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Gold Nugget or Crazy Good Mandarin?

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 ...

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Sweetstuff's Sassy Succulents
Earth Day and Plant of the Week

Earth Day and Plant of the Week

Happy Earth Day Everyone!Maybe today go out and pick up some trash.  If we all did this you would be amazed at the difference.  It's also a great day to visit a garden and just stop and smell the roses!  Our Earth is so special let's tak...

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Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Today, April 22, is Earth Day. To celebrate, I took some photos in the garden during my lunch break. There’s so much beauty all around us, let’s not forget to appreciate it as often as we can.

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Aloe melanacantha

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Landscaping that sets a good example: La Jolla condo complex

Landscaping that sets a good example: La Jolla condo complex

Time was tight on our recent trip to San Diego so I didn’t get to drive through residential areas to see what kind of landscaping San Diegans might prefer. Is it yards filled with water-wise plants, with nary a lawn in sight? At least that’s the vision I have in my...

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Finally switching to better plant tags

Finally switching to better plant tags

I’m sure you know how it is. Eventually the plastic tags that come with plants get brittle and crumble.

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Or they just vanish into thin air without a trace. For some reason, this always seems to happen with plants I can’t identify...

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The Farmer Fred Rant
Pruning Tomatoes: Don’t You Have Anything Better To Do?

Pruning Tomatoes: Don’t You Have Anything Better To Do?





Once again, two tomato care questions have reappeared here: "Should I prune off  (snip off, pinch out) the first tomato flowers that appear, in order to get more tomatoes later?" And, "Do I need to prune my tomato plants?"

Those early tomato flowers, especially if the...

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Green Acres in Elk Grove: the newest nursery in the Sacramento area

Green Acres in Elk Grove: the newest nursery in the Sacramento area

While the Sacramento metro area is home to 2.2 million people (#26 in the nation for population), the opening of a new nursery is not a common event. In fact, the trend over the last 10 years has been going in the other direction, with several cherished nurseries closing during the

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Sweetstuff's Sassy Succulents
I Got to Go to GROW

I Got to Go to GROW

Now say that title 5 times fast.  LOL  Just messing with you.I have been waiting and waiting to visit this cool nursery.  I finally got my chance the beginning of this month while on vacation to the Morro Bay area.  I was giddy with...

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Fence-top cactus flowers

Fence-top cactus flowers

I keep any number of potted succulents on top of the 4-foot fence that separates our front yard into a “public” planting strip adjacent to the sidewalk and a “private” garden with a small lawn and more planting beds. Nothing has ever been stolen, and the only time something fell off was during...

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Spring at the Ruth Bancroft Garden

Spring at the Ruth Bancroft Garden

After I’d done all the damage I could at the Ruth Bancroft Garden’s spring plant sale last Saturday, I took a leisurely stroll through the garden. I’ve been here so many times, I’m always afraid of running out of things to photograph. Fortunately, the garden continues to evolve and I always...

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