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Dave's Garden Articles: By Janet Colvin

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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The Lazy Gardener's Vegetable Pond
By Janet Colvin (UniQueTreasures)

When hurricane Rita came through Southeast Texas, in September, 2005, my pond buckled in half when a tree was uprooted in my back yard and landed on my house. Instead of re-building the pond area, my hubby pulled the form out of the ground and it sat, parked on the side of the house for almost 3 years. My reasons for planting my garden in the pond form were many. Underneath the pond forms, there used to be a tree in our front yard, fairly close to the house. This tree had some serious issues so it was cut down in March of 2005. Once the tree was removed, the ground was so packed with roots and bark, dynamite would need to be used to blast out a hole to plant anything in.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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Garden Art: How Can I Protect and Preserve My Garden Art?
By Janet Colvin (UniQueTreasures)

Garden art comes in a variety of forms, from elaborate fountains to little magical gnomes. Garden art treasures are collected from all over the world and it definitely beautifies our space in the vast world in which we live. One thing I think we can all agree on is that garden art enhances our yards and offers a wonderful glimpse of our personalities. From hand-crafted heirlooms to bargain variety, thrift store garden art, our treasures deserve all we can do to keep them beautiful. Learn more about what you can do to help right here.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

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Using Picasa to Improve my Gardening Photos
By Janet Colvin (UniQueTreasures)

I want my gardening photos to have the "WOW" factor like so many I see on Dave's Garden. I'm not a great photographer, and even though I have a fairly good camera (Sony DSC-H1), my photos sometimes need a bit of tweaking. Some of my photos are too dark, or too big, or not centered right. Some aren't crisp enough for me. Picasa can fix all of these things. Let me show you what I've learned in the past few weeks.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

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Picasa - FREE Photo Editing and Management Software ~What is it and how do I get it?
By Janet Colvin (UniQueTreasures)

Dave's Garden is a great place to share photos of your garden. Everywhere you look, people are posting photos of beautiful blooms and landscapes. Along with the incredible people that come here, beautiful photos are one of the things that keep us coming back to Dave's Garden. So many of the photos posted have that "WOW" factor that leaves you with a big smile on your face. While there are some fantastic photographers here on Dave's, there are also some not quite so fantastic photographers, like myself, that just have a good photo editor.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

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Trash to Treasure ~ Making a Planter from a Milk Crate
By Janet Colvin (UniQueTreasures)

I've had so much fun creating this awesome milk crate planter today. It all started last week when Allison said that she'd been thinking about using a milk crate as one of those many holed planters... That set off a light bulb in my head! Hey now... I've got a couple of milk crates in my back yard. Read on and I'll show you how I made one of these great milk crate planters.

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

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Trash to Treasure ~ Breathing New Life Into Your Garden Critters
By Janet Colvin (UniQueTreasures)

This fun project of breathing new life into my garden critters all started with a recent purchase, which after I got it home, looked rather "cheesy" afterall. It was a huge plastic frog in blaring green that I'd purchased at Goodwill for 49 cents. It has a mechanism in it that when you walk past it, lets out a cute "Ribbit". When I got it, I thought it would be cute for the grand babies to walk past. I couldn't wait to see their expressions as the frog "ribbited" when they walked past. The only problem was, when I placed it in my yard, it stood out like a sore thumb. I got out my cans of spray paint and covered that rascal up. He went from being "cheesy" to being beautiful! One thing led to another, and the next thing I knew, all of my "ratty" looking critters and statues were in line to be painted!

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

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Downloading Photos from the Camera - Uploading Your Photos to Dave's Garden
By Janet Colvin (UniQueTreasures)

A picture is worth 1000 words. How many times have we heard that? Several times a week I'll be reading a thread here on Dave's and "hear" someone say, "I wish I knew how to get the pictures from my camera to my computer." Or, "As soon as my DH gets home, I'll have him put my photos on my computer." And then the moment is forgotten. Weeks go by, and frustration grows. Recently I gave someone step by step, illustrated instructions about downloading their photos from their camera to their computer. I am hoping that maybe others might benefit from this tutorial so they can share their photos with the rest of us. Everyone wants to see photos! I even have instructions on how to get the photos from your computer to your post. The instructions are really easy if you just follow along.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

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Creating a "Trash to Treasure" Many Holed Coleus Cutting Planter
By Janet Colvin (UniQueTreasures)

Yeah, I'm cheap. What can I say? When I read about this cool idea of side planting in special pots, I just knew I was going to have to have me one of these incredible planters. I received some wonderful coleus cuttings in the mail from a special Dave's Garden friend and I needed to plant them soon. Let me show you how I created my very own side planter from things I had around the house.

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