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With state agriculture using 75% of the water, does it really matter if you conserve in the garden?

Apr 14, 2014
With state agriculture using 75% of the water, does it really matter if you conserve in the garden?

  I spared the volunteer sunflowers yesterday and gave them a deep drink of water. I had been thinking of getting rid of them. My wife, who usually requisitions a patch of the “back forty” for her flower garden, announced … Continue reading

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#100HappyDays: Sweet peas

#100HappyDays: Sweet peas

Sweet peas are as sweet as they look--super fragrant! (In fact, so fragrant that those of us with smell sensitivity keep them OUTSIDE.)One of today's happiest moments? Noticing sweet peas starting to bloom. I planted them in the Fall and during our Bac...

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#100HappyDays: Transplants

#100HappyDays: Transplants

Clockwise from the top left: African Daisies in the big round pot, zucchini, jalapeno, mystery tomato, Japanese maple. Bottom row: A bunch of Golden Yellow and Beefsteak tomato seedlings. If I knew how to make heart emoticons right here, I would make a...

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#100HappyDays: A trip to the nursery

#100HappyDays: A trip to the nursery

Today's happiness high point? A visit to the nursery for mosquito-repellent plants (citrus geranium and catmint) and compost, ahem. I spent an hour this afternoon making "diaper dirt" (more on that soon) and planting a few seedlings. Feels so good to b...

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The quest for ‘black gold’ ends in composting failure

The quest for ‘black gold’ ends in composting failure

Six months ago, I expected to write an exultant post about my cultivation of the gardener's best friend: black gold, aka compost, aka properly rotted organic material.I bought a cute little kitchen compost pail for daily collection of veggie scraps, an...

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Oak Park Party Highlights Urban Agriculture

Apr 7, 2014
Oak Park Party Highlights Urban Agriculture

On Sunday March 30th, The Yisrael Family Farm partnered with Ubuntu Green to throw a party at Jack Davis Park on 43rd St and 16th ...

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#100HappyDays: If loving a wheelbarrow is wrong…

#100HappyDays: If loving a wheelbarrow is wrong…

We picked up this wheelbarrow at Costco for $20 less than the local home improvement stores. Woot.Sometimes, it's the little things in life. Sometimes it's big steel buckets. Today's happy, happy, joy, joy moment? The acquisition of a shiny new wheelba...

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Rubys Musings
Spring has arrived at Muse Cottage…

Spring has arrived here at Muse Cottage once again. Upon quick inspection of all that I planted last Spring only one plant did not survive, a tender Lavender that had delicate leaves, quite unlike all the rest. I shall re-plant one as soon as I ...

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Vegetables and Fruits Kids Love to Grow (and Eat!)

Mar 29, 2014
Vegetables and Fruits Kids Love to Grow (and Eat!)

Since I spend a lot of time in the garden, the kids do too. They enjoy playing in the dirt, planting seeds, and petting Neighbor Kitty when he stops by. They also enjoy eating what they’ve planted and will wander through the garden grazing on this and that. I don’t use chemicals, so I...

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Author, Kathryn Mattingly and The Regional Water Authority to appear on LiveWire!

Mar 24, 2014
Author, Kathryn Mattingly and The Regional Water Authority to appear on LiveWire!

Author, Kathryn Mattingly and The Regional Water Authority to appear on LiveWire!       The Sacramento Regional Water Authority will be returning to LiveWire! ...

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