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The Natomas Farm
…….the future of figs

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Aug 14, 2015
…….the future of figs

A few years back.....here at the farm....I planted a handful of Black Mission Figs. Sometimes I wish that we were strictly a fig farm...for it is so easy to grow and to harvest....figs. What is even better....for the last two years....our entire crop h...

The Natomas Farm
……their chicken paws reached the gas pedal?

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Aug 14, 2015
……their chicken paws reached the gas pedal?

 Well...the darn chickens went out this morning and rented a U Haul truck.....and they are moving into the new chicken coop this very second. I have just one question about all this: how in the hell did they get their chicken paws to reach the ...

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Independent Sacramento nursery succulent selection

Independent Sacramento nursery succulent selection

Last week I reported that the succulent selection at the big box garden centers in the Sacramento area has gotten much better than it used to be. I had some time on the weekend so I decided to see what Green Acres, an independent nursery with four Sacramento area...

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De-pupping an Agave ‘Cream Spike’

De-pupping an Agave ‘Cream Spike’

Is there a better recipe for lifting yourself out of the summer doldrums than buying a plant? I don’t think so. Here’s my weekend purchase:

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Agave applanata ‘Cream Spike’

This beauty is the largest Agave ‘Cream Spike’ I’ve ever seen for...

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Succulent close-ups at home

Succulent close-ups at home

Lately I’ve been focused too much on the ugly side of summer. But when you ignore the dried up plants and the brown grass and look closer, there’s plenty of beauty to be found. To see what I mean, check out these succulent close-ups I took around the garden in the past week.

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The Natomas Farm
….the fruitstand was a success

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Aug 9, 2015
….the fruitstand was a success

Was?What am I talking about? Was? It's only August and we are closing the stand down for the summer session in a week or two?The great news is this: everyone loved our selection of unique produce that we grew on our 8 acre farm. Eleven types of melons....

The Natomas Farm
……….Happy hens, happy farmer

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Aug 9, 2015
……….Happy hens, happy farmer

We are getting time to build a new chicken coop for the next 100 residents. Happy hens, happy farmer. This is the first of two being built. We are expanding our egg production 3x due to the demand. Happy farmer, happy clients. The coops are housing ...

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Big box garden centers adapt to the drought in California

Big box garden centers adapt to the drought in California

I have a conflicted relationship with the big box home improvement chains (Home Depot, Lowe’s, Orchard Supply Hardware, etc.). On the one hand, I appreciate the one-stop shopping and huge range of products they offer, on the other hand I lament how they have all but eliminated the small, independent hardware stores that...

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Our ponytail palm is blooming for the first time

Our ponytail palm is blooming for the first time

In yesterday’s post, “Cutting down the Agave desmettiana flower stalk,” you might have noticed that one of the ponytail palms (Beaucarnea recurvata) next to our Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’ is in bloom as well. There are actually three of them. For all intents and purposes their caudexes are fused together now; originally...

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Cutting down the Agave desmettiana flower stalk

Cutting down the Agave desmettiana flower stalk

The flowering Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’ near our front door has made frequent appearances on this blog (1 2 3 and others). I was going to wait until the fall before removing the bulbil-laden flower stalk, but unfortunately it was leaning so much that getting to the front door...

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