Bill Bird

Bill Bird Bill Bird writes the blog Sacramento Vegetable Gardening.

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


Venus and The Duke

Nov 2, 2014
Venus and The Duke

Venus and The Duke Avocado TreeYeah, yeah, I know. It's not quite as snappy as "Bennie and The Jets," but give it a few years. Pretty soon it will just roll right off the tongue. Because Venus and The Duke are going to be telling their story for a very...

Spooked Out!

Oct 31, 2014
Spooked Out!

Spooktacular Pumpkins!Happy Halloween! I have a small confession to make. My name is Bill. I am 51 years old. And I'm really just a child at heart. I mean, really. While other 51 year old men are captains of industry or finding a cure for one disease o...

When It Rains, It Blogs

Oct 25, 2014
When It Rains, It Blogs

Black Cherry Tomatoes from the Bird Back 40I really should be working. No -- really -- I should. It's a Saturday afternoon after a nice morning rainstorm and there's lots to do. I could plant garlic! I could pull weeds! I could clean the cat litter box...

Dig, Child, Dig!

Oct 20, 2014
Dig, Child, Dig!

F.C. Joyce Elementary School: Photo Courtesy of Eli Bob
Dig, Child, Dig! Dig until it hurts! And then dig just a little bit more. I can still remember my mother's commands -- even after all of these years. For -- the love and joy that is digging in...

Garden Leftovers, Meal Memories

Oct 17, 2014
Garden Leftovers, Meal Memories

Garden Fresh Sweet Bell PeppersIt's that special time of year when the summer garden, which I've nearly torn out and replaced with fall greens, yields a surprise tasty treat or two. This is especially true with the three varieties of eggplant that Venu...

Let Us Plant Lettuce

Oct 5, 2014
Let Us Plant Lettuce

Lettuce Starter PlantsOh boy...Somewhere, Henny Youngman just groaned. Loudly. The king of the puns and one liners -- Henny's "take my wife, please" jokes had late night king Johnny Carson guffawing loudly on more than one occasion. You knew it was goi...

A Harvest Like You

Sep 24, 2014
A Harvest Like You

Flavor Finale Pluots-Bird Back 40I've been waiting for this moment to be brutally honest. I've been waiting for a harvest like you. Because the planting and growing of fruit trees is an exercise in patience. You are not going to be rewarded with a boun...

The Big Tomato Payoff

Sep 19, 2014
The Big Tomato Payoff

Heirloom Tomatoes-Bird Back 40Break it Down! Stop! Tomato Time!Is your garden like mine? Heirloom tomatoes coming out of your ears? It is that time of year for us heirloom aficionados. Long after the hybrids have played out and stopped producing, the h...

Time for Some Shameless Self-Promotion

Sep 16, 2014
Time for Some Shameless Self-Promotion

Sacramento MagazineI suppose a little promotion every once in a great while is a good thing, right? Tooting your own horn, so to speak? Blow a little smoke? Pat myself on the back? Bluster? Boast? Crow?OK -- enough already.My friends, for some reason t...

My Favorite Mistakes

Sep 5, 2014
My Favorite Mistakes

Sheryl Crow got one. I gots many. Of the gardening kind that is. No -- the wife that is Venus is not my favorite mistake. However, there may be times when she might feel that way. Like most husbands, uh, I tend to "push the envelope."Canning JarsAnd th...

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