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Sonoma County Gardeners Resource Guide 2015 Sonoma County Gardeners Resource Guide 2015
February 23, 2015
WELCOME to our 12th Annual guide to supporting Sonoma County garden businesses. From Nurseries to Landscapers and Garden Clubs we have created as comprehensive a resource to locally-owned garden businesses as we can. This entire guide with Garden Calendar and updates all year kong is also available on its own website at www.SonomaCountyNurseries.com. Please feel free to let us know about a bsuiness we have may have missed so we can include them in our FREE listing under their category. Enjoy your garden and please support Sonoma County entrepreneurs.
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Farm Food for Feasting - Lucky Girl Tony Speirs Traveling Along Sonoma County Farm Trails
October 30, 2013

By Paula Downing,
President, Sonoma County Farm Trails

When you think about Thanksgiving you generally think turkey.  And when you’re in Sonoma County, you generally think Willie Bird Turkeys (www.williebird.com/) who is celebrating their 50th anniversary in the turkey raising business this year. Willie Bird was one of Sonoma County Farm Trails first members and definitely the Grand Master presiding over our local Thanksgiving feasts.

Our Sonoma County Farm Trails fledgling farmers - Felton Acres (now known as Green Star Farm), SucherNova Farm and Green Goose Farm are all beautiful, dedicated fledglings just learning to fly in the farming business.

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Sonoma County Rituals of Spring - March Garden Guide Sonoma County 2013 Gardeners Resource Guide
February 27, 2013

Dear Readers,

This is our 10th Annual Gardener’s Resource Guide and it all started as a resource to small, locally-owned nurseries from whom I bought plants when I still had a gardening business. I miss that way of making a living, but the Gazette took over and now I tend my own garden when I have time. Publishing a paper is a way to influence peoples’ decision and I want my readers to support people who care about our environment and the health of our home. 

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Farm to Table Recipe: Fava Bean, Onion and Pecorino Salad Farm to Table Recipe: Fava Bean, Onion and Pecorino Salad
March 1, 2017

Lots of farmers plant fava beans in the spring to introduce nitrogen and organic nutrients into the soil. Fava beans are in abundance in the March. You can find them at the year round Farmers' Markets in Sonoma County. 

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Design Your Dream Garden Garden Delights - March 2017 - Design Your Dream Garden
March 1, 2017

Imagine brilliant gardens sprouting from every sidewalk strip, every unused lot, and all those paved places that don’t actually get much traffic. All of these public spaces are ripe opportunities to grow beauty, food, habitat, and most importantly to fix our awful stormwater issues!

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Slow it. Spread it. Sink it. The S4 Guide for Water Conservation Slow it. Spread it. Sink it. The S4 Guide for Water Conservation
March 1, 2017
It is apparent from the recent onslaught of storms, and extensive damage from flooding and erosion, that being prepared for this variable weather is key to protecting property and natural resources.
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2017 Sonoma County Garden Guide Front Cover 2017 Sonoma County Gardener's Resource Guide
March 1, 2017
WELCOME to our 14th Annual guide to supporting Sonoma County garden businesses. From Nurseries to Landscapers, materials and Garden Clubs, we have created a comprehensive resource to locally-owned garden businesses in Sonoma County. 
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American Robin Gardening for Bird Habitat
March 1, 2017
When we think of attracting birds to our garden, we normally think of putting up bird feeders.  But it can be more effective year-round, and enjoyable, to design your garden with providing habit for birds in mind.
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Dry Stack Stone Garden STONE: A Natural Addition to Any Garden
March 1, 2017
When we think of attracting birds to our garden, we normally think of putting up bird feeders.  But it can be more effective year-round, and enjoyable, to design your garden with providing habit for birds in mind.
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Rubus-Folfei.jpg Ground Covers: The Beautiful Carpet of Garden Design
March 1, 2017
You created your garden space but something is missing. You chose lots of plants with different forms and colors that complement each other but something just doesn’t feel right. Maybe looking at your garden makes you think of polka dots. Perhaps all that’s missing are swaths of low growing plants to bring it all together, the way that a carpet can unify the interior design of your home.
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Tomato Leaf Damage Gardener Alert! Beware of Clopyralid & Aminopyralid
March 1, 2017
“It all starts with the soil.” As many gardeners know, improving soil quality with organic matter is essential for growing healthy plants. Many gardeners rely on manure and compost to improve soil structure and to add slow-release nutrients. Unfortunately, these natural materials can become contaminated with herbicides. Even the slightest trace of troublesome chemicals such asClopyralid andAminopyralid can quickly kill hearty plants such as peas, beans, peppers, lettuce, spinach, potatoes, and tomatoes when found in soil or compost.
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House Fire Summer Fires - WHEN - Not IF
March 1, 2017

