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Mushrooms in my succulent bed

Mushrooms in my succulent bed

Here’s a topic I haven’t talked about much on this blog: mushrooms. But then, the past few winters have been very dry so mushrooms haven’t been a common sight. This year, I have a feeling, will be very different. With another 1 inch of rain in the last 24 hours, we’re now up...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Tastes Like Christmas!

Tastes Like Christmas!

Dancy Mandarins-Bird Back 40That's the line I heard uttered from one of my co-workers earlier this month when I handed per a portion of a freshly harvested and just peeled Dancy Mandarin. Her eyes opened wide as she proclaimed: "Tastes like Christmas!"...

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Goodbye Aloe; hello Aloiampelos, Aloidendron, Aristaloe, Gonialoe and Kumara

Goodbye Aloe; hello Aloiampelos, Aloidendron, Aristaloe, Gonialoe and Kumara

Taxonomists—scientists describing, naming and classifying organisms—love change. They are constantly assigning and reassigning plants (and animals) based on the latest research findings. The decisions they make often annoy gardeners: After all, why is it necessary to move a plant that has always been one thing into another bucket, causing its botanical name to change?...

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20 hours of nonstop rain

20 hours of nonstop rain

The much touted storm forecast for Thursday, December 11, 2014 did arrive and it did bring quite bit of rain to Northern California, but it wasn’t as cataclysmic as the media had made it out to be. At least not here in Davis. We didn’t have the high winds...

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The Farmer Fred Rant
Winter Storms and Tree Troubles

Winter Storms and Tree Troubles

 50+ mph winds, several inches of rain over a few hours: that's the recipe for a typical winter storm in much of California...today, for example.   TV news crews rush to the most photogenic damage during these rare occasions: downed tr...

The Farmer Fred Rant
Winter Storms and Tree Troubles

Winter Storms and Tree Troubles

 50+ mph winds, several inches of rain over a few hours: that's the recipe for a typical winter storm in much of California...today, for example.   TV news crews rush to the most photogenic damage during these rare occasions: downed tr...

Sweetstuff's Sassy Succulents
Christmas Giveaway

Christmas Giveaway

It's almost Christmas time and I think it's timely for another giveaway.  I am doing this giveaway with my friend Debra Lee Baldwin.  I already have my annual calendar from her so I thought some lucky girl or guy would want one too.  And...

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Of leaves and lights

Of leaves and lights

Just recently I wrote about the pesky leaves that keep bothering my poor succulents. Since then we’ve had three inches of rain, which has brought us above normal for the season. That’s exactly what drought-ridden California needed. And we’re not done. More rain is in the forecast for Wednesday through Sunday.

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
The Domek Family Chicken

The Domek Family Chicken

Domek Family Chicken Before Cooking
Now that you've finished off the last of those pesky Thanksgiving leftovers -- it's time to get back to some normal eating behavior, right? And, lucky for you, I've got a dish that is just about perfect for anytime of the year...

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The Natomas Farm
…….our farm is off to the stars

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Dec 5, 2014
…….our farm is off to the stars

 NASA announced that the public can submit their names for inclusion on a dime-sized microchip that will travel on spacecraft voyaging to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars. NASA invites you to send your name to Mars via the fir...

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