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    Larry Rettig’s melancholy and ‘Summer Treasures’

    by  • October 15, 2012 • Something different, Summer, Weather • 0 Comments

    Leaf miners eat leaves in a pattern, never seemingly to cross its own path

    Here in the Sierra foothills of California, sometimes the Autumn season brings a feeling of melancholy to gardeners, faced with drooping faded flowers, drizzly rains and overcast skies. Larry Rettig, a member of Dave’s Garden website, pondered this feeling one day while out walking and a poem just came to him that expressed all...

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    Up at dawn

    by  • May 19, 2012 • Something different, Spring, Weather • 4 Comments

    Do you get up early?  I do,…but have found that many couples have one.  One that gets up at dawn and the other who sleeps through it all. The cool air, the purplish cast in the early, early dawn, the soft peeping of the first birds all draw me out to sleepily make my...

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    Highlights of 2011 in the Sierra Foothill Garden

    by  • December 30, 2011 • Garden, Projects, Something different, Winter • 0 Comments

    In evaluating the year, as folks often do as the New Year approaches, its nice to think back to some of the best things experienced in the garden in 2011. These are enjoyable thoughts and the belief that gardening adds so much to one’s life, as does exploring and learning new things, is confirmed as I look over my posts. Here...

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    How will you garden in 2012?

    by  • December 28, 2011 • Garden, Something different • 3 Comments

    I am interested in business practices in general after owning my own small company for 20 years and became fascinated by how businesses get their customers, specifically how trends are set to direct spending. This is off my normal topic but may interest you if you plan on spending any money this year on...

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    Blog Archive Happiness

    by  • November 16, 2011 • How to, Something different • 7 Comments

      –Nov 16  Today, I’m happy because I have found a way to create a blog archive in one step. On my wordpress.org blog, the easiest in the world, here’s what you do.  Click on Add New Page and type this: …that’s all.  Now you have a nice list of every post you’ve written, easy...

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    Hot as an oven, …a California ghost town

    by  • September 2, 2011 • Field Trip, History, Sierra Foothills, Something different, Summer • 7 Comments

    St Catherine's Church cemetery, little ovens

    Field Trip: Hornitos On a recent photo trek through the area between the Sierra foothills and the Central Valley of California, the little tiny town of Hornitos was found, baking in the 105 degree heat. My brother Ken accompanied me. Quiet and deserted now, the one-street town once had 15,000 people living there, Mexicans...

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    How to make Hypertufa Troughs

    by  • August 6, 2011 • Garden, Garden art, How to, Projects, Something different • 10 Comments

    Finished but still drying

    What are hypertufa troughs? Hypertufa (pronounced hyper-toofa) is a mixture of peat moss, perlite, cement and water. Old stone watering troughs in England could be found in farmer’s fields, sometimes built into stone walls to provide water for two fields of livestock. These troughs are usually one-of-a-kind, and very rare and desirable to alpine gardeners and plant...

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