Published March 23, 2013
It's taken only a few warm, sunny days and spring has sprung. Were you ready? If you haven't put seeds in the ground yet, don't worry, there's still plenty of time to sow for summer blooms — and time to clean out weeds before they all mature,...
Published February 22, 2013
In any season, white, cream, and yellow highlights on trees, shrubs, or perennials create an impressive contrast. But in winter's low light, the contrast becomes one of any garden's best assets.
Published December 22, 2012
Kitschy garden ornaments have never had much appeal for me, so I was pleasantly surprised last month at the good looks of a small, antique iron cart filled with trailing asparagus ferns and yellow chrysanthemums. It sat on an entry porch exuding a...
Published September 22, 2012
It always amazes me when I hear gardeners talk about the season winding down at the end of summer, the work load diminishing, the anticipation of an empty garden during the rainy season.
Published August 25, 2012
It seems too out-of-season to think about winter at the end of August, but despite our revels in tomatoes, squashes, melons and other summer delights, anyone who wants a winter garden and hasn't already sown seeds or set out transplants needs to do...
Published July 28, 2012
July has always been a welcome month in my garden. Despite heat waves that briefly descend on us nearly every midsummer, these weeks bring a quiet period after stretches of planting and fertilizing, trimming and mulching. At last there's ample time...
Published June 23, 2012
After a couple years of thinking that the deer population had somewhat declined, I'm now witnessing an explosion of bucks in my garden. A gang of four has moved in, quite comfortably napping all hours of the day, nibbling here and there at...
Published June 22, 2012
SEBASTOPOLBamboo is emerging as a popular, and sustainable wood product in construction. Learn how to work with it — cut, pin, split, weave, tie, bend and join — at two upcoming workshops at Bamboo Sourcery in Sebastopol.
Published May 24, 2012
Looking for shrubs to replace a lawn?Home gardeners who replace their lawns are looking for savings of one kind or another, but often have difficulty finding a pleasing variety of species that require only minimal maintenance.
Published April 26, 2012
Home gardeners who have replaced their lawns can find themselves spending more time clipping and grooming than they had expected. It's always a challenge to find the right plants and often takes trial and error before we hit upon the ones that...
Published February 23, 2012
Climate change or not, late February still signals gardeners to prep for planting. Amid all the hubbub over starting tomato, cucumber, and zucchini seeds, let's not forget that we still have at least 3 months left for cool-season crops.