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Tips for Garden Journaling

Journals come in all sorts.

The main quality of a competent gardener must surely be the skill of accurate observation. However, observations on their own do little to help us unless they are recorded in some way so that they may be referenced at a later time. Keeping records...

Posted on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 9:50 AM

Pruning Young Fruit Trees

Dustin holding branch out for guiding to 45 degree angle

If you have not already done so, it is time to prune your young fruit trees! On February 25, 2019, Dustin Blakey demonstrated how to prune young fruit trees to a group of about 25 Master Gardeners and other home gardeners at the home orchard of...

Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 9:56 AM

Ornamental Grasses in the Landscape

Karl Foerster green

I am a huge fan of ornamental grasses, and I've written before about their uses and a few of my perennial favorites, so I'll try not to cover the same ground in this post. It does bear repeating, though, that grasses are vastly underused in most...

Posted on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 8:11 PM

Searching for Natives


  I live at the very edge of the Volcanic Tablelands in West Chalfant. Sixteen years ago, they scraped most of our acre clean of vegetation, spread decomposed granite and hauled our house in on two trailers! My plan all along had been to plant...

Posted on Monday, February 18, 2019 at 11:32 AM
  • Author: Harold McDonald

Fig Frustrations

Kadota fig with well developed breba fruits in March

When we relocated from Silicon Valley to the Owens valley the very last thing to be thrown into the moving van was a rooted piece of a Brown Turkey fig. We had enjoyed wonderful, large, lush figs from the parent tree for years, and knowing that...

Posted on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 10:24 AM

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