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Let Us Plant Lettuce

Let Us Plant Lettuce

Lettuce Starter PlantsOh boy...Somewhere, Henny Youngman just groaned. Loudly. The king of the puns and one liners -- Henny's "take my wife, please" jokes had late night king Johnny Carson guffawing loudly on more than one occasion. You knew it was goi...

The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Harvesting acorns for a future urban forest

So many different species of oaks inhabit our urban forest, finding pure-bred acorns can be difficult. That’s one of the complications that face Sacramento acorn harvesters.

“We don’t want to plant all sorts of interesting hybrids,” said restoration ecologist Zarah Wyly, who leads the Sacramento Tree Foundation’s annual acorn...

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The Natomas Farm
……those bad little birds

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Oct 3, 2014
……those bad little birds

  My prior postings about the chicken coop issues were all about the squirrels taking over the joint.....rats and a few snakes...and to give credit to the group of cannibalistic chickens is in order....all involved in taking the egg count to zero....

Bamboo and More
Front yard desert bed—September 2014 update

Front yard desert bed—September 2014 update

This post continues the coverage of our front yard desert garden project.

At this year’s Succulent Extravaganza, Brian Kemble, the curator of the Ruth Bancroft Garden and one of the country’s preeminent succulent experts, continued his tradition of leading folks on a walking tour of...

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Bamboo and More
I didn’t think it would get this big

I didn’t think it would get this big

I didn’t think it would get this big.

How often do we say that?

I certainly say it frequently enough that by now people might be wondering how somebody who pretends to be reasonably smart can be so dumb.

Case in point: Last October I bought a small agave-leaf sea holly (Eryngium...

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The Natomas Farm
….. we came, we saw, we conquered.

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Sep 27, 2014
….. we came, we saw, we conquered.

This battle out there at The Natomas Farm for the tasty young crops is nearly won. We have managed to take out 70% of Farmer Deno's newly planted starter plants. He has tried in vain to repel our advancing army.Our adversary is using liquid soap sprays...

The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Find inspiration for fall gardening at these events

It’s a Sacramento axiom as old as our valley oaks: Fall is for planting.

To beginning gardeners, this seems counter-intuitive. (Isn’t nature getting ready for its long winter’s nap?) But warm autumn weather creates ideal conditions for strong root development, and a healthy start for new transplants.

So,...

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Bamboo and More
2014 Succulents Extravaganza teaser

2014 Succulents Extravaganza teaser

I’m at Succulent Gardens in Castroville, CA for the 2014 Succulent Extravaganza. This is the fourth time succulent lovers from far and wide have gathered here to tour this extraordinary nursery, listen to presentations by renowned experts, and, of course, shop Succulent Gardens’ immense selection of succulents.

Here are...

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Bamboo and More
Agave and aloe sale at Arid Lands mail order nursery

Agave and aloe sale at Arid Lands mail order nursery

Piece of Eden, one my favorite gardening blogs, recently mentioned that Arid Lands Greenhouses in Tucson, AZ is having an agave and aloe sale through the end of September. All agave and aloe species listed in their online catalog are 20% off until the end of...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
A Harvest Like You

A Harvest Like You

Flavor Finale Pluots-Bird Back 40I've been waiting for this moment to be brutally honest. I've been waiting for a harvest like you. Because the planting and growing of fruit trees is an exercise in patience. You are not going to be rewarded with a boun...

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