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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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The Sacramento Bee
Green Acres to open fourth nursery in Elk Grove

Green Acres Nursery & Supply is planting roots in Elk Grove with plans to open a new location in 2015.

Bamboo and More
Things I saw in Monterey

Things I saw in Monterey

Monterey may be small, with a population of less than 30,000, but it ranks near the very top of must-see places in California. Its location on the southern edge of Monterey Bay is truly stunning. Once the capital of California under the flags of Spain and Mexico (1777 to 1846), Monterey...

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Chic Little House
DIY Raised Garden Bed with Irregation

DIY Raised Garden Bed with Irregation

Last week, I shared our plans to build raised garden bed in large empty space directly off our patio. The space we planned on using for our garden bed is is 8ft wide x 24ft long. We considered building two raised garden beds, but decided one 4x8 r...

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Bamboo and More
Spring break on the Monterey Peninsula

Spring break on the Monterey Peninsula

The Monterey Peninsula is one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in California. It has been one of my favorite places in the world ever since I went to graduate school here 25+ years ago. While it’s not exactly around the corner from where I live now, it’s still a...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
So You Wanna Grow MINT, Do Ya?

So You Wanna Grow MINT, Do Ya?

MINT! Look good? Take me home!MINT! It's an herb. Not just any herb mind you. No -- mint would have to classified as the Harry Callahan of herb fame. As in, "Go Ahead, Make My Day" fame. As in, "Do You Feel Lucky, Punk?" That starter plant of mint at y...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Spring flowers distract from drought worries

Seeds: Spring flowers distract from drought worries


Enjoying unseasonally warm weather in late February, bees buzz around a flowering pear (Pyrus calleryana) in Sacramento, above. At left, tulips bloom in Sacramento’s Fremont Community Garden.

Daffodils don’t read the weather report. Neither do tulips or lilacs or a basket full of other early spring bloomers.

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Geno's Garden
San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

Mar 21, 2014

My friend, Darlene, and I headed to the Bay Area yesterday for the SF Flower and Garden Show. This guy from the Lyngso Garden Materials for there to greet everyone! My favorite display garden was created by Jim Grandy, the Bamboo Man. Sometimes in ...



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