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Seed Saving in the Summer Garden
A Daily Practice I make it a daily practice to walk the garden and check-in on the plants. With each hot day that passes, I find that there is...

Plant Profiles: Sungold Tomato
Have you eaten Sungold tomatoes? They are a cherry tomato with golden yellow 1” fruits that taste like summer bliss. Although it's a...

IPM: Integrated Pest Management
Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a process you can use to solve pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment. IPM can be...

Central California's Migratory Butterflies
The Monarch is well known and celebrated. However, central California has several migrating species and one of them, the Gulf Fritillary, actually...

Plant Profiles: Red Kuri Squash
Red kuri squash, also known as uchiki kuri squash or orange Hokkaido squash, is an early maturing winter squash that can be grown in a garden or...

Poppies!
Springtime means my favorite flower, the simple but abundant and beautiful Eschscholzia californica or California poppy is in full, glorious bloom....

Deadheading - an easy way to prolong the bloom!
Deadheading is the practice of removing spent blooms from your annuals and perennials. Flowers should be removed as soon as they fade, before forming...

Awesome Blossom
The large, stunning landscape plant Dasylirion longissimum, or Mexican Grass Tree, is native to the hot, dry Chihuahuan desert and other xeric...

Lazy Gardener Soil Prep
Perhaps you're busy and want your weekend to relax, or you have a bad back or you just moved and your soil is hard like concrete, or you just don't...

Garden Tasks for April
Paul McCollum published this blog post several years ago and it holds up well today. April To-Do List for Zone 9 If slugs and snails are...

Spring!
Earth laughs in flowers...                                  ...

Hold the Tomatoes!
Jazmin Lopez wrote this post for us a year ago but a visit to a big box store yesterday as well as some online shopping reminded me that it's...

Extend Your Garden’s Hospitality – Go Wildlife-Friendly! Wildlife-Friendly Gardens, Part II
Planning a Wildlife-Friendly Garden A sustainable wildlife-friendly garden rests on habitat creation – the addition of native plants and...

Wildlife-Friendly Gardens, Part I
Extend Your Garden's Hospitality -- Go Wildlife-Friendly! This is the first part of a two-part post. Look for Part II next week here on the...

SEEDS - Dreaming your summer garden
Extended rainy days make me yearn for sunshine and my summer garden. I often use this time to sit by my wood stove and pour over seed catalogs to...

Quick Note on Natives Hybridizing with Cultivars
Jackie Pascoe of the Santa Cruz chapter of the California Native Plant Society spoke at the latest UC Master Gardeners of Monterey Bay meeting,...

Instead of that, plant this!
Most of the plants used in our gardens and landscapes do not harm or invade wild areas, but there are some species that have that potential. These...

Super Tough Salvias
Are you ready for tough? What plants can handle alkaline or clay soils, salt spray, no to little summer irrigation, are deer resistant and low...

Winter Citrus Protection
Here is a short article we published a few years ago from Four Winds Growers that may be of interest to many of us. Cold weather protection for our...

Stormageddon 2017
Our forecast here on the Central Coast is for lots of rain in the coming days. While it may be too late to implement any big changes for this series...

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