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Hypertufa and clay pot update

Hypertufa and clay pot update

At the end of February I tried my hand at making hypertufa pots. Even though I’d never done it before, I was very happy with the results. The four pots I made have been drying for a month now and are noticeably lighter, both in color and in weight:

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Relocating Agave ‘Blue Flame’

Relocating Agave ‘Blue Flame’

A week ago Monday we had 10 cubic yards of soil delivered for our desert garden project. This was more than we needed for the 6 x 48 ft. planting strip on the side of the house so we hauled quite a bit of dirt to the backyard. As a result,...

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Chic Little House
Vegetable Garden Planning

Vegetable Garden Planning

I hope everyone had a nice relaxing weekend or a productive DIY weekend! Our weekend was filled with pulling weeds in our garden beds and starting our our vegetable garden plans. I just started using Preen Garden and Weed Preventer plus plant food, so ...

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First look at planted desert garden

First look at planted desert garden

This post continues the coverage of our front yard desert garden project.

Yesterday (Saturday) our high was 87°F. I’m sure this broke all kinds of records. Only a few places in California—like Death Valley and Palms Springs—were hotter than Davis. It looks like our weird winter is...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: San Francisco Flower & Garden Show revives ‘wow factor’

Seeds: San Francisco Flower & Garden Show revives ‘wow factor’


The 2014 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show will put the emphasis on colorful (but drought-tolerant) flowers. Pictured here are purple flowering Geranium x procurrens 'Ann Folkard' with Sedum “Autumn Joy” in front of Veronicastrum virginicum “Fascination” foliage in a garden designed by Gary Ratway.

Nathan Beeck got...

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Poor Parry’s penstemon

Poor Parry’s penstemon

In an effort to “desertify” our yard, I’ve been planting more Southwest natives. One of them is Parry’s penstemon (Penstemon parryi). It hails from southern Arizona and the Mexican state of Sonora where it grows along washes and in canyons. It’s a popular landscaping plant in Arizona but, for some unfathomable reason, quite difficult...

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Sweetstuff's Sassy Succulents
Can She Save the Ferox?

Can She Save the Ferox?

We have had the weirdest weather here lately.  And I am going to say that this is the main reason why I may lose my large Aloe Ferox.  I did make a pretty big mistake when I tried to save it but I don't think it is the main reason for it's pr...

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The soil has arrived

The soil has arrived

This post continues the coverage of our front yard desert garden project.

After the pittosporum hedge was removed the 6x48 ft, planting strip outside the fence was ready for the next step: arrival of the soil. I wanted the area to be raised by a foot...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Tying Up Venus

Tying Up Venus

Tie This Mess Up!Hey now!!! All the Young Dudes have suddenly jumped up, tuned in and taken notice! Mix one part vegetable gardening with two parts of tying up Venus? Finally -- I'm about to embark on a perhaps not-safe-for-work blog post that All the ...

The Blue Muse
Spring joy in photos

Mar 12, 2014
Spring joy in photos

Blooms from a flowering pear tree, which while beautiful, smells, ahem, indecently musty.If you're like me (and most of the people I know), this week has been challenging on the fatigue front. Why should a one hour time change throw us off so dramatica...

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