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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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Bamboo and More
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...

Bamboo and More
Marvelous Mendocino motel garden

Marvelous Mendocino motel garden

Sorry for the alliteration, I couldn’t help myself. Blame it on the ongoing heat here in the Sacramento Valley. Speaking of which: We escaped the heat this past weekend by slipping off to Mendocino on the northern California coast where we attended a wedding in blissfully cool 65°F weather. Overcast skies, too!...

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The Natomas Farm
“……………….he planted dinner for us”!

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Sep 15, 2014
“……………….he planted dinner for us”!

It seems that the locals just love our produce. They will come in the middle of the night to acquire our fresh and tender offerings. The bad part of all this is that the locals are jack rabbits.......and they dont pay for what they take!The farm decide...

Sweetstuff's Sassy Succulents
The Succulent Extravaganza 2014 is Right Around the Corner!

The Succulent Extravaganza 2014 is Right Around the Corner!

Less than two weeks away is one of my favorite times of the year!   Yes indeed folks it is time for the 4th Annual Succulent Extravaganza at Succulent Gardens Nursery.  If you click on the link you will get all the juicy details.  And it's FREE!  It's being held on September...

The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Quilters piece together tribute to State Parks

From simple needle and thread grew history preserved in fabric.

Inspired by their favorite state parks, quilters throughout California pieced together a fitting tribute to a milestone anniversary. And now the public is invited to two parties to celebrate – including one today.

California’s State Parks system...

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In Search of the Finer Things
The National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa

The National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa

I remember when my aunt gave me the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Catalog and a gift certificate for a birthday gift. After all these years, it is still my favorite seed company and every winter I dream of my spring garden and what new seeds I will invest ...

Bamboo and More
#GBFling2014: Rhone Street Gardens

#GBFling2014: Rhone Street Gardens

As we’re pushing the 100°F mark down here in the Sacramento Valley, let’s return to Portland, OR—specifically a cool rainy morning in July when the Garden Bloggers Fling contingent visited Rhone Street Gardens. This is the domain of Fling co-organizer Scott Weber, lover of grasses and photographer extraordinaire, and...

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