Debra Lee Baldwin

How to Water Your Summer Garden

If you live where summers are hot and dry, irrigation or the lack thereof can mean life or death to prized plants. These tips will help your garden survive the dog days.  — Check your automatic irrigation system. Trust me, it needs it. Watch for leafy growth blocking sprayers, clogged riser heads, and plugged drip lines. — Pay[...]

Aloe vera: Not the Only Medicinal Aloe

Aloe vera is not the only medicinal aloe, but not all aloes have medicinal properties. In fact, some are poisonous. Duke Benadom of the Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society and author of Superb Succulents researched and compiled this list of medicinal aloes (in blue) and poisonous aloes (in red) ~ Benadom notes, “It’s important for the[...]

Win $500 for Your Creative Handcrafted Container!

To celebrate their new book, “Potted: Make Your Own Stylish Garden Containers”, Potted—a Los Angeles garden boutique—is having a DIY Planter Contest, and I’m one of the judges! Ends June 21, 2017. Winner announced June 26. WINNER GETS A $500 gift certificate to Potted-–yes, they sell mail-order—and also will receive a copy of their new book, as will the top four runners-up! IMPORTANT: This[...]

Thank You for Helping Me Grow!

You’ve visited my website, read my books and articles, follow me on social media, subscribe to my newsletter, attend my presentations…and recently helped my YouTube channel pass 2,600,000 views…Thank You! If you’d like to give the artwork or photo above to a special teacher, mentor, relative or friend, you’re welcome to download it from my site. Simply print it out, include the person’s name,[...]