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Not That Kind of Shrub

Not That Kind of Shrub

My daughter recently introduced me to shrubs. No, not the ones you plant for structural interest in the garden. These are the kind that have become popular with the artisanal cocktail crowd and they are made by combining fruit and hot vinegar and letting it steep before straining and adding sugar. Made as far back […]

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No Rules Pasta and Veggies

No Rules Pasta and Veggies

The summer vegetables are finally a reality. If you are too busy enjoying summer to spend much time cooking this is the recipe for you. Fresh, delicate, and simple is the way to go so start the pasta water because the veggies are almost done! Almost any veggies will do so go check what is […]

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A Ceramic Artist's Garden

A Ceramic Artist’s Garden

The garden of an artist is a special place. Many gardeners, finding the urge to add accents almost as compelling as the need to plant the flowers, have placed decorative pieces between the rudbeckia and the lilies. An artist has the advantage of being able to create something personal and meaningful and then site it […]

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Lovely Lavender

Lovely Lavender

Lavender has a lot going for it. It can take the heat of a Central California summer, it is a bee magnet, hummingbirds love it, it can be used in sachets, perfumes, and even cooking. Different varieties bloom at different times of the year, perfuming the air for varying lengths of time. While most are […]

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The Good, the Bad, the Hungry

The Good, the Bad, the Hungry

It’s summertime and the garden is getting crowded. Pollinators are everywhere, rushing in a nectar collecting frenzy from bloom to bloom. Bees, syrphid flies, butterflies, moths, and more, crowd the flowers planted to attract them into the vegetable garden. Now that the tomatoes, peppers, beans and cucurbits have begun to bloom pollinators are in place […]

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Small Yard? Go Up!

Small Yard? Go Up!

If you have a small yard you might think you can’t have a big, splashy, colorful garden. But if you, like the architects in Inception, look at all your space and don’t allow yourself to be tied to just the flat surface of your yard, you will find a huge area waiting to be used. […]

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