Marianne Lipanovich

Home owner 
California, United States 
About me:
Houzz Contributor. I'm a California-based writer and editor. While most of my projects are garden-based, you might also find be writing about home projects and classical music. Away from the computer, I'm found in the garden (naturally), on my bike, or ice-skating outdoors (yes, that is possible in California). I'm also willing to taste-test anything that's chocolate. 
My favorite style:
Casual and comfortable 
My next house project:
There are so many vying for my attention, it's hard to know where to start! 
Marianne Lipanovich published an ideabook

Grow Plum Hybrids for Your Favorite Fruit Flavors

Plums are cozying up with apricots, peaches and even cherries — here’s how to grow these hybrids for the best aspects of each Full Story
     Comment   March 28, 2014
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I'm looking forward to shopping for these and finding one that would work for us. We have room for just one more fruit tree.... (We've said that for 5 new trees now.)
March 28, 2014 at 11:32am   
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Marianne Lipanovich published an ideabook

How to Grow Your Own Juicy Plums

Easier than other stone fruits and with a variety of colors to choose from, plums are a versatile garden addition Full Story
     Comment   March 27, 2014
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Be sure to plant your plum tree far away from any area that you don't want tons of squishy fruit all over! They also throw tons of suckers off their roots. As much as I love the fruit I cant stand the mess, this is the last year for my plum tree.
April 3, 2014 at 12:02pm   
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I planted a Santa Rosa plum and was just about to get a harvest when our subcontractor left the plastic mesh deer fence open, and the deer ate every single plum and as much of the tree as they could reach. They now try to sneak in to eat the trees by lifting the deer fence across the driveway with their antlers and sneaking in - they lay down and get their antlers under the fence and lift it up and wiggle under. Wow, are they into plums! We weighted down the deer fence so hopefully we get the plums this year.
April 6, 2014 at 10:07am   
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Marianne Lipanovich published an ideabook

How to Grow Your Own Luscious Cherries

Nope, they’re not the easiest fruit to grow. But with spectacular blossoms and pies as possibilities, cherries are sure worth a try Full Story
     Comment   March 26, 2014
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Not only do the birds get the cherrys but they wake you up at 4:30 am doing it
April 3, 2014 at 5:00am     
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Jacoba Adams
I wish i can have a cherry tree my husband eat it as a antioxidant for his gout it helps
April 4, 2014 at 6:18am   
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Marianne Lipanovich commented on an ideabook

10 Easy Edibles to Grow in Containers

No garden ground doesn’t have to mean no home-grown food. These herbs, veggies and fruits are just as happy in a pot Full Story
     Comment   March 22, 2014
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Marianne Lipanovich
I have a dog who will eat every fruit and vegetable he can find. Last night at 4 AM he was outside pulling up snap peas so he could eat them. He's harvested and eaten mini-pumpkins and he ate our first tomato of this season. There are some ideabooks on pets and plants, but I would suggest fencing around the edibles and bitter apple spray for the plants themselves. Depending on the size of dog, I've just found some reasonably priced and relatively attractive or not-in-your-face options at home improvement stores. You can buy the latter at pet stores. There's also bitter orange, but Brinkley loves citrus so that's not effective for us.

All of our houseplants are very high as well.
March 22, 2014 at 4:58pm     
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Steve Masley Consulting and Design
Victoran, make sure you boost the pots up off the ground with spacers (don't block the drain hole!), or move the pots every season. If the pots are resting on the ground, the tree roots will migrate up through the drain holes and into the pots. I was called out to troubleshoot a container garden that had 1/2-inch tree roots coming up through the bottom. They had been in the same place for a couple of years.
April 5, 2014 at 12:23pm     
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Sylvia Reynolds-Blakely i like your ethos. Makes sense to have rolling containers until you know how much sun your favorite plants need.
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