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Seeds: Find inspiration for fall gardening at these events

It’s a Sacramento axiom as old as our valley oaks: Fall is for planting.

To beginning gardeners, this seems counter-intuitive. (Isn’t nature getting ready for its long winter’s nap?) But warm autumn weather creates ideal conditions for strong root development, and a healthy start for new transplants.

So,...

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Bamboo and More
2014 Succulents Extravaganza teaser

2014 Succulents Extravaganza teaser

I’m at Succulent Gardens in Castroville, CA for the 2014 Succulent Extravaganza. This is the fourth time succulent lovers from far and wide have gathered here to tour this extraordinary nursery, listen to presentations by renowned experts, and, of course, shop Succulent Gardens’ immense selection of succulents.

Here are...

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Agave and aloe sale at Arid Lands mail order nursery

Agave and aloe sale at Arid Lands mail order nursery

Piece of Eden, one my favorite gardening blogs, recently mentioned that Arid Lands Greenhouses in Tucson, AZ is having an agave and aloe sale through the end of September. All agave and aloe species listed in their online catalog are 20% off until the end of...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
A Harvest Like You

A Harvest Like You

Flavor Finale Pluots-Bird Back 40I've been waiting for this moment to be brutally honest. I've been waiting for a harvest like you. Because the planting and growing of fruit trees is an exercise in patience. You are not going to be rewarded with a boun...

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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, part 3

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, part 3

In part 1 of my 3-part series on the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (MCBG) I showed you the entrance plantings and the nursery. Part 2 was dedicated to the Perennial Garden. Part 3 covers the Heath and Heather Collection as well the Succulent/Mediterranean Garden.

I must admit that...

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Bamboo and More
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, part 2

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, part 2

In part 1 of this 3-part series on the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (MCBG) I showed you the entrance plantings and the nursery. In this post we’ll take a look at the Perennial Garden in the large meadow just down the steps from the entry plaza. (In the next photo,...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Brothers and sisters, it is time to save your soil

Plants (and people) aren’t the only ones suffering through this epic drought. Our soil has taken a huge hit, too.

“Our soils are scorched,” said Gisele Schoniger of Kellogg Garden Products. “They need replenishment more than fertilizer.”

Early fall is an ideal time to give our soil...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
The Big Tomato Payoff

The Big Tomato Payoff

Heirloom Tomatoes-Bird Back 40Break it Down! Stop! Tomato Time!Is your garden like mine? Heirloom tomatoes coming out of your ears? It is that time of year for us heirloom aficionados. Long after the hybrids have played out and stopped producing, the h...

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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, part 1

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, part 1

In my last post I showed you the impressive gardens of the Surf Motel in Fort Bragg, CA. Just a few miles south on Highway 1 is another very special place I didn’t even know existed: the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (MCBG). I have been up and down...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Time for Some Shameless Self-Promotion

Time for Some Shameless Self-Promotion

Sacramento MagazineI suppose a little promotion every once in a great while is a good thing, right? Tooting your own horn, so to speak? Blow a little smoke? Pat myself on the back? Bluster? Boast? Crow?OK -- enough already.My friends, for some reason t...

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