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Create: A Colorful Planter for Spring

Create: A Colorful Planter for Spring

One of my plans this Spring is to add more color on patio garden beds by using a mixture of planters along with planting perennials in the ground. I recently bought two large planters, which means a visit to our local nursery was in store. Us...

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The Natomas Farm
Leaf Miner – a repost about citrus trees pests

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May 18, 2015
Leaf Miner – a repost about citrus trees pests

 Phyllocnistis citrella......sounds like a monster that I am bout to talk about. Though not nearly as large as Godzilla....but the damage is bout the same. Yes....let me introduce you to the citrus leaf miner. A little pest that showed up at our f...

Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
The Stain

The Stain

Wonderful Pomegranate-Bird Back 40There she goes again. The Wonderful Pomegranate putting on her usual springtime "look at me, I'm pretty" show. I should have put this tree in the front yard where everyone can enjoy the bonanza of bright red and yellow...

The Natomas Farm
…. exactly 57 years ago boysenberries were discovered

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May 14, 2015
…. exactly 57 years ago boysenberries were discovered

There are folks out there that never had the taste of a boysenberry. Then again....there are many folks out there that never even heard of a boysenberry. I found out what they were from a place in my childhood history......a magical place named Knott's...

The Blue Muse
Fixing my tomato mistakes

May 13, 2015
Fixing my tomato mistakes

There are few things I like better about summer than sweet, ripe tomatoes from the garden. In fact, I've cultivated quite the obsession over the last six years, trying but often failing to get the bumper crop of my dreams.My problems? In no particular ...

The Blue Muse
Spring, in full burst

May 11, 2015
Spring, in full burst

Maybe it was too much Alice and Wonderland as a kid, but I can't help anthropomorphizing flowers. Like this hydrangea, which looks like it has a chorus of little mouths shouting to high heaven. Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this.BlogHer'...

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The Natomas Farm
Use on cuts and burns….chickens too!

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May 6, 2015
Use on cuts and burns….chickens too!

Although the Aloe Vera plant looks a lot like a cactus, it's actually a member of the lily and onion family......native to North Africa. That's it in front of the thorn-less cactus.....in the photoshop picture above. Many households knows th...

Bamboo and More
Recap of 2015 Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale (part 1)

Recap of 2015 Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale (part 1)

As you may know, I’m involved in the Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society, an organization well worth supporting if you like succulents and live in the greater Sacramento area. At $15 a year, it’s a bargain, too! Aside from monthly meetings every fourth Monday and occasional field trips to regional destinations, the...

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Bamboo and More
My first juried succulent show

My first juried succulent show

Yesterday I posted a teaser about the Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society’s 2015 Show & Sale. I’ve been a member since 2011 and an officer since 2012 and yet I’ve never entered the show. In fact, I’ve never entered any plant show. Unlike many other club members who enjoy the competition aspect,...

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Bamboo and More
Heads up: Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show May 2-3, 2015

Heads up: Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show May 2-3, 2015

What are you doing this coming weekend, May 2 and 3? If you’re in Sacramento or are up for the drive, join us for the Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale at Shepard Garden and Arts Center adjacent to McKinley Park. This will be the club’s 55th show, and it promises...

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