Sacramento Vegetable Gardening

Sacramento Vegetable Gardening Bill & Venus Bird are a weird and wacky gardening couple who call Sacramento home and garden in a backyard filled with raised gardening beds and fruit trees. Both share a love of heirloom tomatoes and vegetables and start most of what they grow from seed. Venus -- a former reporter at KTXL FOX 40 and NewsTalk 1530 KFBK in Sacramento -- serves as the inspiration for an experimental garden that is always growing in size and scope.

Web Site: http://www.sacramentogardening.blogspot.com/


Are They Tuff Enuff?

Are They Tuff Enuff?


Vegetable Plant Starters-Bird Back 40
Texas-based Blues Rock and Rockabilly band The FabulousThunderbirds posed this question to the rest of America with their first and only Top 40 hit, and it's the same question the Birds are now posing to our 2014 summer vegetable crop. At...

Gardening: Raised bed for fruit trees can do double-duty as strawberry patch

Gardening: Raised bed for fruit trees can do double-duty as strawberry patch

Emerging Strawberries-Bird Back 40And you thought Chicken soup was the only good thing for the soul? Guess again. Strawberries -- especially home grown berries -- are pretty darn good for the soul as well. I should know -- since fresh berry patches gra...

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...

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...

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 ...

A Ghost Rises

A Ghost Rises

The Ghost RisesThere's something mighty special taking place in one corner of the North Natomas heirloom tomato farm extravaganza belonging to yours truly -- and the wife that is Venus. Plants are just popping out all over in anticipating of the onset ...

YeeHaw for the MayHaw!!!

YeeHaw for the MayHaw!!!

100 Percent Pure Mayhaw JellyThere's something mighty good going on at the Bird House these days. And -- it's one of the few times I must admit -- where this mighty good stuff did not spring from the grounds of the Bird Back 40. Nope -- didn't come fro...

Code Word: Red Candy Apple

Code Word: Red Candy Apple


The "Package"
Psst! Hey buddy? Know that "thing" we were talking about? The "package" has arrived my friend. Expect a visit from Mr. X at any time now. Know what I'm talking about?
 
Of course you have no idea of what I'm talking about! I have no idea...

Magical Piles!

Magical Piles!

Thorny Rose Bush Pile-THORNS!It's right about this time -- during President's Day I guess -- when "piles" begin forming in the Bird Back 40. It starts with one pile. And pretty soon, there's two. Oh -- and where did that itty bitty third pile come from...

Mr. Harrow Finds a Home

Mr. Harrow Finds a Home

BOC Pear Orchard-Bird Back 40Mr. Harrow is home at last. And I find this to be just DEEE-lightful. Who is Mr. Harrow, you ask? Well -- let me explain. Mr. Harrow isn't really a "who." Mr. Harrow is more of a "what" than anything else. So, what is Mr. H...