By CAL FIRE, Battalion Chief Marshall Turbeville

Given our current winter weather, it may be hard to imagine the return of warm, dry, and windy weather that supports the ignition and spread of wildland fires. Yet summer is right around the corner. When you live in California you need to prepare; it is not a matter of “IF” a wildland fire will occur, it is “WHEN”. 

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From Drought to Deluge: An Ecological Approach to California’s Water Crisis From Drought to Deluge: An Ecological Approach to California’s Water Crisis
March 1, 2017
The heavy rains this winter, coming on the heels of years of drought, highlight the need to rectify our relationship to water, both as individual land stewards and communities alike. 
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Romance and Red-shouldered Hawks Romance and Red-shouldered Hawks
February 1, 2017

It’s February, and there is romance in the air. If you know a resident pair of Red-shouldered Hawks in your neighborhood, you can hear that romance clearly. Their piercing, descending whistles penetrate the atmosphere and inform all creatures to stop and look up.

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Hallberg Butterfly Garden - Graton, CA - Open House June 24, 2013 Louise Hallberg, Graton's ‘Butterfly Lady’ turns 100
February 1, 2017
Despite record-setting rain, and a storm raging in the West County, more than 100 people attended local icon Louise Hallberg’s 100th birthday celebration at the Graton Community Club on Jan. 8. Origami butterflies decorated the hall and a cake honored the centenarian known as “The Butterfly Lady.”
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Creating Fruitful Yields Winter Fruit Tree Pruning & Grafting Creating Fruitful Yields Winter Fruit Tree Pruning & Grafting
February 1, 2017

Imagine brilliant gardens sprouting from every sidewalk strip, every unused lot, and all those paved places that don’t actually get much traffic. All of these public spaces are ripe opportunities to grow beauty, food, habitat, and most importantly to fix our awful stormwater issues!

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Sonoma County Bees: Where’d They All Go? Sonoma County Bees: Where’d They All Go?
January 4, 2017
Many people in Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties have a great interest in helping honeybees and pollinators. The threat of Colony Collapse Disorder(CCD) resulting in no or limited fruits or vegetables being pollinated and effecting more than 60 per cent of what we eat is scary. No one is sure exactly what is effecting the honeybees and when it hits, the hive or tree is just abandoned completely. 
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What to do with all those holiday boxes? Gardening in Under Utilized Spaces
January 4, 2017

Imagine brilliant gardens sprouting from every sidewalk strip, every unused lot, and all those paved places that don’t actually get much traffic. All of these public spaces are ripe opportunities to grow beauty, food, habitat, and most importantly to fix our awful stormwater issues!

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Rain Garden - Slow it - Sink It - Spread it It’s Time to Plant a Rain Garden
January 4, 2017

Historically, homes and streets were intentionally designed to move as much stormwater into a storm drain system as fast as possible. This approach was meant to protect foundations and keep the streets safer during storms. However, as our cities and towns have grown larger, this “old school” method has had some unintended consequences, resulting in damage to our creeks, waterways, the Russian River, and hazards to our communities.

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What to do with all those holiday boxes? Repurposing the Holidays
November 25, 2016

The holiday season is upon us! Persimmons are shining on bare trees like ornaments, kale quivers with sparkling rain drops, and of course, the Fed-Ex trucks keep rolling in, with one tiny Amazon gift in each big cardboard box. 

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