December 2020

Rain, Lovely Rain
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Taken first thing in the morning, rain in my garden turned into snow at the tops of our San Gabriel Mountains; Mt. Wilson is is toward the right side. Toward the end of the day, our local snow had pretty...
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6 Ways to Repurpose Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
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The holidays are winding down and despite the desire to keep your beautifully-decorated Christmas tree as a centerpiece in your living room forever, at some point (sob!) it's gotta go.  But don't worry, there are many ways you can keep the...
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Where Snowbirds Flock: Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
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Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River, Washington Oaks Gardens State Park preserves 425 acres of beautiful coastal scenery. At the heart of the estate are 20 acres of formal gardens thriving in a shady hammock of towering...
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Twelve days before Christmas
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Twelve days before Christmas we made the gingerbread dough for building our traditional gingerbread house. It needs to stand in the fridge over one night at least, so it's a good idea to start early with the preparations. Eleven days...
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Phaidon takes us on a journey to explore the World in Bloom
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Just in time for the holiday season, Phaidon has released a sumptuous and comprehensive survey that celebrates the beauty and appeal of flowers throughout art, history, and culture. Flower: Exploring the World in Bloom takes readers on a journey across...
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Cold Frame Kits
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Cold frame kits make it easy to extend the growing season in your garden. They’re an inexpensive way to start your seedlings or grow lettuce when it’s below freezing or keep growing herbs after the growing season has ended. Best...
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Building a chicken coop
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Keeping summer chicken has been a great joy for me for many years, and this year I decided to take it one step further and keep chicken all year round. It's not a very far fetched project, considering I'm unlikely...
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KEEP PLANTING
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Sunflowers just keep on blooming. Beet or chard seeds coming up. Beet seedlings just transplanted. Leek seedlings ready for transplanting. Lettuce transplants an open-hand width apart. Bok choy protected by plastic bottle with bottom cut off being irrigated to make...
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Rural or Urban, Farm or City – We All Need Each Other
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FB.ORG – Nearly 40 years ago as I started my career in agriculture communications, the week leading up to Thanksgiving celebrated those who live on the land and care for critters (livestock), while recognizing the important partnership farmers have with...
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Advent season
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On advent Sunday it started to snow. What perfect timing! The skies have been grey for weeks now, and this makes the days seem even shorter and darker than they are. Although, it must be said they are short! The...
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