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Seeds: Gardeners sing the tomato blues

Seeds: Gardeners sing the tomato blues

I admit I have tomato envy, and I'm not alone. It's mid-July and all I want to see is red. Peter Frichette, a master tomato grower, says this looks like another slow summer. He's picked only a few Early Girls. Autumn Cruz Bee file, 2009

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Geno's Garden
Gardening with Kids

Jul 16, 2011

Kids in the garden are all different: some will like the bugs, some will ooh and aah over the flowers, some want to run the paths. (All would probably like to ride on a tractor!!!)   My mom was a dance teacher, my dad was a backyard farmer. Guess wha...

Bamboo and More
Tradewinds: One of the premier bamboo nurseries on the West Coast

Jul 16, 2011
Tradewinds: One of the premier bamboo nurseries on the West Coast

Vacationing in Brookings on the Southern Oregon coast, I finally got a chance to visit Tradewinds Bamboo Nursery located 20 miles up the road in Gold Beach. Started in 1993 on a hilly 2½ acre property just south of town by Gib Cooper and his wife Dian...

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Bamboo and More
Visit to Tradewinds Bamboo Nursery, Gold Beach, OR

Jul 16, 2011
Visit to Tradewinds Bamboo Nursery, Gold Beach, OR

Vacationing in Brookings on the Southern Oregon coast, I finally got a chance to visit Tradewinds Bamboo Nursery located 20 miles up the road in Gold Beach. Started in 1993 on a hilly 2½ acre property just south of town by Gib Cooper and his wife Dian...

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Bamboo and More
Surprise at the parking lot of Azalea Park in Brookings

Jul 15, 2011
Surprise at the parking lot of Azalea Park in Brookings

The Southern Oregon coast is home to five native azalea species, now protected at Azalea Park in Brookings. Together with native rhododendrons, whose habitat stretches south into the northernmost tip of California, they provide a spectacle of color in ...

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Read Between the Limes
In awe of the Alice Keck Memorial Garden in Santa Barbara

In awe of the Alice Keck Memorial Garden in Santa Barbara

On a recent trip to Santa Barbara Botanic Garden I got this book called Alice's Garden, by Anne-Marie Castleberg. It's about the Alice Keck Memorial Garden in Santa Barbara, which I had yet to visit. With 30 minutes to spare before our dinner plans, I...

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Postcards from the Southern Oregon coast

Jul 14, 2011
Postcards from the Southern Oregon coast

Our family vacation this year took us to the southern Oregon coast where we rented an isolated log cabin with an ocean view. No TV, no Internet, no telephone—not even cell phone reception. It felt weird at first being so disconnected from the outside...

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The Sacramento Bee
No doubt, Thomas family competes at State Fair racing

No doubt, Thomas family competes at State Fair racing

On the Cal Expo backstretch, today's start of the annual State Fair horse racing meet feels like a family reunion. Assistant trainer Jim Petties nuzzles Bar JF Hot Ticket, the world's fastest mule, which is trained by Ray Thomas. Thomas' wife and ...

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The Sacramento Bee
Horse sense: Making their picks at the races

Bee staff writers and horse players Debbie Arrington and Steve Pajak are renewing their head-to-head bankroll battle during the State Fair. Each starts with a hypothetical $500 for the nine racing days.

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Bamboo and More
Mount Shasta Lavender Farm is a must-see destination

Jul 14, 2011
Mount Shasta Lavender Farm is a must-see destination

One of the most spectacular summer attractions in far Northern California has got to be Mount Shasta Lavender Farms. It’s open only in June and July to coincide with the lavender bloom, but if you happen to be in the Mount Shasta area during that tim...

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