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Pruning Tomatoes: Don’t You Have Anything Better To Do?

Pruning Tomatoes: Don’t You Have Anything Better To Do?





Once again, two tomato care questions have reappeared here: "Should I prune off  (snip off, pinch out) the first tomato flowers that appear, in order to get more tomatoes later?" And, "Do I need to prune my tomato plants?"

Those early tomato flowers, especially if the...

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Green Acres in Elk Grove: the newest nursery in the Sacramento area

Green Acres in Elk Grove: the newest nursery in the Sacramento area

While the Sacramento metro area is home to 2.2 million people (#26 in the nation for population), the opening of a new nursery is not a common event. In fact, the trend over the last 10 years has been going in the other direction, with several cherished nurseries closing during the

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I Got to Go to GROW

I Got to Go to GROW

Now say that title 5 times fast.  LOL  Just messing with you.I have been waiting and waiting to visit this cool nursery.  I finally got my chance the beginning of this month while on vacation to the Morro Bay area.  I was giddy with...

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Fence-top cactus flowers

Fence-top cactus flowers

I keep any number of potted succulents on top of the 4-foot fence that separates our front yard into a “public” planting strip adjacent to the sidewalk and a “private” garden with a small lawn and more planting beds. Nothing has ever been stolen, and the only time something fell off was during...

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Spring at the Ruth Bancroft Garden

Spring at the Ruth Bancroft Garden

After I’d done all the damage I could at the Ruth Bancroft Garden’s spring plant sale last Saturday, I took a leisurely stroll through the garden. I’ve been here so many times, I’m always afraid of running out of things to photograph. Fortunately, the garden continues to evolve and I always...

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Ruth Bancroft Garden 2015 spring plant sale: bigger, better, and longer

Ruth Bancroft Garden 2015 spring plant sale: bigger, better, and longer

Yesterday (April 11, 2015) was the 2015 spring plant sale at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA. Or, to be more correct, it was the start of the spring plant sale. For the first time, the plant sale will run for six days. If you weren’t able to make...

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San Francisco Flower & Garden Show 2015 part 1

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show 2015 part 1

A lot of things have been going on lately here at Sweetstuff's.  Things are coming out of hibernation and so am I.  Except I am awaiting another back and neck ablation.  Then in 4 weeks I will be roaring for digging and major planting! &...

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Bamboos at the San Diego Botanic Garden

Bamboos at the San Diego Botanic Garden

The San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) has the largest public bamboo collection in the United States, comprising 121 taxa from Asia, South Africa and even Africa. In January 2014, it received accreditation by the North American Plant Collections Consortium as a National Collection.

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Quick tour of the San Diego Botanic Garden

Quick tour of the San Diego Botanic Garden

At 37 acres, the San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) isn’t immense but it still takes time to explore the 30+ distinct gardens that are accessible via four miles of trails. Since we only had half a day, we had to prioritize and ended up skipping the areas that weren’t that compelling to...

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Sunshine Gardens, Encinitas, CA

Apr 8, 2015
Sunshine Gardens, Encinitas, CA

Since our recent trip to Southern California was primarily a family vacation, I stopped at only two nurseries. I’ve already blogged about the first one, Seaside Gardens located in the Santa Barbara area. The second one was called Sunshine Gardens—with such similar names, I constantly keep getting them mixed...

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