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What To Do In The Garden In A Wet Spring

Farmers and gardeners alike are throwing their wet hands up in the air this spring as it keeps raining and raining. We’ve all got so many transplants just waiting to get into the ground, so many projects put on hold, and so much store-bought produce and flowers at home when we really want to be […]

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Sonoma Flower Market – 2.0

I met Nichole Skalski about three years ago through our involvement in a group called the North Bay Flower Collective – which started as a way for local flower farmers and florists to get together and share resources and support, but has grown to be a lot more than that for our ever-growing membership. Nichole, […]

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April Fools’ For The Gardeners

By the look and feel of mid-afternoon in Sonoma County these days, it’s spring! You feel like you want to be out in the garden all day, digging, amending with compost, planting spring crops, and cutting fresh flowers to bring into the house. Even if the morning is chilly, by late in the day you […]

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Grow Your Own Succulents

Californians and their succulents, man. They’re a people obsessed! I remember when I first moved out here a mere seven years ago and we were just on the cusp of the succulent rage. From weddings to gardens to plant shops to casual conversations, it seemed that succulents crept into every aspect of life in one […]

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Composters: Beware of Herbicides

Most of us don’t have to be convinced of the importance of compost in the garden. The list of benefits could fill a book. Compost does wonders for both building your soil long-term and for boosting your plants in the season you apply it. The first benefit of compost that comes to mind is organic […]

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Most Romantic Flowers For Valentine’s Day

Nothing says ‘I Love You’ like local, fresh, fragrant flowers that support sustainable farms, the local economy, fair labor practices, and small (often women-run) businesses. I can’t begin to express how excited I am that the classic (tight, sterile, odorless, lipstick-colored) red rose is finally going out of vogue. With almost 80% of flowers bought […]

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Bee-Friendly Flowers

It’s time to become bee-friendly! Most of us have a sense of just how important bees are for our ecosystem, not to mention our food supply. I’ve learned a lot of what I know about bees from my good friend Jordan who works as the lead horticulturalist out at Heidrun Meadery. If you haven’t already, […]

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The Real Importance of Earthworms

From a young age, we’re taught that earthworms are our friends. Out at Petaluma Bounty Farm, I worked (ehem, played) in the fields with what felt like millions of kids who hadn’t been exposed to many vegetable gardens before. And you know what, they too squealed in delight upon finding a worm! While there are […]

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A Gardener’s New Year’s Resolutions

With 2016 coming to an end very shortly, it’s time to reflect on this past year. As gardeners, either by hobby or trade, we’re inclined to look back on the little pieces of land we tended. But now is also a great time for looking ahead and preparing for the new and exciting 2017. Personally, I […]

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My Favorite Winter Flowers

Some people mourn the end of tomatoes fresh from the garden as fall and winter creep in every year. For me, I’m just fine moving on to canned vegetables – it’s the end of the flowers that kills me. I’ve started to pay more attention to winter-blooming flowers with their subtle tones and seasonal scents. […]