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Holiday Gift Guide For The Gardener In Your Life

The Thanksgiving leftovers are almost finished, there’s a chill in the air, and if you happen to go into a store this week, you’re bombarded with Christmas music. Must be time to start thinking about gifts for the holidays! My family, like so many others, has started to tone down the gift tradition – focusing […]

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All About Persimmons

We’ve got a persimmon problem in Sonoma County. Come fall, it seems like any gathering you attend, any street corner you pass holds a huge basket of golden orange persimmons with a sign saying ‘Eat Me!’. So many people I know have moved onto properties with huge persimmon trees that just burst with beautiful fruit […]

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Blueberries: Grow Your Own

I grew up canoeing in the wilds of Maine and Quebec every summer, and developed an early addiction to wild blueberries. We would paddle from island to island where high-bush berries hung heavy from rock outcroppings in the cold massive lakes. I swear they were bigger than I’ve seen since, and I still dream of […]

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Seeds: How To Save Your Own

It’s that time of year when we’re all reflecting on our gardens from the summer, and beginning to dream and even plan for next year. As we pull out half-dead tomato vines, prickly cucumber plants and tall tree-like sunflower stems, all the memories of the crops come flooding back. What were your favorites? What could […]

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Grow Your Own Microgreens – kale, choy, lettuce, cabbage and more

Microgreens are a trend that’s sticking around, and for good reasons. They’re delicious and insanely refreshing, highly nutritious, and easy to grow almost year-round. We grew some at Petaluma Bounty to include in our CSA boxes, and I continue to grow just a few successions each year at B-Side Farm just for personal lunch consumption. […]

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Top 3 Perennials for Sonoma County

If you guys are like me, you started your gardening career with a focus on annual crops. Tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, even zinnias and snapdragons – their short life span makes them easy and approachable things to grow. It’s taken me a few years to realize that perennial plants can be just as easy, and in […]

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Best Way to Grow Annual Spring Flowers

Spring flowers are some of the most exquisite garden additions: fragrant sweet peas exploding over a fence, snow-white anemones with nautical blue button eyes, swollen green poppy pods and fresh greens. Spring, however, always feels like the most ephemeral of the seasons. This makes it hard for a lot of us growers to appropriately time […]

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Top Garden Pests Eating Your Plants

It’s time to get up close and personal with the top garden pests eating our plants. During late summer I usually start to notice that some plants aren’t thriving, but I fail to get to the bottom of why not. So today we’re going to take a closer look at the top 3 most likely suspects […]

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Growing Dry Beans in Sonoma County

4 Easy Steps to Growing Dry Beans in Sonoma County Happy middle of summer, my gardening friends! If you’re like me, your gardens are bursting with crops by this point. Flowers, summer squash, beans, tomatoes, and cucumbers are in full swing, while cooler spring crops have gone by the wayside. This week, I’m advocating for […]


Growing Your Own Dahlias

Grab N’ Grow’s Guide to Growing Dahlias Do you remember when you fell in love with growing dahlias? I have to say, there was a time when I just didn’t get it. Perhaps it was my cold New England puritan soul, but I just found them to be over the top. Too absurdly fluffy and […]