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Annie Haven’s Moo Poo Tea

Annie Haven’s Moo Poo Tea

So I had been hearing a lot of buzz on Facebook about this Moo Poo tea stuff.  I thought it was pretty funny actually.  But how good was it?  I conducted my own experiment.  I added some of Annie Haven's soil conditioner my front be...

Bamboo and More
Yucca linearifolia benefiting from 75% pottery bargain

Yucca linearifolia benefiting from 75% pottery bargain

I happened to be at the Green Acres Nursery location in Folsom, CA yesterday, and they were closing out two lines of unglazed pottery. Even though I hadn’t meant to buy any pots, this is what I went home with:

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Lonely Bouquets to brighten Greater Sacramento on Sunday

How would you react if you found a bouquet of fresh flowers?

It’s not quite like the “Hidden Cash” craze, but such a find is its own kind of unique treasure. Instead of envelopes of money randomly taped to public sites, locally grown flower arrangements are left on park benches or...

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The Natomas Farm
….the troubled Farmer’s Market in our town

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Jun 27, 2014
….the troubled Farmer’s Market in our town

In the old days Farmers would set up fruit stands to generate income for the family farm. They would delivery to the town folks and to the Mom and Pop stores too. Then there was bartering..... a common practice that worked out great for all. Still....m...

Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
The Color of Summer

The Color of Summer

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The color of summer in a backyard vegetable garden is a show not to be missed. Like the rainbow, backyard produce can produce a glow, a hue, an iridescence that excites the soul. I can see that excitement in the photo to...

Bamboo and More
Where did the sun go? Time to take pictures!

Where did the sun go? Time to take pictures!

Here in the Sacramento Valley, there is one constant in the summer (and that means from May until late September): The sun shines every day. You can count the number of overcast days on one hand. I’m not exaggerating!

Yesterday was one of those rare days. While the sun did come out a few...

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Bamboo and More
Greg Starr’s agave presentation at the Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society on 6/23/14

Greg Starr’s agave presentation at the Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society on 6/23/14

On Monday, agave expert extraordinaire Greg Starr gave a presentation entitled “Agaves as Living Sculptures” at the Sacramento Cactus and Succulent Society (SCSS). Greg had traveled all the way from Tucson, AZ especially for this talk, and I was thrilled to see so many people show up—not just club members,...

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Bamboo and More
Front yard desert bed June 2014 update

Front yard desert bed June 2014 update

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

It’s been 3½ months since since we removed the Pittosporum tobira hedge next to the house and built a mounded “desert bed.” This is what it looked like right after we’d put in the plants...

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Bamboo and More
Greg Starr to present Agaves: Living Sculptures in Sacramento on Monday, 6/23/14

Greg Starr to present Agaves: Living Sculptures in Sacramento on Monday, 6/23/14

Greg-Starr-214x300Last December I visited Greg Starr, one of the country’s leading agave experts, at his home in Tucson, Arizona. Tomorrow, Monday, June 23, 2014, Greg will give a presentation entitled “Agaves: Living Sculptures” at the Sacramento Cactus and Succulent Society. Here are all...

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The Blue Muse
#100HappyDays: Upcycling in the garden

Jun 21, 2014
#100HappyDays: Upcycling in the garden

Succulents! June 20, 2014It hit 100 degrees in my neck of the woods yesterday, but wowza, if I wasn't a productive gardener anyway.My favorite projects included some "upcycling" of old junk--my dead wheelbarrow, for one, and a window frame planter I pi...

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