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Gardening  // articles & tips

It’s Summer! Check Out Some Suggested Outside Projects & Water/Energy Saving Tips!

Before Fall takes hold, it’s a good time to do certain outside projects such as: * Exterior painting (while it’s warm and dry) * Preparation for Harvest Season (if you’re growing fruits and vegetables) * Use harvested rainwater to augment or replace your city water * Continue weeding routines * Cut and hang to dry...

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Using Ferns and Roses for Summer Flower Arrangements

June and July are both sunny and warm – ideal conditions for roses to bloom profusely.  Add water and a consistent routine of “dead-heading” the spent blooms and you’ll have lots of flowers available to become indoor table arrangements.  Roses like deep watering (a good soaking of their roots) every week or so.  Be sure...

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Spring is upon us!

Get those vegetables planted. Use dried and crushed eggshells around your baby vegetable plants. This has a double benefit: 1) the crushed eggshells nourish the baby plant root systems, and 2) snails and slugs don’t like the crushed shell dust. Pull weeds and remove dead parts (compost these). Mulch areas where dirt is showing. Recycle...

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Getting Ready for Spring

By the beginning of February you should have pruned any perennials, shrubs or roses for size and shape. The same goes for your fruit trees but they also need spraying with a Lime Sulfur mixture for “Peach Curl”. Since we also have lots of trouble with Thrips here in the Silicon Valley, cleaning up dead...

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Art-in-the-Garden Tip

Artistic objects made of glass, metal and stone survive well outside. Wooden artistic bits need regular painting.  Either singly or in groups, these artistic objects can be hung on walls or tucked in corners where plants have a hard time growing. Placement of art in the garden, as well as the quality and quantity depends entirely...

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