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Create: A Colorful Planter for Spring

Create: A Colorful Planter for Spring

One of my plans this Spring is to add more color on patio garden beds by using a mixture of planters along with planting perennials in the ground. I recently bought two large planters, which means a visit to our local nursery was in store. Us...

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The Natomas Farm
Leaf Miner – a repost about citrus trees pests

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May 18, 2015
Leaf Miner – a repost about citrus trees pests

 Phyllocnistis citrella......sounds like a monster that I am bout to talk about. Though not nearly as large as Godzilla....but the damage is bout the same. Yes....let me introduce you to the citrus leaf miner. A little pest that showed up at our f...

The Natomas Farm
…. exactly 57 years ago boysenberries were discovered

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May 14, 2015
…. exactly 57 years ago boysenberries were discovered

There are folks out there that never had the taste of a boysenberry. Then again....there are many folks out there that never even heard of a boysenberry. I found out what they were from a place in my childhood history......a magical place named Knott's...

The Natomas Farm
Use on cuts and burns….chickens too!

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May 6, 2015
Use on cuts and burns….chickens too!

Although the Aloe Vera plant looks a lot like a cactus, it's actually a member of the lily and onion family......native to North Africa. That's it in front of the thorn-less cactus.....in the photoshop picture above. Many households knows th...

Bamboo and More
Recap of 2015 Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale (part 1)

Recap of 2015 Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale (part 1)

As you may know, I’m involved in the Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society, an organization well worth supporting if you like succulents and live in the greater Sacramento area. At $15 a year, it’s a bargain, too! Aside from monthly meetings every fourth Monday and occasional field trips to regional destinations, the...

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Bamboo and More
My first juried succulent show

My first juried succulent show

Yesterday I posted a teaser about the Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society’s 2015 Show & Sale. I’ve been a member since 2011 and an officer since 2012 and yet I’ve never entered the show. In fact, I’ve never entered any plant show. Unlike many other club members who enjoy the competition aspect,...

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Bamboo and More
Heads up: Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show May 2-3, 2015

Heads up: Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show May 2-3, 2015

What are you doing this coming weekend, May 2 and 3? If you’re in Sacramento or are up for the drive, join us for the Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale at Shepard Garden and Arts Center adjacent to McKinley Park. This will be the club’s 55th show, and it promises...

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Bamboo and More
Field trip to the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory

Field trip to the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory

A few weeks ago I organized a field trip to the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory for the Sacramento Cactus and Succulent Society (SCSS). Botanical Conservatory director Ernesto Sandoval and nursery technician Marlene Simon gave us a tour of the greenhouses and showed us some of the best succulent plantings...

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Bamboo and More
Drive-by agave sighting

Drive-by agave sighting

Whenever I drive to the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA, I see a row of Agave ‘Blue Glow’ in front of an office building not far from the RBG. Yesterday I finally stopped to take a closer look. It turns out the landscaping is even more diverse than I...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
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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