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The Natomas Farm
…….this ain’t no bone Farmer Deno

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Aug 23, 2014
…….this ain’t no bone Farmer Deno

Lucky turns her head away from the given gift of watermelon while Number Four is giving off an low guttural sound of hostility. I'll sleep with my door closed tonight.Talking about watermelons.....after the harvest several weeks ago....I decided to j...

The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Trees need extra TLC during drought

Walk down almost any residential street in Sacramento and you’ll see the cumulative effects of this dry, dry year. Often in the middle of a brown lawn stands a very sad, droopy tree.

Once drought restrictions are lifted, the lawn can be renewed or replaced in a matter of weeks. But...

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Bamboo and More
Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ about to flower

Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ about to flower

One of the major surprises of this summer is this Mangave ‘Bloodspot’:

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It’s about to flower!

I’m not quite sure whether to be excited or sad. Most agaves die after flowering while manfredas flower every year without dying. ‘Bloodspot’...

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KimberlyMichelle
a farmer and her dog

a farmer and her dog

A few weeks ago, Farmer L got impatient with her sprouts in the garden and decided to pull up her first carrot of the season. She proudly came in the house and showed it off to everyone and agreed to a photo-op with her crop. It was then quickly hijacked by Lincoln, the epic...

The Natomas Farm
….caught off guard at the stand

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Aug 20, 2014
….caught off guard at the stand

  There were questions from family and friends about the fruit stand that Farmer Deno was creating.....I was sort of questioning it too.....but that always comes with new projects. The nightclubs and the construction businesses that I created...al...

Bamboo and More
#GBFling14: Joy Creek Nursery, Scappoose, OR

#GBFling14: Joy Creek Nursery, Scappoose, OR

Joy Creek Nursery, located outside the small town of Scappoose about 20 miles to the north of Portland, Oregon, is the kind of the nursery you dream about. Every plant looks pristine—better than it ever would in your own garden.

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The Farmer Fred Rant
Oak Galls, Bouncy Offspring Return in 2014

Oak Galls, Bouncy Offspring Return in 2014


Dear Farmer Fred,

"Can you identify the pink and little brown balls growing now on our oak tree? I don't remember seeing these before.
Is it some kind of parasite? If so, what should we do? Thank you. We enjoy your weekly show very much." Margaret of...

Bamboo and More
#GBFling14: Portland Japanese Garden

#GBFling14: Portland Japanese Garden

One of the gardens we visited during the recent Garden Bloggers Fling was the Portland Japanese Garden, surely one of the most spectacular public gardens in the country. I’d visited it twice before (see “Related Posts” at the bottom of the page) and knew what to expect. However, this is such...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Preserve that produce on

Got too many tomatoes? Cucumbers piling up? Overloaded with peaches? It’s time to can it – and we know some folks willing to help.

Today is International Can-It-Forward Day, a celebration of harvest preservation. This self-proclaimed holiday is the brain child of Jarden Home Brands, the makers of Ball brand...

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Bamboo and More
The mysterious case of the prickly palo verde

The mysterious case of the prickly palo verde

My infatuation with the three palo verde trees in front of our house continues unabated. I love running my hands through the soft, delicate foliage.

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I did just a few days ago with the ‘Desert Museum’ palo verde (Parkinsonia...

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