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Brown Thumb Mama
How to Make a Price Book (and Why You Need One)

Aug 22, 2011

Even though most people would categorize me as "Type A," I never thought I'd have the time or inclination to start and maintain a price book. The version outlined in the Tightwad Gazette (an essential read!) was just too complicated: Each page contai...

Blue Thumb
Joe Zaniker and Gregg Coffin, Sacramento

When you drive down the street, your eyes are drawn to the unique style and uncomplicated harmony of Joe Zaniker and Gregg Coffin’s landscape—sleek, unified, sophisticated. Their home and landscape is about them, for them, and for their friends and...

Bamboo and More
Evolution of a front yard: from Bradford pear to timber bamboo

Aug 22, 2011
Evolution of a front yard: from Bradford pear to timber bamboo

When we bought our house in 1997, the front yard was “graced” by two Bradford pear trees (Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’). Once considered a near-perfect street tree—it grows fast, it’s hardy, tough and drought tolerant, and it has pretty whit...

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Bamboo and More
Scented weed-and-feed? Really? Really!

Aug 21, 2011
Scented weed-and-feed? Really? Really!

I try my best to keep this blog upbeat and positive, but today I’ve got to rant a little. This morning I proceeded to apply weed-and-feed to the lawn in our front yard because it’s infested with oxalis, dandelion, and crabcrass. We hadn’t fertil...

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Bamboo and More
Bamboo stock tank update

Aug 20, 2011
Bamboo stock tank update

I love to write about my gardening successes, but I think it’s equally important—although much less fun—to write about things that haven’t gone so well. Since very little grows under the four mature bay trees in our backyard, we decided last De...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Tomato doings in Loomis and around the region

Seeds: Tomato doings in Loomis and around the region

What would August be without tomatoes? Owen Brewer Bee file

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Bamboo and More
Tree trimming lets in the sun—too much of it!

Aug 19, 2011
Tree trimming lets in the sun—too much of it!

Our small backyard is dominated by four sweet bay trees (Laurus nobilis), which over the course of 20 years have grown to 35+ ft. Luckily, their horizontal spread is rather limited compared to what would have been the case with, say, a sycamore or an o...

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Jenn's Cooking Garden
Wordless Wednesday Sunflower Fun!

Aug 17, 2011
Wordless Wednesday Sunflower Fun!


Bamboo and More
Queen of the Night cactus goes out with a bang

Aug 17, 2011
Queen of the Night cactus goes out with a bang

The big news this week has been the flowering of our Queen of the night cactus (Cereus hildmannianus subsp.hildmannianus). On Monday, the first of four blossoms opened up. See this post for photos. Last night, the remaining three blossoms unfurled, p...

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Read Between the Limes
Read Between the Limes 2011-08-17 16:52:00

Read Between the Limes 2011-08-17 16:52:00

I love when I find a plant or bulb resource that just blows my mind. Schreiner's Iris Gardens in Oregon is my new infatuation, and as you can tell by their packaging- they have plant lovers in mind! After we returned from a trip to Yosemite a couple w...

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