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If your plants suffered in recent fire, here’s how to move forward

Potatoes sprouting after fire (Photo courtesy of Steve Test)

The recent Wine Country fires were devastating, to say the least!  Unfortunately, lives and thousands of homes were lost, not to mention pets, livestock,...

Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2:09 PM

Try growing fragrant plants to mask dog odors in the yard

Cooper’s outdoor space with her own lawn chair and other amenities.

Do you own a dog? If so, you probably have a designated outdoor space where your pet can relieve itself. Our dog, Cooper is very much loved and VERY spoiled....

Posted on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 3:57 PM

Grow a fabulous off-season garden

Even if you are not planting cool-season veggies, herbs or flowering plants this fall, you should plant a cover crop in your garden and/or raised beds to enrich the soil for next season.

Gardening in the cool season is easy and low-maintenance yet very productive. There are hundreds of varieties of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and ornamentals...

Posted on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 4:06 PM

Make sure your landscaping is fire-resistant

Minimize fire hazards by removing highly flammable materials and plants (such as Italian cypress, pine, fir, spruce, eucalyptus, junipers, palms, Japanese honeysuckle and some ornamental grasses) from close proximity to your house, and create fire-safe zones with concrete or stone patios, walkways and driveways.

Although it really isn't possible to have a “fire-proof” landscape, there are many things you can do to help protect your home from the ravages of...

Posted on Monday, September 4, 2017 at 3:26 PM

How to stay safe, healthy when working outdoors in hot weather

With a few precautions and the right clothing and tools, gardening in midsummer can be just has productive and pleasant as in spring or fall.

As gardeners, we often worry about the health of our plants and soil — but we don't often stop to think of the state of our own health! If, like me, you...

Posted on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 1:11 PM

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