• About Sue Langley

    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.

    Planting Dudleya in a brick

    by  • June 6, 2013 • Plant Profiles

    Canyon Live-forever or Rock Lettuce, Dudleya cymosa, is a great California native for containers.  This container is a brick found at the lake and probably used as an anchor along the shore.  I found a better use for it and planted a small dudleya in each opening.   It’s lived happily here for two...

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    Trying out a straw bale garden

    by  • May 23, 2013 • Edibles, Garden

    A Straw Bale Garden?  Sure, I love experiments! Recently I decided to try the technique called straw bale gardening, after an online chat with the author, Joel Karsten, who wrote the book, Straw Bale Gardens. My garden is on a mountainside in Central California. See the steps I took in this experiment! My Ranch...

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    Our good Sierra foothill soil

    by  • April 17, 2013 • Garden, Spring

    Our ‘bad’ soil…? I get comments all the time about ‘our bad soil’ in the Oakhurst, Coarsegold and North Fork areas.  Giving this some thought, I’m wondering if gardeners are making use of the natural ‘mulch’ we have in pine needles and oak leaves. After doing some reading on the tannins in oak leaves,...

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    Rainy Spring Walk with Maggie

    by  • April 4, 2013 • Garden, Spring

    On a rainy day in April, I still take Maggie for her daily walk in the garden.  It’s not cold and though Maggie’s not a fan of wet, she loves to walk and sniff, waggy, waggy…she sniffs everything!  Just yesterday, I was weeding the meadow, dressed in a t-shirt and jeans, with the sun...

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    Secrets for a weed free garden

    by  • March 15, 2013 • Garden, Sierra Foothills, Winter

    Plants are closely planted

    One year of seeds brings seven years of weeds! Three things will make your life easier when it comes to weeds in your garden… #1 Mulch I use mulch around the plants in my garden as a lazy way to manage weeds. After three years of mulching your garden, you’ll see that your weeding chores have...

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    Changes at Sierra Foothill Garden

    by  • March 13, 2013 • Sierra Foothills

    Hello! Just wanted all my blog followers to know that I have switched from WordPress.com to WordPress.org and now my url is www.sierrafoothillgarden.com. What led to this change? First, I found that I need to go back to work temporarily…hopefully for just a few years. This is a big change in lifestyle for me,...

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    What to do in Winter in the Sierra foothills garden

    by  • December 27, 2012 • Winter

    'Iceberg' Roses

    Plant sweet peas. Between rains you can plant sweet peas along a fence or trellis.  It’s amazing how sturdy the stems are on this delicate looking plant. Plant bulbs.  Many bulbs are on sale now and can be planted in groups of 5 or 6 about 6 inches deep. When March arrives, stop and...

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    Violas over daffodils

    by  • November 29, 2012 • Fall, Garden, How to, Plant Profiles, Projects

    End of March 2011, everybody's fine!

    Violas and pansies are perfect daffodil partners Last year, I planted violas over the mini daffodils in patio pots and want to do the same this year. Deer don’t bother these on the patio,…they rarely come up the concrete steps any more and they aren’t attracted to either plant.  It’s a safe zone.  ...

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    A favorite junk store and a favorite day

    by  • November 24, 2012 • Winter

    Finding a color scheme, Bauer pots and Talavera

    My Favorite Junk Store and Why I Like It I’m itchin’ to go to the junk stores again. Boy do I miss the “ARC Store” (Assoc of Retarded Citizens) in Fullerton, CA, near where I used to live. They’d bring new things in by the box-full EVERY DAY from the greater Los Angeles area...

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    California native meadow project – third year

    by  • November 19, 2012 • Meadow project

    To prepare for a community garden club talk on this meadow project today, this slideshow was put together to show highlights from the first two years. This will give you an idea of what changes have been made from this former weedy field! First I seeded the meadow the first year, 2010, with California...

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    When every leaf is a flower

    by  • November 13, 2012 • Design, Fall, Garden

    One evening near dark, I lost myself as I wandered, looking for turning leaves around the place. “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  Albert Camus French “the quicker you are in attaching verbal or mental labels to things, people, or situations, the more shallow and lifeless your reality becomes,...

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    Bringing home ‘rescued’ plants

    by  • September 15, 2012 • Plant Profiles, Winter

    Brown leaves will fall and hopefully sprout again in spring!

    How to choose end-of-season sale plants Every year, while visiting my favorite nurseries, I prowl the sale tables in late August and September.  I cheerfully call these plants that I purchase “rescued plants.”  I bring them home at a much discounted price and find them a home in my garden so that they can...

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