GARDEN

No time to garden? No place to garden? There’s an easy solution — plant your garden in containers. There are a variety of benefits to container gardening, as well as many options. Figuring out what’s best for your available space can be challenging, since there are so many different types of containers and plants from [...]

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Although there are many definitions of an herb, a simple one that’s easy to remember is “a plant from which roots, stems, leaves, flowers or fruits are used for medicine, food, flavoring or fragrance.” Now you may ask, “Isn’t that most of the plant kingdom?” My reply is “Yes!” and that is why I love [...]

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THE MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATE of Marin County is ideal for cultivating olive trees. A number of commercial olive farms have taken root in our county. But any household garden may have enough room for one olive tree — and that is all you need. The commercial growers cultivate trees that produce olives for oil. The backyard [...]

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A common question lately is “Should I give up on my tomatoes?” Many novice as well as veteran tomato growers are seeing less-than-stellar performance with their crops this year. A typical complaint is that plants haven’t grown as large this year as they usually do. Others are noticing much less fruit than normal. Some gardeners [...]

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Employment Services Division Manager Alex Reichl said Community Industries Corp. has decided to step outside of its business plan. The nonprofit typically serves people with disabilities, helping them find employment, transportation, participate in activities such as shopping and exercising, and providing their families with temporary relief from care giving. The organization will add running an [...]

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Years ago, this part of the summer often would find Angela Collins working the garden patch, toiling at the elbow of one or another grandparent. All four of her mother and father’s Italian-born parents were avid gardeners, and Collins naturally followed their lead. The 15-year Naperville resident still tends a small patch of vegetables in [...]

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Nothing says summer like a garden full of big, juicy tomatoes. Here are some tips to keep your tomato plants healthy and productive. • Support the plants. Tomatoes are vines and want to lay their fruit on the ground to spread seeds as far as possible; we gardeners want that fruit for ourselves. For indeterminate [...]

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I just got back from picking blueberries. I happened to see the farm sign in Sale Creek and stopped during my lunch hour. Less than an hour later, I had picked more than eight pounds for about $10. That’s not counting the handfuls I ate while picking. Pollination was excellent, and fruit set was incredible [...]

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I’ve heard this said millions of times, “How come my plants and grass go south during hot weather, but the weeds keep growing?” We all know weeds are hard to pull when the ground is dry during a drought. You have to water them to get them out. But why do they grow so well [...]

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Gardening in the “Dog Days of Summer” When chatting with fellow Master Gardeners and local nurserymen, the kind of gardeners who have advanced degrees in Horticulture or landscape architecture and have been in the business for 40 years, the question was raised: What should you do in the dog-days of summer garden? The answer was a [...]

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More and more American consumers are going local, focusing on nearby ingredients and producers. Even more impressive is the trend for people to go the extra step and start their own food gardens. In fact, my family has recently done just that. Buy local is a movement aimed at supporting businesses in your area while [...]

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Ah, July … it brings back memories of helping mother can and freeze copious amounts of fresh-from-the-field vegetables and fruits. We didn’t have a garden, but mother knew every truck farmer for miles around. Without warning, she would arrive home with four or more bushels of speckled butter beans and purple-hull peas, etc. We canned [...]

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When chatting with fellow Master Gardeners and local nurserymen, the kind of gardeners who have advanced degrees in Horticulture or landscape architecture and have been in the business for 40 years, the question was raised: What should you do in the dog-days of summer garden? The answer was a resounding and unanimous NOTHING! It is not recommended [...]

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Weeds are nasty little thieves. They will take your nutrients, crowd out your vegetables, and then spread their seeds so as to come back the next year. They arrive on your pet’s fur, in bird droppings, hitch rides in your compost and the soles of your shoes and blow in on the wind. Even the [...]

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MARION – Tomatoes, still green, hung on their vines. Melons continued to take shape as wildflowers and mustard greens dotted the green landscape with patches of yellow. Along with vegetables and fruits, faith, family and perhaps a little rebellion are growing at a once vacant piece of land on Patterson Street. The lot, once the [...]

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Living in a desert region with 100F+ degree summers as I do, dry summer heat always means a little extra TLC for my vegetable gardens. Without a little human intervention, a heat wave can wipe out a vegetable garden in just a couple of days. The high temperatures of a heat wave damages a plant [...]

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