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Seeds: Brothers and sisters, it is time to save your soil

Plants (and people) aren’t the only ones suffering through this epic drought. Our soil has taken a huge hit, too.

“Our soils are scorched,” said Gisele Schoniger of Kellogg Garden Products. “They need replenishment more than fertilizer.”

Early fall is an ideal time to give our soil...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Quilters piece together tribute to State Parks

From simple needle and thread grew history preserved in fabric.

Inspired by their favorite state parks, quilters throughout California pieced together a fitting tribute to a milestone anniversary. And now the public is invited to two parties to celebrate – including one today.

California’s State Parks system...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Begonias survive shaker, now ready for show

Joan Coulat admits she was shook up by the Aug. 24 Napa quake – and so were a thousand begonias.

These prized plants already had been through some near-death experiences. But they’re true survivors – and remarkably thriving.

“Now, I just want somebody to come and buy them,”...

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The Sacramento Bee
Historic Woodland ready for annual Stroll

There are benefits to being off the beaten path.

Richard Bellows cites location as key to the preservation of Woodland’s downtown, filled with buildings a century old or more.

“We’re not on Highway 99,” said Bellows, a local historian. “A lot of (central California) cities probably had mansions...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Trees need extra TLC during drought

Walk down almost any residential street in Sacramento and you’ll see the cumulative effects of this dry, dry year. Often in the middle of a brown lawn stands a very sad, droopy tree.

Once drought restrictions are lifted, the lawn can be renewed or replaced in a matter of weeks. But...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Preserve that produce on

Got too many tomatoes? Cucumbers piling up? Overloaded with peaches? It’s time to can it – and we know some folks willing to help.

Today is International Can-It-Forward Day, a celebration of harvest preservation. This self-proclaimed holiday is the brain child of Jarden Home Brands, the makers of Ball brand...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Bad bugs invade our summer gardens

With armored bodies or weapon-shaped limbs, they look like creatures from an unfriendly alien world – or a blockbuster movie. But their damage is very real. Seemingly out of nowhere, they invade to suck the joy out of our tranquil summer harvest.

It’s the Invasion of the Bad Bugs.

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Harvest Day celebrates home-grown food

Weather willing, a huge crowd is expected to turn out for today’s Harvest Day. Rain is (almost) never the issue; it’s the heat.

“We had 3,000 people turn out last year, our largest crowd ever,” said Judy McClure, Sacramento County’s master gardener coordinator. “We expect about the same, if the weather...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Lessons of California’s drought from 1976

“What have you done to save water today?”

That leading question could be asked any day this year, but it’s an echo from California’s past.

On a poster hung in schoolrooms and kitchens across the state, that query came from 1976 and a public service announcement printed by...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: What drought? Harvest looks great

This looks like a bountiful summer. In backyards and orchards throughout the Sacramento area, fruit trees are covered with ripening plums and peaches. Limbs hang extra heavy with unexpectedly large crops.

Don’t these trees know there’s a drought?

Apparently, they do. This is just another way nature...

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