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April in the Garden

By Peyton / April 2, 2024

Are you enjoying spring so far? We are enjoying another “superbloom” year for native wildflowers. If you can, take a drive to see some of the wildflowers. In our gardens, too, we should see foliage growth and flowers. This is a month of plenty of activity and plenty of chances to be outside enjoying and […]

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March in the Garden

By Peyton / March 3, 2024

Will March be rainy, frosty, windy, sunny, snowy, or all of the above? That would be normal. Spring is in the air, but we could have reminders of winter and hints of summer all month. Then again, we could have endless warm days and cool nights. That is all typical of spring in foothill, mountain […]

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February in the Garden

By Peyton / February 3, 2024

Is it spring yet? Many days in February feel like spring. Early wildflowers have appeared. Some trees are starting to leaf out already. But we still might get frost, fog, rain, snow and even hail. It’s a transition month which means change which means expect variety, in the weather and in our gardens. Enjoy watching […]

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January in the Garden

By Peyton / January 23, 2024

(Revised)             January is the month of rain, snow, ice, freezing temperatures, fog and wind. Sound good? Although plant and soil organism 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. And what moisture […]

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December in the Garden

By Peyton / December 20, 2023

            December is the coldest month of the year in our area, and the winter solstice occurs this year on Thursday, December 21 at 7:27 P.M. That’s the moment the sun reaches the Tropic of Capricorn, which is the equatorial line cutting through South America, the tip of Africa and through Australia. At noon, the […]

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October in the Garden

By Peyton / October 5, 2023

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 runoff and puddling. You may […]

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September in the Garden

By Peyton / September 4, 2023

I’m thinking of “resilience” as we enter September and a new season. After years of drought, this year has brought historic flooding to end winter and enter spring, heat waves but also periods of unseasonably cool summer weather, thunderstorms and wind, a tornado or two, and measurable, in some cases significant, rain in August. What […]

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August in the Garden

By Christina Morris / August 15, 2023

Bonus web-only content: June seemed to go on for six weeks. July was two weeks. August is lining up nicely with the Julian calendar (so far). Expect another heat wave or two. Watch night time temperatures more than daytime. If temps are in 60’s, the plants can cool off. If nighttime temps are in the […]

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July in the Garden

By Peyton / July 14, 2023

            “We’ve had a lovely long spring, but summer is inevitable.” I wrote that last year for the July Garden Tips, but it applies this year as well. It seemed like June went on forever, weather wise, and I’m not complaining! But, beginning this weekend, July has arrived. With the snow still on the mountains […]

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June in the Garden

By Peyton / June 16, 2023

These articles are written a month before publication and appear in the Visalia Times Delta and The Porterville Recorder at the beginning of every month. Then I reprint here…a bit later often so I can make any adjustments based on current weather. Thanks for reading!           June means hot and dry weather, with occasional drops in […]

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May in the Garden

By Christina Morris / May 11, 2023

Welcome to those of you who recently subscribed, at the Visalia Earth Day event or at the Blue Oak nursery! Every month I publish a general gardening “to do” blog which includes California native, exotic ornamentals and edibles. Newsletters focusing on native species and gardening go out seasonally and/or when there’s an event or news […]

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April in the Garden

By Peyton / April 7, 2023

Dare we believe that spring is here? 2023 is shaping up to be a year of super blooms. If you can, take a drive to see some of the wildflowers, but be careful because roadways may remain flooded all month and new roadways may flood. In our gardens, too, we should see foliage growth and […]

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