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……welcome to our tomatoes all birdies

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Mar 2, 2015
……welcome to our tomatoes all birdies

Yes....this post's title might sound as if Farmer Deno has a bird brain to grow tomatoes......There are some really cool tricks to farming that not everyone will talk about. I am going to talk about how to have those wild birds help you out......growin...

Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
GOLD! Gold in the Bird Back 40!

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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Planting out my Leucospermum ‘Scarlet Ribbon’

Planting out my Leucospermum ‘Scarlet Ribbon’

If you read my recent posts (1 2), you know that my current plant crush is Leucospermum ‘Scarlet Ribbon’. I bought a 5-gallon plant two weeks ago at the grand opening of the newly enlarged Ruth Bancroft Garden nursery and I know right away where I wanted it...

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End-of-February color

End-of-February color

This post was supposed to be about something else entirely: rain. Last night the weather forecast predicted a 40% chance of rain this morning, and again this afternoon. Guess what? None of it materialized. As if that’s anything new. So, instead of pictures of H2O falling from the sky you get pictures of flowers...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Come On Baby Light My Fire!

Come On Baby Light My Fire!

Playing With FireThat great British poet once intoned: "Don't Play With Me, Cause You're Playing With Fire." And that's good advice. But what does Mick Jagger know about hot peppers anyhow? Hot women? Yeah, I guess he knows about them. He should. But h...

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Ruth Bancroft Garden in February 2015

Ruth Bancroft Garden in February 2015

Sorry it took me the better part of a week to post more pictures from my visit to the Ruth Bancroft Garden last Saturday but I had 200+ photos to go through. You’d think that after having been there so many times I’d run out of things to photograph, but the...

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Expanded retail nursery at the Ruth Bancroft Garden

Expanded retail nursery at the Ruth Bancroft Garden

I never need an excuse to visit the Ruth Bancroft Garden (RBG) in Walnut Creek, but it’s even better when I have a real reason for going. Yesterday (February 21, 2015) was the grand opening of the new section of the RBG’s retail nursery. Needless to say I had to check...

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This Crème Brûlée isn’t so tasty

This Crème Brûlée isn’t so tasty

While we had above-average rain in early and mid-December, there has been very little precipitation since then. In addition, the coldest temperature we’ve had this winter was 28°F on January 2 and 3, and that only lasted for a couple of hours each time.

With this in mind, it’s even more...

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Random San Francisco aeonium & tillandsia sighting

Feb 17, 2015
Random San Francisco aeonium & tillandsia sighting

We had an appointment in San Francisco yesterday, and even though plants or photography weren’t on the agenda, I managed to snap a few photos on my daughter’s iPhone. While the image quality isn’t as good as my Canon DSLR, it’s still pretty decent considering this is a phone, not a camera.

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Partial front yard makeover: from banana and lemon to cactus and agaves

Partial front yard makeover: from banana and lemon to cactus and agaves

Rule 1 of documenting a makeover project: take decent photos of the “before.” That’s exactly what I didn’t do on our most recent project. Instead of taking pictures when the light was good, I waited until the last minute when it was too contrasty. But at least the “after” photos look pretty good.

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