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Beware: Shipping Dates

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I recently ordered some plant material online. When ordering I had the option to schedule a specific date for arrival for $5. Being cheap—and knowing these were dormant tubers and should be OK—I declined the offer. Nurseries, in my...

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10:41 AM

A peek into a backyard winter garden in Japan

Cabbage tied up until harvest.

One of our Master Gardeners is living in Japan for the year and sent along these photos of winter gardening. She reports that despite the cold and snow, local gardeners continue to grow vegetables through the winter. Here are some photos of cabbage and...

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Happy Houseplants

Umbrella tree

Autumn is definitely my favorite time of the year. The vibrant colors, brisk temperatures, and harvesting the last of my vegetable garden are among my favorite personal indulgences.  But I wonder, how to survive the long winter without my garden to...

Umbrella tree
Umbrella tree

Umbrella tree

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 11:23 AM

8 Tips for New Homeowners' Landscapes

The real estate market may not have returned to its pre-bubble days, but there are signs of life in the home market. I have noted a few homes in my neighborhood that have changed owners. This usually means activity in the landscape, and not all of it is...

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Notes from the Garden: IMACA plot at the Bishop Community Garden


For the past three years, I have grown food for IMACA, at a plot at the Bishop Community Garden.  Tomatoes are usually the primary product, although last year we also had kale, chard and other greens. We usually include squash, but after the...

Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 11:24 AM

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