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The Natomas Farm
……about your wolf peaches (and ours).

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Feb 11, 2015
……about your wolf peaches (and ours).

First, don’t even think about planting tomatoes outside until the soil is dependably warm and all danger of frost is past. Once the soil is warm.....55 to 60 degrees.......you can safely put out summer vegetables like wolf peaches, corn, beans, squash, eggplant, melons, peppers and cucumbers.

Bury tomatoes up to...

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Agaves at the Desert Botanical Garden (M—Z)

Agaves at the Desert Botanical Garden (M—Z)

Click here to go to part one of this post: agave species A—L.

AGAVE MACROACANTHA

Native to: Central Mexico (Oaxaca, Puebla)

Hardy to: 25°F

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The Natomas Farm
……oink oink, we love this vacationland

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Feb 9, 2015
……oink oink, we love this vacationland

  Having well over a hundred chickens and two pot belly piggies in the same yard ......is simply an insane idea. I know.....it has done here for five years until a few weeks ago.I want you to imagine what happens to128 chickens that are incredibly...

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Agaves at the Desert Botanical Garden (A—L)

Agaves at the Desert Botanical Garden (A—L)

The Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) in Phoenix, Arizona has one of the most diverse public collections of cacti and agaves anywhere in the world. In May 2010, its Cactacaea and Agavacea collections received formal recognition from the North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) as National Collections. The Cactacaea collection at the DBG has...

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The Natomas Farm
….the show starts shortly

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Feb 5, 2015
….the show starts shortly

So I am late getting this post out...and I do  have a great excuse beside that "my dog ate my homework" explanation. Farmer Deno has been preparing several acres of land for one of our newest arrivals.......Elephant Heart Plums. For several days.....

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Leucadendron baby steps in my garden

Leucadendron baby steps in my garden

It’s no secret that I love plants from the southern hemisphere—from Australia and New Zealand to Chile and Argentina to South Africa. In fact, one of my favorite plant groups are the Proteaceae. This family includes everything from proteas, banksias and grevilleas to leucospermums and leucadendrons.

Speaking of leucadendrons:...

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My flowering agave is leaking

My flowering agave is leaking

Leakage is rarely—if ever—a good thing. But that’s exactly what the Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’ next to the front door is doing. It sent up an impressive flower spike in the fall and is putting all its energy into flowering.

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In the...

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Weekend outing to the Dry Creek Valley wine country

Weekend outing to the Dry Creek Valley wine country

California has many different wine-growing regions. Napa Valley may be the most famous, but depending on your personal preferences, there are regions that make better wine than Napa. I happen to love zinfandel, and Dry Creek Valley in western Sonoma County makes some of the best.

On Saturday I...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Conversation With a Young Man

Conversation With a Young Man

Variegated Pink Lemon-Bird Back 40Come here young man. Let's plant a lemon bush before the start of the Super Bowl shall we? This just isn't any lemon bush by the way. This is called the Variegated Pink Lemon. And someday it will yield lemons that will...

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Aloes in bloom at the University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley

Aloes in bloom at the University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to check up on the aloes at the University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley (UCBG). While it doesn’t have a particularly large aloe collection—certainly nothing that gets close to the Huntington—it’s a beautiful place to visit at any time of year, but particularly this...

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