From the category archives:


Poison plants that can kill your dog (or cat) or can at least make them very sick.

November 19, 2010

It’s that time of year again when many gardeners are planting bulbs and tubers in anticipation of their beautiful spring blossoms. That is, at least those proactive gardeners are doing this. I tend to forget to plant my new bulbs until I see the interesting flowers in spring and then kick myself for neglecting to [...]

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2010 GIANT pumpkin winner!!!!

October 24, 2010

Hear’s to one GIANT pumpkin!!! Congratulations to Ron Root, winner of the 2010 Half Moon Bay pumpkin growing competition with a 1,535 lb monster. Way to go Ron. If you are ever in the California central coast town of Half Moon Bay in October you will see this sleepy beach town transformed into Punkinville USA [...]

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How to Grow GIANT Pumpkins

September 26, 2009

Living in Florida it’s difficult to tell the seasons apart but certain holidays have a way of reminding me that things are about to change in most other areas of the country. Halloween is one of those occasions. My kids start weeks ahead discussing their costumes and getting excited about which friends with and where [...]

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Lombard Street AKA Candyland

August 24, 2009

Seeing the recent photos on the Internet of Lombard Street being transformed into a Candyland replica really brought back memories. Most of my early career in horticulture-related activities took place in Northern California. The City was just across the water and weekend trips to explore San Francisco were always fun. The city is so expansive [...]

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Mr. Potato Head Update – Projects for Kids

May 28, 2008

Here is a progress report on our Mr. Potato project: Back in March, Gracie’s grandmother assembled the parts for a fun project to do with kids I wanted to share with everyone. I called it Mr. Potatohead. I can remember from my own childhood doing the same project, and I thought Gracie would have fun [...]

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Are Square Watermellons Cool or Bizarre? Help me decide.

May 5, 2008

I’m not usually one to fall for gimmicks or the newest and greatest thing so I’m not sure how to react to square watermelons. I think they are kinda cool and could be a fun thing to do, especially if you are looking for a way to get kids interested in gardening but part of [...]

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Mr. Potato Head

March 28, 2008

I’m always on the lookout for ways to interest kids in gardening and my mother-in-law reminded me of one from my own childhood. You may have done this too. It’s the old potato on the windowsill experiment. Basically, you take a potato and submerge one half of it in water. In a short time roots [...]

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Flower names for babies

March 2, 2008

For a little fun this Sunday morning I thought I would post this list of flower names that work for baby girls too. Feel free to add your favorites. Amarantha Anthea Blossom Bluebell Camelia Dahlia Daisy Flora Heather Hyacinth Iris Jasmine Lily Marguerite Marigold Pansy Poppy Primrose Rhoda Rose Rosemary Shoshana Violet Yolanda I don’t [...]

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Butterfly Gardens

February 25, 2008

I just had to pass this site along too. I’m always looking for plants I can recommend to use in butterfly gardens and if you take a look at the photos here you will see a couple more to add to the list.–some-more.html Rees Cowden No Brown Thumbs!!!

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