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#100HappyDays: A trip to the nursery

#100HappyDays: A trip to the nursery

Today's happiness high point? A visit to the nursery for mosquito-repellent plants (citrus geranium and catmint) and compost, ahem. I spent an hour this afternoon making "diaper dirt" (more on that soon) and planting a few seedlings. Feels so good to b...

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The Blue Muse
The quest for ‘black gold’ ends in composting failure

The quest for ‘black gold’ ends in composting failure

Six months ago, I expected to write an exultant post about my cultivation of the gardener's best friend: black gold, aka compost, aka properly rotted organic material.I bought a cute little kitchen compost pail for daily collection of veggie scraps, an...

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Oak Park Party Highlights Urban Agriculture

Apr 7, 2014
Oak Park Party Highlights Urban Agriculture

On Sunday March 30th, The Yisrael Family Farm partnered with Ubuntu Green to throw a party at Jack Davis Park on 43rd St and 16th ...

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The Blue Muse
#100HappyDays: If loving a wheelbarrow is wrong…

#100HappyDays: If loving a wheelbarrow is wrong…

We picked up this wheelbarrow at Costco for $20 less than the local home improvement stores. Woot.Sometimes, it's the little things in life. Sometimes it's big steel buckets. Today's happy, happy, joy, joy moment? The acquisition of a shiny new wheelba...

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All Squared Up
Attack of the Weird Dog Vomit Mold

Attack of the Weird Dog Vomit Mold

That title needs a bit of clarification. This is not a post about vomit from a weird dog. It is about mold that looks like dog vomit. It is weird. And it attacked me.This has been a very odd winter for California. It rained early. Then it didn't rain a...

Bamboo and More
Photos of California’s beautiful spring: Green hills and California poppy meadow

Photos of California’s beautiful spring: Green hills and California poppy meadow

A friend was visiting this weekend and we decided to take a drive to Lake Berryessa, about 45 minutes west of here. The route is very scenic, especially in the spring. Thanks to the series of rain storms we had in recent weeks, the hills were as green as I had expected....

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Are They Tuff Enuff?

Are They Tuff Enuff?


Vegetable Plant Starters-Bird Back 40
Texas-based Blues Rock and Rockabilly band The FabulousThunderbirds posed this question to the rest of America with their first and only Top 40 hit, and it's the same question the Birds are now posing to our 2014 summer vegetable crop. At...

The Sacramento Bee
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


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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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