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The garden after our summer vacation

The garden after our summer vacation

Whenever I get back from vacation, I usually have a hard time getting back into the swing of things. It was no different this year. In fact it was worse, probably because I’d had such a great time on Hawaii (aka the Big Island).

The one thing I do...

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The Natomas Farm
…. the future Certified Farmers Market.

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Aug 12, 2014
…. the future Certified Farmers Market.

Farmer Deno has been busy not only with his farm....but other projects as well. Two of these projects will directly impact the town of Rio Linda. I will be talking about one of our projects here today. The other will be announced in 90 days and that is...

The Farmer Fred Rant
They’re Big, Loud and Hungry: The Green Fruit Beetles Are Back

They’re Big, Loud and Hungry: The Green Fruit Beetles Are Back

 While searching for the few remaining pluots in the garden last night, a familiar loud buzz zoomed by my ear. You may be hearing that same ferocious buzzing as you are picking the backyard tomatoes, figs, peaches, pluots, corn and berries these ...

Bamboo and More
Hawaii: Mauna Kea silversword, the rarest plant I’ve ever seen

Hawaii: Mauna Kea silversword, the rarest plant I’ve ever seen

On one of the last days of our Hawaii vacation I got to see one of the rarest plants I’ll every lay my eyes on: the Mauna Kea silversword (Argyroxiphium sandwicense ssp. sandwicense). Like its close relative, the Haleakalā silversword we saw last year on Maui (Argyroxiphium sandwicense ssp. macrocephalum), the...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Bad bugs invade our summer gardens

With armored bodies or weapon-shaped limbs, they look like creatures from an unfriendly alien world – or a blockbuster movie. But their damage is very real. Seemingly out of nowhere, they invade to suck the joy out of our tranquil summer harvest.

It’s the Invasion of the Bad Bugs.

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The Natomas Farm
……melon smörgåsbord here we come.

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Aug 7, 2014
……melon smörgåsbord here we come.

The crazy and wild melons we grew this year as a test crop.....went over big time at our fruit stand and several vendors we contract with. Cantaloupes that looked like footballs and Black Watermelons that looked like "bowling balls"...... to the yellow...

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Hawaii: The perfect sunset to bid us goodbye

Hawaii: The perfect sunset to bid us goodbye

I know some people are quite happy to return to their normal lives at the end of their vacation. I’m not one of them. I could be on vacation forever. Or at least give it a valiant try.

On our final evening on Hawaii I went to ʻAnaehoʻomalu Bay in Waikoloa. Also...

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Hawaii: Foxtail agave (Agave attenuata) loves hot and humid island climate

Hawaii: Foxtail agave (Agave attenuata) loves hot and humid island climate

The Big Island of Hawaii isn’t a place you go to see succulents. The wet eastern side—some places receive in excess of 150 inches a rain a year—would kill most succulents. Although much drier, the western side isn’t a hotbed of succulent activity either. I did spot a few very large Agave americana, including...

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Hawaii: Hawaiian golden bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris)

Hawaii: Hawaiian golden bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris)

Bambusa vulgaris comes in several incarnations: all green straight culms; all green culms with swollen internodes (cultivar ‘Wamin’); all yellow culms with very thin green lines (cultivar ‘Kimmei’ or ‘Aureovariegata’); and all yellow culms with barcode-like green strips (cultivar ‘Vittata’, aka painted bamboo).

A lot of the “generic” green bamboo I saw from...

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Hawaii: Kona is for chillin’

Hawaii: Kona is for chillin’

Kona (or Kailua-Kona as the post office calls it) is the main town on the western side of Hawaii. It was established in 1812 by King Kamehameha I as the capital of the new Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. After the capital moved on to Lāhainā and then to Honolulu, Kona was primarily...

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