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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

What's Growing On? Yields from a 2013 Vegetable Plot


As you pore over seed catalogs and dream about what is possible in your 2014 garden, have a look at the bounty that Master Gardener Alison Collin received from her garden last summer. Thanks, Alison, for the detailed records and for the notes on what...


Raised bed garden.

Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Seed Shopping

To me December represents the nadir of garden activity. It's cold, the days are short, and frankly I'm too worried about surviving Christmas with the kids to think about plants. As far as gardening is concerned, January is a huge improvement over the...

Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM

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