• Intermountain Nursery’s Harvest & Peace Festival 2015

    by  • October 26, 2015

    Music goes on all day at the Harvest and Peace Festival

    Objective: Fall planting Ca Natives,…and to have fun! Each October, on my birthday weekend, a favorite nursery plans it’s annual celebration and harvest festival.  I’m so flattered!  But really, since Fall is the best time to plant here in the foothills, I go to this event for fun and also with an objective. The...

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    Make a garden apron from jeans. No sewing!

    by  • October 6, 2015

    Apron from jeans

    Besides, talking bee and butterfly plants and using less pesticides  at the last Garden Workshop in Oakhurst the other Sunday, I demonstrated how to make a garden apron from Tractor Man’s old jeans,… …in two minutes! It’s easy to make a garden apron from an old pair of jeans. You just need to know...

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    Fall planting in the Sierra foothills

    by  • September 30, 2015

    Part 1-The whys and hows Working along with nature Instead of planting in the Spring and having to water your plants all through the Summer, why not rely on Nature to water them for you? Planting in the Fall, providing water just at the start, will allow the plants to establish deep roots before...

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    Grinding holes in the Sierra Foothills

    by  • September 23, 2015

    Grinding holes

    Looking into the Sierra Foothill’s past Generations ago —women would gather at these spots to grind their acorn meats. “That’s where they would go get to work. That’s their kitchen — they would keep that very clean,” “You’ll find different holes at different depths. Traditionally, they like a shallower hole to pound the acorn...

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    Finding Seven Rock

    by  • August 4, 2015

    Seven 7 rock

    Locating a local landmark 7 Rock is a landmark referred to in the coverage of the recent Willow Fire, smoldering now, as this is written. Just where is 7 rock? ‘7 Rock’ is a granite formation surrounded by green pine trees, high on a mountain in the Sierra national Forest. It can be found...

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    Last day of June in the garden

    by  • July 2, 2015

    Cupflower, or Nierembergia

    What I’m REALLY doing in the garden…last day of June I just came in from an hour out in the garden! Yep, from 6:30am to now, I puttered in the garden doing what I call ‘watering as needed.’ Lamb’s ears are a good ‘indicator plant’ for watering and when this VERY hardy plant droops,...

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    ‘First week of June’ gardening day

    by  • June 10, 2015

    Cleveland sage

    Just came in from the garden,…perfect day to be out there, especially with my camera. There was really nice, even lighting. Come see what I’m doing in the garden and what is blooming now in June. I’ve been trimming the lower branches off oaks and manzanita, …I’ll pull all that ivy, (from 1 4″...

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    June Bloom in the Sierra foothill garden

    by  • May 31, 2015

    Autumn sage, Flax and Lamb's ear

    Half the year is over and in the garden I’m walking around taking stock.  June usually means the real riotous bloom of the Iris, fruit trees and bulbs is dying down.  Now the dry garden can be the spotlight. Our climate is very close to that of the Mediterranean. We can grow all the...

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    New gardening column debuts in Sierra Star | News | SierraStar.com

    by  • April 30, 2015

    A new column,”Sierra Foothill Gardener,” is debuting in today’s edition of the Sierra Star. Written by Sue Langley of North Fork, the column will provide valuable and informative gardening tips and ideas for Sierra Star and sierrastar.com readers. Langley was a member of the Oakhurst Mountain Laurel Garden Club for six years, serving as...

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    The Wildflowers: Yellows and whites

    by  • April 29, 2015

    Wildflowers yellows and whites

    “What’s blooming Wednesday” In the Sierra foothills, after the blues, of Lupine, Vetch and Blue dicks, the early Spring wildflowers: The blues, come the yellows and whites of April. Have you seen these? All over the roadsides now you’ll see blooming Elderberry bushes, with lemony white umbrel (Umbrella) shaped flowers. have you wondered about...

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    Growing veggies in the remnants of a straw bale garden

    by  • April 2, 2015

    Straw bale remnant garden

    This Year’s Veg Garden Experiment: The last two years have been straw bale gardens with great success!  This year, there is still so much straw that I decided to see how the tomatoes and peppers would do in the remnants of composted soil and leftover straw. When observing the garden for the first time...

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    Spring wildflowers: The blues

    by  • March 30, 2015

    Spring wildflowers Blues

    Driving the foothills: Stopping and turning around…. We had to stop and turn around to photograph this field of Lupine, Vetch and Blue dicks under the oaks growing thickly in a patch. Iridescent blues just glowed here in a flowery show right next to the roadside not far from our home near Oakhurst. To...

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    Then and now, a slope full of blooming shrubs

    by  • March 25, 2015

    Then and Now a slope of blooming shrubs

    In a series of Then and Now photos, it’s satisfying to look back nostalgically to see how far we have come.  Bought in 2000, and in a completely natural area, we’ve striven to preserve the beauty of our 7 acres near the Sierra foothills of California, as we make a place for ourselves in this beautiful...

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    Winter welcome in the Sierra foothill garden

    by  • December 17, 2014

    Winter garden 2014

    A Winter walk-around What’s blooming? What’s happening? A walk through my garden just before Winter begins. First off, the patio has been cleared of summer projects, tools, soil and extra containers! I’ve put three sugar cones in three pots to act as a winter centerpiece for the table and all the cushions are in...

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    In praise of Intermountain Nursery

    by  • October 8, 2014

    Intermountain-Nursery

    Celebrating a fine nursery… Have you been here?  I hope so! We are very fortunate to have a nursery nearby that purchases and grows plants that are perfect for our foothill gardens.  Besides having a wide variety of California native and drought tolerant Mediterranean plants, Bonnie Bladen, her husband Ray Laclergue and their staff...

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    The colors of Autumn in the Sierra foothill garden…

    by  • October 6, 2014

    Colors of Autumn

    October in the foothill garden Walking around the garden here in the foothills of Central California, I feel we’re really nearing the end of the gardening season.  I’m tired.  Tired of watering and ready to rake everything, gather up the rest of the clippings,  neaten the garden and come in for some rainy days....

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    Heat-proof your Sierra foothill garden

    by  • June 8, 2014

    Heatproof garden

    In our third year of drought in the Sierra foothills, we search for ways to allow our gardens to survive.   Here, you’ll see how to make your garden thrive!  Learn which plants to grow, how to water and how to preserve that water once it’s in the soil.  Included is a print and keep...

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    The Lavender Experiment

    by  • May 11, 2014

    Lavender fields

    What happens if you don’t trim lavender? You all may know I like garden experiments. For the last two years I’ve been experimenting with my Spanish lavender field and NOT trimming the blooms off. This is the field a week ago that I’ve not trimmed OR watered and as I went up to inspect,...

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