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Tweet The Phantom Planter materializes without a sound, his target well in sight.  He wields the tools of his trade so confidently and so without reservation that he arouses no suspicion.  He is so practiced at it that the movements of his gloved hands come almost as naturally as breathing.  This specter has descended upon [...]

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Tweet Forget what the groundhog saw – spring is coming!  Maybe not as quickly as we would like it, but it is coming and it’s time to prepare our gardens.  A bamboo garden is always a good idea, despite HOA warnings, as it is beautiful, can be used in everything from recipes to crafts and [...]

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Tweet Now that you’re ready to begin a fall composting project, it’s time to decide what type of compost pile to build.  A heap pile is by far the easiest choice requiring no structure.  Just make sure to keep the pile at least 3 feet high and 3 feet wide and turn for aeration regularly. [...]

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Tweet Autumn colors are giving way to falling leaves and with eco-friendly fall maintenance tips in mind, the leaf blowers are tucked away and the rakes are handy.  Even if there is curbside pick-up available in your area, it is still be beneficial to save those leaves to create your own compost pile. With rising [...]

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Tweet For all the wannabe witches this Halloween, here’s an interesting alternative to plastic store-brought brooms.  Traditionally, bamboo brooms are used by Japanese gardeners as gentle, quiet tools to keep a yard clean of debris and leaves.  For many, it’s much more preferable to using a leaf blower. This broom, however, will resemble the hearth [...]

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Tweet While we had every intention of building a simple bamboo shade structure over the past two weeks, the extreme heat had us avoiding the sun altogether and shunning garden work.  And in hiding from the sun, enjoying some eco-friendly beer I must admit, our dreams of garden structures grew from simple shade structure to [...]

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Tweet Well now that Lindsay Lohan is doing it…… To escape the paparazzi and prying eyes of law enforcement, Lohan spent the last days of her house arrest behind a rooftop bamboo fence.  Privacy aside, there are many reasons that a bamboo fence may be the right choice for your backyard.  Bamboo fencing adds a [...]

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Tweet Whether joining the local food movement or trying to combat rising food costs, now is the time to plant your spring garden for a summer bounty.  Wearing light and comfortable bamboo clothing, take advantage of the mild days and breezy evenings to prepare garden beds and plant summer fruits and vegetables.  Make your bamboo [...]

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Tweet Let’s just skip right past the obvious observation of Tax Day and move on to a more enjoyable day approaching – Easter!  Rather than talk tax forms and tax credits, let’s talk about the incredible amount of waste that comes hop hop hoppin’ down the trail with the Easter Bunny.  This is a holiday [...]

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Tweet Parenting is tough.  Not only are you charged with raising a child to be physically and emotionally healthy but also socially responsible.  In this age of melting ice-caps, overflowing landfills and dwindling natural resources , it’s more important than ever to raise an eco-friendly child. Here are some ways you can instill environmentally conscious [...]

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Tweet  “….if I wanted to have a happy garden, I must ally myself with my soil; study and help it to the utmost, untiringly. Always the soil must come first.” –Marion Cran, If I Were Beginning Again Consider soil the conveyor of all things healthy to your garden.  The quality of soil will determine the [...]

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Tweet From California to the Carolinas, there are thousands of backyard gardens with varying needs.  Gardeners across the country must choose their plants not only for their aesthetic but also for their temperament to certain climates.  Bamboo is no different.  And while gardeners can choose a variety of bamboo plants to suit their needs, it’s [...]

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Tweet Father’s Day is two short weeks away and there is still plenty of shopping time left.  It can be hard to find that perfect gift for the father in your world but thankfully there is a general gift guide to help everyone out.  And now those usual Fathers Day gifts can become a bit [...]

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Tweet A young bamboo how tall it has grown, without the slightest help in the world. -Japanese Haiku With over 1000 species of bamboo in 90 genera, there is a bamboo plant option for everyone.  While it can seem overwhelming to choose one, don’t get discouraged.  The benefits that bamboo can bring to your garden, [...]

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Tweet Warmer weather brings with it revived gardens and more time spent outdoors enjoying private retreats.  Wind chimes add an element of beauty to gardens and also harness the power of Feng Shui.  Practicers of Feng Shui, an ancient Chinese method of object placement that focuses on the flow of “chi” or energy, use wind chimes [...]

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Tweet There are as many types of bamboo plants to choose from for your garden as there are uses for the plant itself.   Over 1000 species of bamboo in 90 genera have been described and named and there may well be varieties waiting to be discovered.  Bamboo plants grow at various heights in various ways [...]

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