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Gardening in Drought Challenge

Gardening in Drought Challenge

Here in California, I think we all know we are well into a three year drought.  As a human being and as a professional gardener, I have been hyper-aware of the lack of water.  My interest in water conservation began in the 1970s with a memorable drought

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Earthly Arts Farm Will Be On Tour June 7

Earthly Arts Farm Will Be On Tour June 7

On June 7th and 8th, the Urban Homesteading Institute will be hosting a wonderful tour of urban homesteads in the Bay Area.  Earthly Arts Farm in Berkeley is one of those inspiring sites open for visit.  I will be leading a tour of the garden every hour

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Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Class

Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Class

Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Sunday, June 1st, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Location: Instructor’s backyard in Berkeley Cost: $35 http://biofueloasis.com/workshops/#pruning This class will teach you how to follow up on your winter pruning and also to prune for less reactive growth then you might get from winter pruning.

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Winter Fruit Tree Pruning class

Winter Fruit Tree Pruning class

Sunday, January 26th, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Location: Berkeley backyard (exact location to be announced after registering) Cost: $35 Register at biofueloasis.com or call 510 665-5509 This class will be taught in a large Berkeley garden with over 20 different fruit trees to practice on. We will

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Another Urban Homesteader

Another Urban Homesteader

I started off my blog about slugs, and I want to write about potato towers, growing shelling beans, composting toilets, dealing with rats and chickens, and all kinds of other topics. But today I felt called to write about my gardening background and some of my current

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Thoughts on Growing Asparagus

Thoughts on Growing Asparagus

Yes, growing your own vegetables can be a lot of hard work.  However, one of the ways we can reduce the amount of labor in our gardens is to plant as many perennial plants as possible.  This way, we can plant our crop one time only, instead

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Slug control

Slug control

The slugs are back.  Unchecked, they have devastated many of my new plantings in one night. For slug control,  I prefer hunting them down at night with a headlamp. The first night I find many.   The second night I find less.  And my the third and forth

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