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On the Pages of Fine Gardening

Wow! My first book, California Gardener’s Guide vII received a rave review by Fine Gardening Magazine blogger Billy Goodnick in his Cool Green Gardens blog. Read it here…. Billy Goodnick's Fine Gardening Blog

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Heavenly Gardens to Share

Finally!  A garden that fuses my husbands passion for star gazing with my passion for gardening. The January 18th Astronomy Picture of the Day featured The Kona Galaxy Garden in Paleaku Peace Gardens Sanctuary in Kona, Hawaii.  The Kona Galaxy Garden is a 30 m diameter garden bed planted to...

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The Gift

I recently had a most delightful phone call.  A young man found my website and called to ask about community garden plots as a holiday gift for his mother.  He was in from out-of-town and wondered if I could help him. His mother, it seems, had suffered some financial setbacks ...

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Natives, naturally

If you live in a mild winter areas, especially along the west coast, this is the perfect season to plant natives; the air has cooled, the soil is still warm, and the rains are about to start. Some people have the mistaken idea that native plants are not “real” garden...

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The organic way: Be Wise Ranch has found success through tenacity and innovation

A tall man stands in the field, surveying a vast sea of green. It is late summer, and veteran organic farmer Bill Brammer has rivulets of sweat running down his neck. The mercury passed 100 degrees around midday. This oppressive heat is hard on people but great for ripening tomatoes....

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Pot Medic to the Rescue

This time of year, its pretty hot in my garden – too hot to for new plants to go into the ground and too hot for me to be out in the garden all day. Instead, I turn my attention to my container plants. I have dozens of them, so...

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Hot Colors, Dry Garden #1

For months I’ve wanted to start this series, “Hot Colors, Dry Garden” so consider this the first installment.   And what better way to start out than with a pair of mind blowing images taken just a few weeks ago in my front garden? Hot Colors, Dry Garden is an invitation...

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Plant a Kaleidescope for Spring

I always caution gardeners in California and other hot, dry summer areas not to plant in summer. Plants just don’t adapt very well when it is so hot. Instead, it is better to plan in summer and plant in winter. That said, there are a few groups of plants are...

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Nan's Garden Tip #101: Mulching Vegetable Gardens

Want to make your vegetable garden more waterwise?  Here are two suggestions: Switch to drip irrigation Most vegetables dislike having wet leaves. In fact, wet leaves often become mildewed leaves.  Drip irrigation is far more efficient than overhead spray and it keeps leaves dry and mildew free. Mulch with a...

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Tom Sawyer and My New Wall

Is it okay for my blog to quote another blog?  Oh, what the heck! The wonderful Sharon Cohoon, Southern California editor for Sunset Magazine (and the woman I’d like to be when I grow up) wrote about my new garden wall in her blog, Fresh Dirt.   I love what she...

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Trouble with Tomatoes?

Monday a week ago, I was a guest on These Days, the morning talk show on San Diego Public Radio, KPBS.  I appear on These Days about once a quarter, where the delightful host Maureen Cavanaugh and I always start off on a topic or two.  Soon, however, the many...

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On the radio this morning

Had a great time doing my quarterly gardening radio gig on KPBS FM 89.5, Public Radio in San Diego. Host Maureen Cavanaugh is a blast to talk with, and the callers had great questions about tomatoes, how to water, the cool weather, and lots more. Click here to listen!

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