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Elderberries: Plump, juicy and mouthwateringly tart

Jul 28, 2011
Elderberries: Plump, juicy and mouthwateringly tart

Earlier in the month, I blogged about the blue elderberry bushes (Sambucus cerulea) growing near our house (click here to read that post). At that time they were just starting to ripen. Now they are at their peak. These elderberries ripen in waves so ...

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Read Between the Limes
2nd Annual Sacramento Tomatofest July 30th

2nd Annual Sacramento Tomatofest July 30th

This has been a HORRIBLE year for tomatoes for the Sacramento area- but it's time to come together and celebrate our favorite fruit! They don't call us SacraTomato for nothing! July 30th is the 2nd Annual Sacramento Tomatofest at Town & Country Vi...

Brown Thumb Mama
Why Didn’t I Think of That? Wednesday

Jul 27, 2011

Each Wednesday I'll share a tip to make your week go more smoothly or just make you say "aha!" This tip takes some nerve, but it just might do the trick. Let me know if you try this and it works for you. If you're flying to your vacation spot, you kn...

Jenn's Cooking Garden
Recipe: Easy mango serrano sauce

Jul 27, 2011
Recipe: Easy mango serrano sauce

 Mango's!!!One of my favorite summertime fruits! Actually one of my favorite anytime fruits. The Farmers market has loads of Mango's right now. I have been finding great prices. Last year I made Mango salsa and loved it. I wanted to try and m...

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Bamboo and More
Planting a new bamboo using a backhoe

Jul 27, 2011
Planting a new bamboo using a backhoe

During a recent visit to Tradewinds Bamboo Nursery in Gold Beach, Oregon (on the web at www.bamboodirect.com) I bought a Chusquea culeou ‘Roja,’ a special form of this South American clumping bamboo that Tradewinds owner Gib Cooper found in batch o...

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Ag and Culture
Problem with Star Thistle? Not If You Have Sheep!

Jul 26, 2011
Problem with Star Thistle? Not If You Have Sheep!

...and I still think it's a lousy way to spend a summer morning. But did you know that if accustomed to it and given little other options, sheep eat star thistle for breakfast, lunch and dinner this time of year?!  The seed heads are high in prote...

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Bamboo Geek
Giving my bamboo plant a ‘haircut…

Giving my bamboo plant a ‘haircut…

I have a very beautiful and mature Bambusa multiplex riviereorum 'Chinese Goddess' planted in my front yard. 'Chinese Goddess' is a short (5-6 foot), full sun clumping bamboo with tiny leaves and a graceful weeping habit.  This 'Chinese Godde...

Bamboo and More
Taming Alphonse Karr bamboo

Jul 26, 2011
Taming Alphonse Karr bamboo

Alphonse Karr (Bambusa multiplex ‘Alphonse Karr’) is one of the most carefree and beautiful clumping bamboos for milder climates (zone 8 and up). As people are realizing they can enjoy the beauty of bamboo even in a small yard without having to dea...

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Blue Thumb
Green Gardeners, Blue Thumbs And “Black Thumbs”

Jul 25, 2011

Writing this blog is a great learning experience— seeing what people want to know, but do not know about water-efficient gardens, irrigation systems, and water conservation in general. We get interesting questions from gardeners of all levels and are...

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Sweetstuff's Sassy Succulents
Happy Cactus Monday…..Cactus gift!

Happy Cactus Monday…..Cactus gift!

Isn't this the cutest thing! I got this cute little cactus bell (yes it's a bell) from one of my sons friends Chris. My son Jordan is 24 and still lives at home. He should be going back to college this fall. He already has an AA in Applied...

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