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Southwest, here I come!

Southwest, here I come!

I’ve been waiting for a long time but now it’s finally here: summer vacation. In the morning we’re leaving for a road trip to the Southwest (northern Arizona, New Mexico, a corner of Colorado and parts of Utah). Monument Valley, AZ by Gerd A...

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Bamboo and More
Look what I got

Look what I got

Last December my mother-in-law got me several cuttings from a toad cactus (Orbea variegata) which at the time was in full bloom at a neighbor’s house. Orbea variegata is not a cactus at all but rather a member of the stapeliad family, the carrion f...

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Star of the Garden

Jul 23, 2012
Star of the Garden

How is it that my zucchini plant is growing a zucchini a day?  Each morning I go out to inspect the garden, and pick a zucchini, thinking I won't need to pick another for a few days.  And the next day, I do just the same thing!  And don'...

Blue Thumb
It’s not how much or how long you should water, but how well you water

Jul 22, 2012

Have you met Don Smith, the City of Folsom’s Water Management Coordinator? I wish I could clone him because we need more Don Smiths in this wonderful world of water. He can explain how to use water efficiently in our … Continue reading →

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Bamboo and More
Mount Shasta Lavender Farm revisited

Mount Shasta Lavender Farm revisited

The most spectacular place I visited last summer was Mount Shasta Lavender Farm. Its extensive fields of lavender nestled against a hillside in the high desert north of Weed are possibly the most stunning sight in the North State. Click here to read la...

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Bamboo and More
UC Davis Arboretum in mid-summer

UC Davis Arboretum in mid-summer

My last two posts were downers, dealing with tree suckers and pests. Today’s post is on the lighter side. I took advantage of yet another cloudy morning (two of them this week!) and snuck away to the UC Davis Arboretum to take a quick look at what’...

The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Toytopia 2.0 fun for all ages at State Fair

Seeds: Toytopia 2.0 fun for all ages at State Fair

Fairgoers take advantage of the fun offered at Toytopia 2.0, an exhibit at the California State Fair.Everybody has a toy story. Most of us have plenty of old toys to go with those memories, too. "They're our most cherished possessions," said...

Bamboo and More
Gardening challenges: Of mealy bugs and powdery mildew

Gardening challenges: Of mealy bugs and powdery mildew

Once upon a time, I had a comely cactus… Mammillaria bocensis right after I got it from IKEA of all places …and a lovely leafy plant. Bloody dock (Rumex sanguineus) Both were the picture of health. Then came the evil forces in white....

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Brown Thumb Mama
Recipe: Crock Pot spaghetti sauce

Jul 19, 2012
Recipe: Crock Pot spaghetti sauce

  Inspired by Make the Bread, Buy the Butter and adapted from Good Cheap Eats.  There are several reasons to make your own spaghetti sauce: You want all the ingredients to be pronounceable To avoid added sugar (No, really! Check the label....

Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Battle Sacramento

Battle Sacramento

Ripening Fantasy Seedless Table GrapeIt will never be quite as exciting as "Battle Los Angeles" but my own personal battle against invaders from the sky is now on in the Bird Back 40. It never once occurred to me that planting a row or two of table gra...

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