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In gardening, as in life, I say, GROW WHAT YOU LOVE. Find the things that make you happy and grow them. Lots of them!

Pollinator Allure: Bumblebees & Native Plant Pollination

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  A bumblebee forages on Squaw Carpet, Ceanothus prostratus. Squaw Carpet, also known as Mahala Mat, is one of the first native plants to flower in the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada. If you...

Growing Advantages

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I've finally taken the time to explore the inner reaches of my refrigerator, locating the seeds I mentioned, giving me reason to plan and wonder what I'll plant in a climate with a year...

Cosmic Launch

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We're making the plunge.  Moving "off the hill" to the San Francisco Bay Area.  Most folks in the Lake Tahoe area wonder why we would ever consider it.  They give us the, "Are you...

New Perspective on The High Line

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Lights, horns, sirens, snippets of passerby conversation, bustle.  Unavoidably conspicuous billboards spanning buildings and city blocks.  Reactive tests of physical ability to maneuver and avoid oncoming pedestrians.  High speed-car -chase driving cabbies forcing a ...

Garden Design: Taking Cues From Nature

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    Your landscape, with all of it’s endless possibilities, is your palette.  However, unlike many other forms of art, it doesn't begin with a blank slate, but a living system.  Even if the intended garden...

Biosol or Bust

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With fall comes the rush on local supplies of Biosol.  We went to get our share.  Each visit to the nursery they were out, expecting a shipment that very afternoon.... I was discussing materials and...

The Hollyhocks Made Me Do It

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My love for this old-fashioned, five petaled variety of Hollyhock, Alcea rosea, is not all consuming to distraction, but is a love one might hope for from a life-long friend.  I sometimes wonder, in...

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Weeds

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"Emily, come help me weed..."  The wave of complete suffering that went through my body was whole and dramatic.  The effort of holding myself up, moving my feet, visible.  Did I really just hear...

Shooting From the Hip

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"Shit or get off the pot."  This is a phrase my mother commanded on a regular basis while I was growing up and continues to utter to this day.  She has never needed to...
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In gardening, as in life, I say, GROW WHAT YOU LOVE. Find the things that make you happy and grow them. Lots of them!

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