Bill Bird

Bill Bird Bill Bird writes the blog Sacramento Vegetable Gardening.

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


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...

It Calls to Me…

Sep 4, 2014
It Calls to Me…

We now resume our regularly scheduled programming, already in progress...It's tough to write when your back hurts. It's tough to write after a shot to cure that pain suddenly causes all sorts of side effects that throw you for a double loop when you we...

Take the Pain

Aug 1, 2014
Take the Pain

Lemon Boy Tomatoes-Bird Back 40The calendar says it's only been two weeks since I last put pen to paper. But to be honest -- it seems like eons ago. Three weeks ago life was grand. That pesky Achilles tendon that kept me out of the garden had finally h...

Shocking Blue

Jul 14, 2014
Shocking Blue

I know what many of you are thinking. "Hey, when did somebody do a remake of that Bananarama song?" But, for some strange and odd duck reason, I'm a fan of showing my true age. Which is old. Because this is the best version of "Venus," and it was relea...

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