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Seeds: Native lilacs in UC Davis’ New Front Yard series

Seeds: Native lilacs in UC Davis’ New Front Yard series


California native lilacs come in several colors. This is the Marie Simon ceanothus hybrid in the UC Davis Arboretum.

Ellen Zagory sees examples every day; city gardeners are embracing the concept of the “New Front Yard.”

“Reducing water use doesn’t mean brown and dry,”...

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Sacramento Connect
How to grow a straw garden: innovative system produces four seasons of vegetables

How to grow a straw garden: innovative system produces four seasons of vegetables


Bamboo and More
California poppies and claret cup cactus

California poppies and claret cup cactus

One of the cheeriest sight in the front yard right now is this 22-inch terracotta bowl. The California poppy you see in these photos is a volunteer that arrived on the wind and decided to stay. I couldn’t have planned it better myself.

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Sierra FoodWineArt Magazine
Sixth annual planting of White House Kitchen Garden

Sixth annual planting of White House Kitchen Garden

For the sixth year, fruits and vegetables were planted in the White House Kitchen Garden. This year, it also will be a pollinating garden, with a flower section designed to attract bees and butterflies. “Make sure all of them get a little water,” First Lady Michelle Obama said while kneeling alongside students from several D.C....

Bamboo and More
Gardening: drought-weary plants are loving the spring raine

Gardening: drought-weary plants are loving the spring raine

I’ve talked several times about the extremely dry winter of 2013/2014 (1 2 3). While the specter of a drought hasn’t disappeared, the rains we’ve had in the last week have helped a little. If nothing else, they’ve given our gardens a thorough soaking and have jumpstarted the...

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Sweetstuff's Sassy Succulents
San Francisco Flower & Garden Show 2014 retail area

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show 2014 retail area

It's been over a week since the show and it is really great looking over the photos and remembering the great time I had.  The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show was from March 19-23rd at the San Mateo Event Center.  There was so much for...

Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Gardening: Raised bed for fruit trees can do double-duty as strawberry patch

Gardening: Raised bed for fruit trees can do double-duty as strawberry patch

Emerging Strawberries-Bird Back 40And you thought Chicken soup was the only good thing for the soul? Guess again. Strawberries -- especially home grown berries -- are pretty darn good for the soul as well. I should know -- since fresh berry patches gra...

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The Sacramento Bee
Sacbee garden: Straw bales get expanded into new garden bed

Mar 29, 2014
Sacbee garden: Straw bales get expanded into new garden bed

Tom and Karen Sellers of Sacramento are back at straw-bale gardening. This season, they’re expanding their backyard raised bed from a “U” to a “W” with the addition of more bales. “Here are the old and new bales, illustrating about 10 months of the old ones doing their garden thing and turning to compost,”...

Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Can’t You Just Taste That???

Can’t You Just Taste That???

Table Grape Cluster-Thompson VineI know I can! Know what that is pictured to the right peeps? That, my friends, is a cluster. Not just any cluster mind you. And not the kind of cluster that Gunny Highway (Clint Eastwood) popularized in "Heartbreak Ridg...

The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Heirloom fruit has bonus beyond taste

Seeds: Heirloom fruit has bonus beyond taste


These heirloom pears are among the scores of varieties organic farmer Amigo Bob Cantisano is trying to reintroduce to California growers. Doyenné Robin pears trace back to 1840 and are described as “meltingly sweet and juicy.”

There’s a reason heirloom crops have lasted a hundred years or more.

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