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How to Grow Potatoes Anywhere | At Home With P. Allen Smith

Follow us for tips and more: www.youtube.com Allen shows you how you can grow your own potatoes even if you don’t have the space for a garden. Have any questions for P. Allen Smith? Leave your comments and questions below! Practical tips for style, comfort and sustainable living from designer and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith. Allen dissects style and function to reveal the tips that will take your home and garden to the next level. More from Allen: www.youtube.com More home tips: www.ehow.com P. Allen Smith is an award-winning designer and lifestyle expert and host of two public television programs, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, P. Allen Smith’s Garden to Table and the syndicated 30-minute show P. Allen Smith Gardens. Smith is one of America’s most recognized and respected design experts, providing ideas and inspiration through multiple media venues. He is the author of the best-selling Garden Home series of books published by Clarkson Potter/Random House, including Bringing the Garden Indoors: Container, Crafts and Bouquets for Every Room and P. Allen Smith’s Seasonal Recipes from the Garden. Allen is also very active on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Allen’s Blog and YouTube as well as on the eHow Home channel. His design and lifestyle advice is featured in several national magazines. Learn more at www.pallensmith.com.

Growing a Moss Garden

I don’t know about you, but one of the most intriguing things about this time of year is the color green. Everywhere you turn there are all these different shades of green, and I love the shades that are reflected in moss. Just take a look at some of this that I gathered in the woods. Moss is often underrated and underestimated. There are lots of uses for it. If you got a situation where you can’t grow grass–it’s too shady or maybe the soil’s too acidic– you might just think about doing an entire landscape of moss. It can be very beautiful and compelling. For me, moss goes beyond color. It’s the texture that can really arrest your attention. You take moss with its velveteen covering, a few rocks, and flowing water–well, you’ve created a magical space. Now, what I’m doing today is I’m actually going to get some moss started on some of these pots. In my shade garden, they look really good with moss growing on them. They look really old. This is a very simple recipe. You simply take some club moss that you would gather in the woods. You take one part moss to one part sugar to 3 parts beer–ah, the secret ingredient–and hit “puree.” Now, let this blend for about one minute. What you’re creating here is really a moss smoothie. You just take off the lid. Now you’re ready to take this mixture and just apply it to the container like this. Now, one little tip: you can actually moisten the container, soak them in water, and they’ll take the substance in better than if they’re

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