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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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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.

The

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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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Garden Delights - Start Your Own Backyard Apothecary -August 2016 Garden Delights - November 2016
October 26, 2016

The recent fall rains are an excellent reminder of the seasonal change to come, when we and our gardens need to prepare for the soggy and cool conditions of winter. At Daily Acts we believe that a water-wise garden can serve a variety of functions year-round, providing habitat, medicine and food in addition to beauty. While the term water-wise garden has become synonymous with low maintenance, seasonal work is still required to keep these plants healthy and looking good. Here are some basic tips for tending your diverse water-wise garden as we fall into winter.

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Garden Delights - Start Your Own Backyard Apothecary -August 2016 Garden Delights - October 2016
September 28, 2016

For as long as there has been pain, cultures have sought to ease it using herbs and other botanicals. The Ancient Chinese boiled ginseng root to calm the spirit and prevent disease, Roman gladiators chewed parsley before battle to strengthen their reflexes, and the early Egyptians regarded garlic as a universal remedy, claiming that it had the power to cure every disease except for the one it caused— bad breath.

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Tamra Sanchez, Sylvia Tether's Garden Garden Inspired Paintings at the West County - Master Gardeners Fall Garden Tour
September 1, 2016
In the August issue of the Sonoma County Gazette, we announced the upcoming Bloomin’ Backyards Garden Tour, hosted by the Master Gardeners of Sonoma County. With the theme “Warm Autumn Days…A Time to Plant, A Time to Harvest,” the tour of West County gardens emphasizes how our California climate influences the plants we put in our gardens and the best time to plant them. 
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Garden Delights - Start Your Own Backyard Apothecary -August 2016 Garden Delights - September 2016
September 1, 2016

For as long as there has been pain, cultures have sought to ease it using herbs and other botanicals. The Ancient Chinese boiled ginseng root to calm the spirit and prevent disease, Roman gladiators chewed parsley before battle to strengthen their reflexes, and the early Egyptians regarded garlic as a universal remedy, claiming that it had the power to cure every disease except for the one it caused— bad breath.

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Garden Delights - Glorious Greywater in the Garden -August 2016 Garden Delights - August 2016
August 1, 2016

I think we can all agree that we are thankful for advancements in plumbing and sewage treatment since the Middle Ages. However, our current plumbing systems are shorting us on a great garden resource, a wellspring of irrigation water hiding inside our houses…greywater. 

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Sustainable Garden Practices at Master Gardeners Fall Tour Sustainable Garden Practices at Master Gardeners Fall Tour
August 1, 2016
In the July issue of the Sonoma County Gazette, we announced the upcoming Bloomin’ Backyards Garden Tour, hosted by the Master Gardeners of Sonoma County. As trained and certified University of California volunteers, Master Gardeners are committed to providing environmentally sustainable, science-based agricultural information. 
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Poppy Gail's Garden - July 2016
June 29, 2016
by Gail Fanning
Well, I don’t usually do product placement, but I just have to tell you about the wonderful tool I’ve found. For some time now I’ve been yearning for a tool that will let me pull weeds without crawling around on my hands and knees all day, and without straining my back or wrists. I’ve found the answer! I ordered the Rocket Weeder on Amazon last week and it has been amazing! For only $32, this clever all steel device pulls weeds quickly and easily with no pain or strain. 
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