Author: Kat

Before You Post Challenge

“Let’s put the social back in Social Media and the responsibility back where it belongs–with us.” I follow  many passionate, opinionated friends on Facebook. My newsfeed is constantly flooded with posts about saving animals, banning pesticides, stopping fracking, etc. which…

Create a Natural Bug Barrier

I get a lot of questions this time of year about dealing with bugs. They normally start out with, “Something is eating my lettuce, beans, strawberries, (insert your newly planted babies here).” And it’s frustrating. I know. Putting out a…

7 HANDy Rose Pruning Tips

It’s time here on the Central Coast to prune our roses. This year most haven’t even gone dormant and some are already leafing out. But they still need a good pruning if they are going to do well in the…

Surprising Squash

I spent most of my childhood covered in dirt and have been a gardener for most of my 51 years. Sometimes it included entire backyard plots while other times were limited to a few containers on the balcony. At this…

When the Garden Turns to Chaos

At some point every year I hit a couple of weeks where I just can’t seem to get time out in the garden. If I’m lucky, this doesn’t happen during a heatwave, but sometimes it does. And if I’m really…

$5 Hack Blasts Bugs off your Plants!

I was tasked with presenting a new product at our nursery  managers’ meeting a month ago and the product I presented was  the Bug Blaster 30 inch Spray Bar with Nozzle. You can follow the previous link where you can…

When Ladybugs Go Bad!

Growing up I was thrilled to get a visit in the garden from both the red and the yellow ladybugs. The red ladybugs were always the first to visit. They would arrive in early spring. The yellow ladybugs always came…

How to Help Your Plants Survive a Heat Wave

We are going through one of our typical mid-spring heatwaves where temperatures soar into the upper 90’s and plants struggle to stay hydrated. Rather than a gradual climb, it is normal for our temperatures to suddenly spike making it feel…

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