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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...

Grow More Flowers

  I started my New Year’s resolution early, direct seeding these poppies, Papaver somniferum, in October.  I’m embarrassed to admit it, but they've been on...

Kinky Seeds

Funny.  It's rare to find an artichoke gone to seed.  Typically gobbled up when cheek-pinching perfect, young and in bud.  Passing one up is...

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...

Scarlet Runner Beans

There's something incredibly fascinating about opening up a dazzling green bean pod to find shades of hot pink, lavender and red mottled seeds inside. ...

Keep it Simple

  Dr. Michael Mesler, my plant taxonomy professor at Humboldt State University, likened simplicity to parsimony.  When examining computational phylogenetics (a complicated subject) he taught...

Pollination Design

I was seven. It was my first summer living alone with my grandmother in the coastal foothills of Sonoma County, in the place I...

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...

Fremontia

California Fremontia, Fremontodendron californicum, is one of my all time favorite plants.  To qualify this, I have an endless list of favorite plants, from...

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...

Define Summer | Grow Tomatoes

    Summer, if defined by the olfactory of senses, could have endless interpretations.  Like "snow" for groups such as the circumpolar Sami people, it could...

Dark Star for a Grey Day

I tried to get a decent photo of this particular shrub, Ceanothus 'Dark Star', but it proved to be a challenge.  It sits in...

A Gardener’s Best Friend

What do a dog and a lesser known California sage have in common?  Well, technically nothing.  However, a few weeks back I was witness...

Garden Approach

Ever have one of those moments where you walk into a space, any space, but in this case a garden, and hear yourself say,...

Pollinator Allure: Bumblebees & Native Plant Pollination

  A bumblebee forages on Squaw Carpet, Ceanothus prostratus. Squaw Carpet, also known as Mahala Mat, is one of the first native plants to flower...

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...

Garden Design: Taking Cues From Nature

    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...

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,...

The Hollyhocks Made Me Do It

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...
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