Bill Bird

Bill Bird Bill Bird writes the blog Sacramento Vegetable Gardening.

Web Site: http://sacramentogardening.blogspot.com/


The Flowers of Spring

Apr 3, 2016
The Flowers of Spring

Honey Crisp Apple Tree in Full Bloom"April Showers Bring May Flowers," my mother once crooned. She usually started screeching after a surprise rain storm wiped out whatever her youngest boy had planned for the day -- an event that was usually outside. ...

Steaks in the Summer Garden

Mar 6, 2016
Steaks in the Summer Garden

Heirloom Tomato Seedlings
We're planning to grow steaks in the Bird Back 40 summer garden this year. How about you? Can you spot the tiny steak starter plants in the photo to your right? They are right in front of your nose. They don't look all that...

Chillax Dude!

Feb 5, 2016
Chillax Dude!

Pride Peach Tree-Bird Back 40Chill! Chill out dude! Take a chill pill! Dude, just chill for a minute, will you? It was the "cool" word of the day -- way back in the day when I was a young man. Back when horse drawn carriages plied pretty red brick line...

Good Night Sweet Charlotte

Jan 16, 2016
Good Night Sweet Charlotte

Flavor Finale Pluot Tree-Bird Back 40It's a serious hair cut. We all get them from time to time. In this particular case and this particular year -- the famed and favored Flavor Finale Pluot got the "big chop" as they say in fruit growing circles. What...

Berries Are for the Birds!

May 23, 2015
Berries Are for the Birds!

Arapaho Thornless Blackberry VineYou bet they are! And Bill and the wife that is Venus Bird like it that way! Welcome to May 2015 -- and one of the coolest spring weather patterns I think I've ever experienced in the Sacramento area. That doesn't help ...

The Stain

May 15, 2015
The Stain

Wonderful Pomegranate-Bird Back 40There she goes again. The Wonderful Pomegranate putting on her usual springtime "look at me, I'm pretty" show. I should have put this tree in the front yard where everyone can enjoy the bonanza of bright red and yellow...

Gold Nugget or Crazy Good Mandarin?

Apr 25, 2015
Gold Nugget or Crazy Good Mandarin?

Gold Nugget Mandarin-Bird Back 40I'll be honest. This past winter restored my faith in citrus. I had one of the best citrus harvests ever on the Dancy Mandarin. And since Mr. Freeze steered clear of much of the Bird Back 40 this past winter, my citrus ...

Meet Katie Amaral

Mar 31, 2015
Meet Katie Amaral

Katie Amaral (right) of Dave Wilson NurseryThere she is. To your right. That, my friends, is Miss Katie Amaral. And that is your's truly to the left of Katie. This photo was snapped about two weeks ago. For the people that I work with day in and day ou...

China Garden

Mar 7, 2015
China Garden

China Garden-Malakoff Diggins State Park
One gets an almost spiritual feeling when entering this place. This is China Garden, located in the Nevada County Gold Rush Community of North Bloomfield, also known as Humbug, in the Malakoff Diggins State Park. It has remained untouched since Humbug was designated...

GOLD! Gold in the Bird Back 40!

Mar 1, 2015
GOLD! Gold in the Bird Back 40!

Twenty Ounce Apple Tree-Bird Back 40Well -- not really gold per se. Sorry to get you excited. I did not unearth golden nuggets during the latest "Big Dig" in the Bird Back 40. But -- I will tell you this much. I brought some gold rush history back home...

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