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Veggies won’t grow? Ask master gardeners for help

Why won't your veggies grow? What's that bug (and is it good or bad)? How do I get bigger tomatoes? On Saturday morning, UC masters gardeners will be out in force and ready to answer all sorts of garden-related questions during Open Garden Day at the ...

Bamboo and More
Blooming canna = summer is here

Jun 14, 2012
Blooming canna = summer is here

Like so many tropical plants, cannas love the heat. They take their sweet time during the cooler weather of spring, but as the thermometer starts to climb in May and June, they kick into high gear.   I’ve been keeping a close eye on this c...

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Bamboo and More
Cycad flush

Jun 12, 2012
Cycad flush

I’m fond of many plants. Yes, there are the eponymous bamboos and succulents. But there are so many others. One plant group I’ve taken a particular liking to lately are the cycads. These exotic plants that hark back to the age of the dinosaurs lend...

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Bamboo and More
Rock mulch for succulent bed

Jun 10, 2012
Rock mulch for succulent bed

When we built the large mounded succulent bed by the front door, we fully intended to top-dress it with rocks. It certainly would have been easy to do in the spring of 2009: Front yard succulent bed in April 2009 However, thanks to inertia and ind...

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Brown Thumb Mama
What I’m Reading

Jun 10, 2012

A couple of years ago, we were chatting about our latest reads at Girls’ Night Dinner. LeeAnne and Kelly were reading A New Earth, Kim was finishing The Kite Runner, and Stephanie was reading I Know This Much is True. The conversation was lively an...

The Sacramento Bee
Union Rags edges Paynter in Belmont

Union Rags edges Paynter in Belmont

Mike Groll Associated Press I'll Have Another did not run Saturday, but the presence of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner was evident. ELMONT, N.Y. – For months, trainer Michael Matz thought he had a potential Triple Crown winne...

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Blue Thumb
“CASH-FOR-GRASS” AND DEVELOPING A PROJECT PLAN

Jun 9, 2012

“CASH-FOR-GRASS” PROGRAM AND DEVELOPING A PLAN FOR OUR PROJECT Bergeron Landscape Plan  “CASH-FOR-GRASS” PROGRAM AND DEVELOPING A PLAN FOR OUR PROJECT Last month, we discussed the outline of our project and what steps we needed to take and wha...

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Bamboo and More
Next wave of cactus blooms

Jun 9, 2012
Next wave of cactus blooms

I know I’m becoming a bit repetitive, but this is the season for cactus blooms. It’s short enough, so please bear with me as I obsessively photograph these ephemeral flowers. Many other plants have beautiful inflorescences, but seeing such delicate...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Add home-grown melons to list of must-haves

Seeds: Add home-grown melons to list of must-haves

Creme de la Creme is a fast-maturing hybrid from Burpee that combines traits of honeydew and muskmelon.Mark Kane appreciates a good melon. It's not just the taste (a tantalizing mixture of flavors as complex as wine) or the texture (a silken ...

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Read Between the Limes
Garden2Blog 2012 with P. Allen Smith & Friends

Garden2Blog 2012 with P. Allen Smith & Friends

April was a blur for me as I spent most of it sick, then May was spent catching up on the garden chores that I neglected in April, with some excitement sprinkled in here and there. After spending three weeks sick as a dog, I was whisked to Little Roc...

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