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Summer Cover Crops

As summer approaches, it’s natural to invest a little more time in the garden. Any good garden maintenance plan involves building soil health because healthy soil grows healthy plants. Planting cover crops in your garden is a great way to rejuvenate your soil. I’ve talked before about planting cover crops in your winter garden, but […]

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Sonoma County Garden Roses

For all the rose growers out there, you know that this second half of May is just about the best time of the year. As I’ve driven around the county this spring, I’ve been on the lookout for the first blooms of all different types of roses. The wild, rambling types come on before most […]

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Top 5 Mother’s Day Flowers

Flowers are so nostalgic for most of us, and it seems Mother’s Day comes up every year when all the sweet local spring flowers are at the height of their bloom! If you’re looking for something special for a mom in your life, this year why not surprise her with some flowers that will take […]

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Earth Day Events 2018

With this gorgeous spring weather, Earth Day in the North Bay is bound to be one for the books. Get outside this weekend and celebrate with some of these great events around town! Check out these events and more here and don’t forget to stop by Grab N’ Grow for your FREE reusable grocery bag with […]

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Ten Things To Jump Start Your Garden

It’s spring! Time to get out into the garden, no matter how much you’ve neglected it over the winter (and I know I’m not just speaking for myself here). But what to do, how to dive in? Here are ten things you can do right now to dive into the season. Buy or make some […]

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Farmer Meetups

For the third year in a row, I had the opportunity to travel ten hours north to attend the Oregon Small Farms Conference and the Pacific Northwest Cut Flower Growers Meetup. It’s one of my favorite weekends of the year and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Can you imagine a huge room of […]

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Seed Starting Tips And Tricks

Last week I wrote about some great garden seeds to start right now. But as we all know, not all seeds are created equal! There are some seeds that seem to be tricky year after year, some that always germinate and grow just fine even with loads of neglect, and some that act so different […]

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5 Garden Seeds To Start This Month

February and March are confusing times for the California gardener in any normal year, and this warm winter especially. We start feeling that itch to get outside, and the warm afternoons make it feel just like summer. We’re tempted to jump into the greenhouse and potting shed to start seeds for the summer garden, and […]

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Winter is for Planting Roses!

As January draws to a close and the days start to get a little longer, it’s time to jump out of hibernation and take care of one of my favorite flowers: the rose. I planted about 100 heirloom roses from David Austin last winter, and in the coming weeks I’ll put in another 25 from […]