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    Planting wildflower ‘muffins’

    by  • April 15, 2011 • Garden, How to, Spring • 4 Comments

    The seedlings were ready to be planted.  They were sown last January first, from the same CA native wildflower seed mix from S&S Seeds purchased last Fall and sown for the meadow project. The blocks were a bit dry after a week of no rain and the seed tray was deep enough that a fork worked well to lift or...

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    Gardening without Pain

    by  • March 12, 2011 • Garden, How to • 2 Comments

    What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.  ~Charles Dudley Warner Since our backs don’t have hinges, we need to take a few precautions, before getting into the strenuous jobs in the garden. Whether it’s simply wearing gloves and protective eyewear or strengthening and stretching muscles, a...

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    Planning a large forest garden

    by  • March 5, 2011 • Garden, How to, Projects, Winter • 15 Comments

    Becoming stewards of our forest For some of us, here in the California foothills, especially those who live near the national forest, nature provides the perfect landscaping. Using the existing trees and native plants can help your garden design blend smoothly into the surrounding landscape.  Caring for  a large forest property has its challenges and...

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    Have you ever baked a pumpkin?

    by  • December 1, 2010 • How to, Projects • 2 Comments

    Here’s a good reason to do so: When you have a pumpkin left over from Halloween and Thanksgiving, what can you do with it?  If it is still firm, you can bake it and use it for making holiday treats, saving some of the puree in the freezer for later. If my pumpkin has...

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    My easy seed saving system

    by  • August 15, 2010 • How to, Summer • 3 Comments

    In late summer, Nature has a way of reproducing each plant and all you have to do is take notice of how it’s done naturally.  Take a good look at your flowers and vegetable plants and notice that their seeds are developing. The seed pods start to swell and dry when the plant has achieved its...

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    How to: Meat Bee Trap

    by  • August 4, 2010 • How to, Wildlife • 58 Comments

    Meat bee trap

    Some folks can live and let live in the garden, but meat bees push my limits! A friend told me about this simple way to make a trap for pesky meat bees (or yellow jackets) that can keep them from getting between you and that bite of juicy hamburger next time you BBQ.

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