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Garden and Landscape Design by Laara Copley-Smith

Monthly Archives: November 2013

Small or Large Gardens: How important is size ?

Written on November 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm, by

I hear people say `Oh my garden is only tiny` or  `I don’t think you could do much with my small garden` My view is size is a perception of space. Small or large it is all important with potential and the smallest garden can be enchanting or a peaceful haven to enjoy. When one … Continue Reading…

The Winter Kitchen Garden

Written on November 11, 2013 at 6:51 pm, by

Purslane, Claytonia 'Winter Purslane' One of my all time salad leaf I ensure I plant late summer is Winter Purslane. It is perfect for salads, raw and cooked vegetable blends, soups and juicing when you have too much to harvest. Which can happen late spring. It is a leaf which often is forgotten. A green leaf … Continue Reading…

Liquidambar styraciflua

Written on November 11, 2013 at 9:47 am, by

Liquidambar styraciflua are deciduous trees grown mainly for their alternate, maple-like leaves which turn richly brilliant, long-lasting autumnal colour. The flowers and fruits are inconspicuous and generally not an element this beautiful tree is known for. Commonly known as `sweet gum` and from the Altingiaceae family formally the member of the Hamamelidaceae. Or certainly considered as … Continue Reading…

The Kitchen Garden: Late season & the cooler months

Written on November 8, 2013 at 2:55 pm, by

One of the most enjoyable elements about late season is that there is generally lots of harvesting. Depending upon your crops and what you are growing will affect how long this `harvesting` time continues. The weather will also have a large bearing on crops slowing down in production as we move into autumn. In the … Continue Reading…

Slugs & Snails

Written on November 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm, by

  </body> Any garden especially vegetable gardens will have resident slugs and snails. There is just no avoidance other than having to be vigilant with how you deal with them. The question is how in an environmental and safe capacity. Yes by all means go out looking for them as they come out in the … Continue Reading…