How To’s

We live in a wonderful age. Remember when you used to have to go to the library and hope to find the information you need? Or a bookstore and accumulate a pile of books in each of which was a small section that was pertinent to your project? Or try to find a friend who might be able to help? (Guess I’m showing my age here) Well no more! The internet abounds with experts who can help us out. From blog posts to Youtube videos you can find most anything. Here are those that I find most helpful.

How to use a hula hoe

There are many videos showing how to use this tool but many of them do not show the correct way. It has a 2 sided blade so is most effective using a back and forth method. When weeds are taller I find that digging it in deeper than the surface and pulling it toward you will really get them out.

This video gets right to the point.


Seed Starting

I am still in the learning phase of seed starting. There are many many videos on this topic out there and it can all be a bit overwhelming.  I will have more to share on this topic at some point – hopefully sooner that later. Below are a couple of videos on specific seed starting issues.

Joe from GrowItBuildIt has videos on the specifics of growing many native plants and has a really informative blog at

General Gardening

Another great source of gardening information is Jason from Fraser Valley Rose Farm. He has videos on general plant care, seed starting, propagation from cuttings and more.

Practical advice from a home gardener

I am Deborah Valiquet – artist and obsessive gardener. Here you will find my advice for creating a garden oasis in the high desert. I’ll share my experiences – successes and failures over the last 10+ years. 

Even if your garden isn’t in the high desert you will find lots of valuable information here. Let’s dig in!