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Planting Bare-Root Fruit and Nut Trees

Winter is a good time to plant bare-root fruit and nut trees. This allows their roots and shoots to develop when the weather is cool. When selecting a tree for your garden, you’ll need to consider both your climate zone (A, B, C) and microclimate conditions (wind, fog, elevation) along with the chill hours required for fruit production. See this article for details.

Growing Calendars Help with Garden Planning

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Not sure which vegetables to plant and when? Check out our growing calendars for the three climate areas in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties (hot, sunny, and foggy). Start planning next year’s vegetable garden.


A Frequent Visitor on Cole Crops

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Have you seen this distinctive butterfly flitting about your garden? It’s the adult cabbage butterfly of the imported cabbageworm. The larvae (caterpillars) enjoy feeding on the leaves of cole crops such as broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi and, of course, cabbage.

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    Seed Germination with Soil Blocks

    Our northern California coastal climate allows us to grow vegetables all year round. In contrast to many parts of the country, where gardens and gardeners are in hibernation, fall is also one of the best times to start winter planting and get a head...

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    Five Spooky Plants for the Halloween Garden

    With Halloween just around the corner, it's a good time to think about doing something a little different with your garden. How about adding drama and seasonal color with dark and mysterious plants? Here are five fascinating varieties that look...

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    Hugelculture: Mother Nature’s Magical Garden Bed

    “Hugelculture?” The name (pronounced “hoo-gull kul-toor”) sounds like it might be anew type of yogurt or maybe an exotic fermented beverage but it's neither of thosethings. “Hügel” is the German word for hill or...