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September in the Garden

By Peyton / September 6, 2022

According to folklore, “cool August nights means a hot September.” If that is true, we should have a cool, pleasant month ahead, since August nights were not what I would call cool. Just the shorter days will force temperatures at least a little lower. And that means fall planting is around the corner. To me […]

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August in the Garden

By Peyton / August 9, 2022

August can be a light work month in the garden, assuming you have repaired water leaks and kept the weeds, diseases, and pest insects to a manageable level. The main job this month is to conserve water in every way you can and plan on ways you can make your garden more drought resilient. For […]

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July in the Garden

By Peyton / July 11, 2022

            We’ve had a lovely long spring, but summer is inevitable. We are learning this again, as we do every year, in July, our historically hottest and driest month of the year. Keep things easy this month, on you and the garden. Work in the mornings, stay hydrated and ease off the pruning and fertilizing. […]

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May in the Garden

By Peyton / May 14, 2022

We’ve had a wonderful spring this year. Whatever May brings, let’s remember that we have been gifted with cool days and nights, a few late storms that brought snow and some rain, and an abundance of flowers and other signs of vigorous life in our gardens. I’ve been working on photographing pollinating insects this spring, […]

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April in the Garden

By Peyton / April 22, 2022

Sorry this is getting posted so late!! What happened? Perhaps it’s spring??? Hopefully you have done all of this and you just say “check,” “yep, did that,” and “already got it covered!” May tips will post in a couple of weeks. Peyton Spring in the garden! Expect flowers. And weeds. And baby birds. And aphids. […]

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March in the Garden

By Peyton / March 15, 2022

The month is half over already! It must be spring…busy days. You’ve probably already done about half of these garden chores! If so, you’re ahead of me. But I love being outside during these warm (not hot!!) days with cool mornings, green hills, wild flowers blooming and lots of wild activity. I don’t even mind […]

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Spring Planting

By Peyton / February 21, 2022

          You hear it often that Autumn is the best season to plant in California. This is true, but you can plant in the spring. And how can we not be outside when the weather is so gorgeous? And really, we must do something besides battling weeds, right? There are many California native plants that […]

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February in the Garden

By Peyton / February 5, 2022

Is it spring yet? Many days in February feel like spring. But we still might get a frost. Fog, rain, snow and even hail are not out of the picture. It’s a transition month. Enjoy it; summer will arrive soon enough. There’s plenty to do in the garden this month! PLANTING:  You can transplant most […]

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January in the Garden

By Peyton / January 4, 2022

            Happy New Year! Hopefully this is a month of continuing snow, rain, fog and misty mornings. That’s just what our climate-adapted gardens 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 all this frosty damp weather. […]

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December in the Garden

By Peyton / December 17, 2021

You’re probably way ahead of me and have taken care of all of these monthly tasks, right? On the other hand, relax. It’s gardening. Supposed to be enjoyable. Accomplish what you can in this busy season, appreciate the season, and delight in the pleasant surprises of the neglected garden. The photo of the veggies below […]

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November in the Garden

By Peyton / November 8, 2021

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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October in the Garden

By Peyton / October 14, 2021

We’ve had a taste of autumn already in September this year, but October is really when sweater season starts. We can still have many warm, or even hot, days, these are balanced by the shorter days and cooler nights. If you are paying attention, you will notice more irrigation water run off and puddling. You […]

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