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What is N-P-K?

  Here's a look at that burning question, N-P-K? What is it all about anyway? It's on nearly every package of everything plant related, compost, fertilizers,...

Water Wise Gardening Trends & Visit With Good Day Sacramento

  You've got this. You can still grow what you love with less water, it just means being a little more creative. And I've decided...

Tool Time | Ames Spring Tool Giveaway

  Use a pencil as a transplanter or a can for making newspaper seedling pots, both indispensable when it comes to seeding and transplanting seedlings....

Tricks for Thinning Carrots: The Things We Do For Love

  My hopeless love of homegrown carrots sometimes feels like opening Pandora's Box -- they can be challenging to sow, taunt foes like carrot flies...

Tips For Preparing Your Garden For Winter

  Unless you're surrounded by snow, it's not too late to ready your garden for winter. Which, if you do have snow, lucky you. The...

Fall Garden Checklist

  If you count the hours spent readying your garden in spring, picking, eating and weeding in summer and now find yourself on to fall,...

May Garden Checklist

  May comes and the growing season seems to be here in a hot minute. No more dreaming over seed packets. It's time to plant,...

How to Care for Spring Bulbs Once They’ve Bloomed

  I'm one of those crazy people that loves winter. Not necessarily winters that start in September and end in June (like so many we've...

10 Tips for Starting a Garden

    Thinking of starting a garden? Now's your chance. It's that time of year when your resolve may be heightened and your determination peaked to...

Five Reasons to Weed or Not to Weed

The thought of weeding conjures up all sorts of reactions from people. There are weeding haters, weeding lovers and an entire range of folks...

Sugary Earth

Sweet, snappy, wake-your-taste-buds-up delicious, these carrots are unreal. A bit of sugary earth wrapped up in one perfect package. Like the tomatoes of winter only, with...

Double Trouble

This was insane. Giant, keg sized bottles of Roundup in my local store. Double the trouble for one low price! At least on the...

In The Garden

A closer look at the school garden I manage reveals a few faithful winter classics. The same standards of my obsessive winter diet. Broccoli,...

You Are What You Eat

Methyl bromide has been the fumigant of choice for conventional, US strawberry growers.  Plastic row covers are installed and methyl bromide gas injected, sterilizing...

Companion Planting with Edible Flowers

  I've tried growing all sorts of flowers as companion plants in and near my kitchen garden. Calendula, Calendula officinalis, remains my go-to plant. They're...

Mint — I Wish Someone Had Told Me

Mint is aromatic, a lively addition to tea or other concoction and the bane of a garden if grown without restriction. "You have mint...

How to Choose The Right Plant

Let's get it straight.  Choosing plants at the nursery, even with experience, can be daunting.  Not only do you need to try to stick...

Growing Advantages

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...

Biosol or Bust

With fall comes the rush on local supplies of Biosol.  We went to get our share.  Each visit to the nursery they were out,...
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