Greening the Garden

Greening the Garden

(February 23, 2017) My column last month focused on how sustainable landscaping promotes biodiversity. Following are several other important components of sustainable landscaping. Conserve water In this era of water shortages, a sustainable...

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Sowing Seeds of Sustainability

(February 2, 2017) I don't know about you, but the last thing I want to do in this weather is go outside and muck around in the garden. I thought about writing...

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Going Natural

(January 5, 2017) Let's start the new year with some good news! We are constantly bombarded with bad news, most of which we can do little about. So here's the good news —...

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Fruit Tree Pruning 101

(December 22, 2016) People often hire me to prune their fruit trees this time of year. While I appreciate the work, most basic pruning, especially on young trees that haven't been previously damaged...

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Season's Greetings for the Garden

(December 8, 2016) Take a look at your garden right now. Do you like what you see? Creating gardens that are attractive in all four seasons is one of the goals of landscape...

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Bring us a Shrubbery!

Best plants for an edible hedge

(November 24, 2016) No garden is complete without a yummy patch of edible, perennial shrubbery! Even a small garden can squeeze in a few brambles, berries or 'chokes. To create a low-maintenance food...

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Lying Low in the Garden

(November 10, 2016) What are low-maintenance plants? These are plants that are hardy in your region and adapted to local soil and climate conditions (think native plants); plants that thrive without heavy watering...

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For the Love of Figs

(October 27, 2016) I can't stop eating them. There's a fig tree at the place where I am staying and I can't seem to keep them out of my mouth! It's a huge tree, maybe...

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Keeping it Simple

Effort-to-reward ratios in the garden

(October 13, 2016) Low maintenance, low maintenance, low maintenance. This seems to be the mantra of gardeners today. And given our fast-paced lives, it's not surprising. Low maintenance can and should be designed...

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If You Guild It, They Will Come

How to grow a food forest

(September 22, 2016) In a forest, the plants collaborate. They take turns blooming, share space, distribute different nutrients and succeed each other over generations. In our home gardens, we can create diverse, low-maintenance...

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Digging Deep

Adding a personal dimension to your garden

(September 8, 2016) How do we experience a garden? Probably the first thing we notice is the visual aspect — the colors, textures and overall design that appeal to us. We may also...

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Small is Beautiful

Big yields from little gardens

(August 25, 2016) There are plenty of good reasons to develop a skill set for growing food in small spaces. Maybe you only have a tiny balcony with sun for half the day?...

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A Midsummer Checklist

What to do in the Garden in July and August

(July 21, 2016) If you're anything like me, this is the time of year you live for. The garden is popping, flowers are blooming, and there's more zucchini than you know what to...

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Homegrown Gazpacho

(June 16, 2016) I spent almost a year living in Granada, Spain. The whole city is filled with gardens. Figs and pomegranates grow as weeds; Mediterranean climate at its very best. And...

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Gardening Grab Bag

What's new and cool in the gardening world

(June 2, 2016) Every spring, the gardening world explodes with an almost overwhelming array of new plants, books, tools and techniques. While most of it isn't cool enough to bother with (do we...

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Mmm, Melons!

How to get a good harvest in a marginal climate

(May 19, 2016) If you're a North Coast gardener and you feel like melons are easy to grow, please, message me! I want to learn your methods. I have found this crop to...

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