'm done. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on May 18, 2015 - 15 answers

Homescaping Query

What's a good bush to plant next to the front door? This is in coastal Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Apr 28, 2013 - 17 answers

Seeking suitable plants for an awkward flower bed, zone 8a.

My flower bed gets full sun in Summer, full shade in Winter, and plenty of dog pee. What can I plant? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Feb 23, 2013 - 8 answers

What are some low-maintenance plants that grow in the shade?

Can you suggest some plants for a shady yard? North of Seattle, brown thumb. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Sep 22, 2012 - 10 answers

I want it gone--all gone

Best way to dispose of lava rock [more inside]
posted by katyh on Aug 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Pimp my front lawn

You live in the Seattle area and can recommend an awesome landscape architect or other landscaping professional who can transform a small, city front yard into something that looks awesome and requires not much maintenance. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Aug 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Please take my money.

Why can't I hire a landscaper? I know how to find one. I know how to show what I want done and how to ask for bids. Why can't I get one of them to accept the job? [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Jul 31, 2012 - 20 answers

Day of the Dead Lanscaping Needs Reviving. Where to start?

Day of the Dead---In desperate need for front landscaping makeover but want to DIY. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Jan 17, 2012 - 6 answers

How do you work with grass plugs?

Grass plugs, a small-tenderly kept area, and no luck... How am I messing this up? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Nov 5, 2010 - 4 answers

What water feature?

Help me make a "water feature" - for visual/aural esthetics, as well as attractive to birds and other wild life. [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Apr 12, 2010 - 5 answers

Monster backyard how to/ideas

We're getting ready to start working on the landscaping in our yard for this year, and we have decided to go big and redo the whole thing. [more inside]
posted by teishu on Mar 8, 2006 - 7 answers

Paper and pencil just aren't cutting it

Does anyone have any recommendations for free, Win98-compatible software that will help me design a community garden for my non-profit organization? Am I looking for a CAD program? If so, which of the thousands out there should I use? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Jan 25, 2006 - 6 answers

stonewalling

Building a stone wall: crushed stone foundation necessary? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Oct 17, 2005 - 12 answers

Where can I find help maintaining some landscaping?

I find myself responsible for a semi-large, quite varied chunk of landscaping. Shrubs, flowers, trees, you name it. I don't have a clue what I'm doing. Where can I find help? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia on Jul 21, 2005 - 9 answers

Drip drip drip, but how often?

How often should I drip irrigate my front yard in foggy San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on May 21, 2005 - 4 answers

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