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Mar 21

Getting Yourself & Your Garden in Shape for Spring

Spring equinox is March 20th around my part of the world and it’s coming up fast and furious. Now, I have to admit that doing my spring garden prep work was never a source of serious intestinal “knottage” in my earlier years. In fact it was a seasonal milestone that I really looked forward to…a sort of “back to school” feeling that everything was nothing but possibilities.

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Feb 8

HOW TO MANAGE SOIL AND YOUR EDIBLES AFTER A FLOOD OR HEAVY RAIN

Originally posted in 2011, I wanted to update and re-post this as California (and the country) deals with the wettest winter in years, ending years of drought. Our thoughts are with all who are in the areas of the state-wide wild fires that devastated the homes and communities of so many.  These areas are extremely […]

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Dec 17

Easy Chart on How to Use the Herbs from your Garden…and Spices Too!

I don’t know about you, but as much as I enjoy growing herbs I admit sometimes I can’t remember the best ways to use them in my kitchen! This chart from www.deliciousdeliveriesinc.com might help!

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Nov 28

Your Garden’s Legacy: Seed Harvesting and Saving

Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has
been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed
there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.
– Henry David Thoreau

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Jul 26

Spotlight Edible of the Day: Peppers

What would our culinary creations be without the pretty pepper?

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Oct 8

Halloween’s for Gardens Too! Plants That Will Give Your Home “Spook Appeal”

BOO! It’s time to make your garden SPOOKTACULAR! I love Halloween and the fact that the modern holiday, having its roots in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in) or All Hallows Eve, in part celebrates the harvest makes it even more meaningful for gardener-types like me. This time of year, like the spring, […]

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Jul 12

Spotlight Edible of the Day: Summer Squash – Zucchini

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”
Jim Davis, ‘Garfield’

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Mar 22

Rain, Rain…Don’t Go Away – Go into My Rain Barrel!

IN HONOR OF WORLD WATER DAY! Many of us reap great harvests from our garden. What about harvesting rain? Yes, harvest our rain! Collecting rainwater is not a new concept! It is an ancient traditional practice. Historical records show that rainwater was collected in simple clay containers as far back as 2,000 years ago. Maybe it’s time to put some of these ancient techniques of rainwater harvesting back into practice!

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Mar 7

Looking over the Four Leaf Clover!

May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing

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Feb 6

Oh, for the Love of Citrus! Two newer varieties showing up in commercial nurseries…

Two newer (to our commercial nurseries) citrus varieties sure to make you pucker up and kiss your nursery owner!

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