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Honey Bee Haven Open House

With a half acre site dedicated to making pollinators happy, the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven is a great place to explore varieties of plants appropriate for local gardens and ideal for bees of all stripes. While the flora has been picked to attract bees, the profusion of blooms is also attractive to humans, many of […]

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Bee Informed

Bee Informed

The UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery is a Davis treasure. Tours, classes, family activities and the most wonderful plant sales are big attractions here. Last Saturday Robbin Thorpe professor emeritus of entomology, and Neal Williams, assistant professor of entomology,  spoke to a chilly and windblown but enthusiastic group of gardeners about native pollinators and, in […]

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Green Tomato Ripening

Green Tomato Ripening

The end of tomato season is in sight. Tomato plant leaves are looking bedraggled, clouds of white flies erupt whenever the plants get jostled, and ripening has slowed to a crawl. Yet there may still be a good number of green tomatoes hanging on those fading plants.  It can be fun to see how late […]

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 Spring Flowers Start Now

Spring Flowers Start Now

The spring flower garden can appear like magic…if you wave your trowel in autumn. Many of the traditional spring bloomers come from bulbs or corms and it is not at all too late to place an order from any of the online specialty bulbs dealers like Brent and Becky’s Bulbs or Old House Gardens. Just […]

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Planting the Winter Garden

Planting the Winter Garden

The weather may not be quite agreeing, but the truth is that summer is coming to an end and the time is here to get winter gardens going. It may be difficult to remember what January can be like (think fog, fog, fog, rain, fog) when it is pushing 100 degrees and the sun is […]

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Exploring "The Herbal Kitchen"

Exploring “The Herbal Kitchen”

If you are one of the many who are enjoying home grown food, local author Kami McBride has something to tell you. She’d like you to think about growing some of your own medicine in that same garden plot. And she says that a portion of that food you are already growing is medicine and […]

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