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5 ways to coax your kids into the garden

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There’s something very soothing about being outdoors, isn’t there? Feel the breeze on your face, listen to the rustling of the leaves in the trees, hear the birds chirp. Watch a squirrel run up and down the trees, stopping to watch you as he does. See the birds finding insects and bits of nesting material. Feel the warmth of the sun as you dig in the soil. If you love gardening,…

Garden with the ‘All-Stars’ during dry times

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As the growing season ramps up, visions of a luscious garden don’t evaporate simply because water is in short supply. Cultivating a landscape that’s considerate of our record drought doesn’t have to mean a yard covered in rocks. There are a number of beautiful flowering plants that thrive with minimal water. The UC Davis Arboretum offers a list of 100 “All-Stars” that are recommended for a drought-stricken California garden. It’s the…

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Easy square foot gardens offer abundance, variety in small spaces

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If you’re new to gardening, you’d likely prefer to start small. Which is why many people begin their gardening experience in containers that they can easily inspect and maintain. Once you’re confident that you won’t kill off every single plant immediately — especially if you’ve had the pleasure of eating your own fresh-picked produce — you’ll probably want more. It just happens that way. You’ve been bitten by the gardening bug. So…

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How to build a raised bed vegetable garden

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Raised beds are a great solution for many gardeners, and for many reasons. In areas where the soil is poor, a raised bed allows you to skip all the double-digging, weeding and amending in the effort to get a healthy environment for your garden. Simply add the ideal mixture of garden soil and compost to the bed, and it’s pretty much ready to plant. Raised beds are also easier to…

How to test your soil for a healthy garden

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It’s spring — and we urban gardeners are itching to throw some seedlings into the ground. But wait! Before we proceed, let’s review how we did last year. Did any of your veggies poop out early in the season? Or never thrive in the first place? It’s likely because of the condition of the soil. This season, rather than planting first and dousing with a fast-acting fertilizer (as some of us have…