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March in the Garden

March 24, 2023

My apologies for the late post. I went to Louisiana right at the beginning of the month (where it was warmer and drier than California), and then returned to enroll (is that the word?) my dad on hospice and then he passed away March 21. He was a good man, great gardener and teacher, a …

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February in the Garden

February 12, 2023

Is it spring yet? Many days in February feel like spring. But we still might get frost. Fog, rain, snow and even hail are not out of the picture. It’s a transition month. Manzanita is blooming, along with early wildflowers like mustard and fiddleneck. Marah (native wild cucumber) is coming up everywhere in some gardens, …

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January in the Garden

January 5, 2023

            Happy New Year! If we (and our soils!) can manage the extra water this month, our gardens will be happy. That’s just what our climate-adapted plants want. Although growth slows down in the cold soils of winter, some growth continues, often only underground. Our winter and early-spring blooming shrubs, bulbs and perennials love frosty …

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December in the Garden

December 16, 2022

Oh dear! Apologies for the late posting this month! Hopefully you will read this and be able to check this list, “Yes, did that,” and “Yes, already done…” Happy Holidays to you all and thanks for reading!             December is the coldest month of the year in our area, and the winter solstice occurs on …

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November in the Garden

November 8, 2022

Autumn is in full gear this month. This is a great time to plant almost any tree, shrub, perennial, ground cover, wildflower seeds and the last of spring-flowering bulbs. While the days are shorter and storms may affect our ability to work outdoors (we can hope for many such interruptions!), it is generally more pleasant …

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