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Garden Design Options for Growing FoodGuest Blog Post

Guest Blog Post by Adria Branch.  For similar articles, check out My Survival Forum.  I have seen some pretty elaborate gardens and it makes me wonder: Is there a purpose to the design or is it just aesthetically pleasing? With such a variety of designs it is hard to know which ones were designed with […]

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Bottle Brush Tree or ShrubPlant Profile

Bottle brush flower. [H.Guenther]

Bottle brush is a striking evergreen shrub or tree. Once a commonly seen landscape plant, it has become less so and been replaced by more popular flowering trees such as crape myrtle and western redbud. Description of Plant This plant flowers heavily in spring, and continues to flower during warm weather. The flowers are spiky, […]

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Anne’s Top 7 Gardening Tips

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These 7 tips are helpful ideas I’ve learned during my lifetime of gardening.  There are many more I could have written but 7 is such a good number I decided to stick with it. Feel free to post your tips below! Tip #1 Everybody makes mistakes! All of the gardeners you know and admire (even […]

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Summer Fall Color: Drought StressFall Color Trees

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The drought in California is well into its 3rd year. Many people have cut back on watering their landscapes and let their lawns die. Lawns are easy to replace, but landscape trees are not. Sprinkler water may be the only water landscape trees receive during summer. One of the symptoms of drought stress in trees […]

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Kids DIY Gardening: Miniature GardensDIY

Scotch moss is a chartreuse colored plant that makes a perfect fairy lawn.

Letting kids have free reign to be creative and not squashing their enthusiasm is important. I grew up believing I wasn’t artistic since I couldn’t draw or paint like the “talented” kids in school. When I heard the praise those kids received and heard teachers gush over their artwork and ignore what I did, I […]

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Discover Forestiere’s Underground GardensHidden Garden Gem

Citrus trees growing out of the ground.

Forestiere Underground Gardens is a hidden garden gem located in Fresno, California. It was created over 100 years ago by Baldassare Forestiere, a citrus farmer from Italy. When Forestiere discovered he would not inherit land from his family, he immigrated to the east coast of the U.S. to make his own way. To earn enough […]

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Container Gardening Post #4

After being sprayed with horticultural soap, some of my container gardening plants began to grow again and turn green. I killed the spider mites although I did have to make two applications, one week apart. Unfortunately, the beans did not recover from the spider mite destruction and died. Their leaves turned yellow, paper thin and […]

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Anne’s Spring Veggie Garden Story

Ah yes my young grasshoppers…it is with fondness that I look back and remember my first garden. I was so young and terribly excited, probably about 12 years old.  I knew with certainty that my garden would be amazing. It would impress my friends, family and the neighbors.  My vegetable business would be famous, and […]

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Planting Colorful Carrots

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If you’ve never carefully tugged carrots out of the ground, brushed off the soil and taken a big bite, your life is incomplete (it’s true). The crunchy sweetness is unparalleled.  

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Passion & Gardening

I must admit, for the past week I have been in a funk. It started Saturday afternoon, with this weird overall feeling of ennui. I was at a wine festival (Zinfest) that i had really been looking forward to attending.  I was annoyed with myself and my attitude, as well as puzzled. Whenever my emotions […]

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