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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. […]

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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 […]