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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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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 […]

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A Year Year, A New Garden

Happy 2018, gardeners! I love this time of year because it allows me to be purely optimistic. It’s so different from, say, July, where all of the goals and plans I haven’t yet accomplished are tossed aside for another year. Here in January, I can just dream big. I’ve written before about new year’s resolutions […]

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My 2017 Garden In Review

Like any other part of life, I find it really important to look back through the year in my garden. I invite you all to do this with me because it’s a great way to encourage some time for reflection and to start to move forward with garden resolutions for the next year. Sit down […]

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A Fascinating Talk on Fire Ecology

A few weeks ago I attended a fabulous talk on fire ecology hosted by the California Native Plant Society. The speaker was Dr. Sasha Berleman, who earned her PhD at Berkeley and focused her research on the use of prescribed fire in California. Sasha gave a thorough overview of the history of fire in our […]

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Cleaning Up the Fall Garden

The rains came, and now the fall garden has transformed into a muddy mess. It’s a tricky time of year in the garden. Some plants are long dead, having seen their end at the first sight of the first frost. Others are hanging on for dear life, like my roses who are managing to push […]