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Hanging Gardens and Containers.

Please click on the images to magnify and clarify them. My wife, Lori, loves to garden, but our backyard is small and half-covered by a concrete patio. To get the most out of our space, she had to get creative. One thing she did was to use the vertical space in the yard. She had […]

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The Benefits of Roof Gardens in an Urban Setting.

Do you live in an urban environment, but wish you had a garden? Why not consider a roof garden? This is not exactly a new idea. After all, the Mesopotamians are known to have planted trees and shrubs on elevated terraces over 2,000 years ago! Roof gardens can come in many different styles. A simple […]

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The Benefits of Farmers Markets.

Farmers markets have been around for ages and they can be found all over the globe. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farmers markets in our country have grown by almost 400% in the last twenty years, from 1,755 farmers markets in 1994 to 8,268 in 2014. However, according to the US News and […]

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Median Strips: Forgotten Eyesores or Patches of Beauty?

Submitted on behalf of Ken Ball, Keep Oakland Beautiful Board member. Median strips: that forgotten land between street lanes. Sometimes they don’t get the love—let go to become unruly weeds. One neighborhood is tackling its mean medians. The Montclair Village Association and several neighborhood associations are looking at the weed patches they have and are […]

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The Benefits of Community Gardens.

Community gardens are plots of land cared for by groups of people who agree to share the cost, effort, and produce of the garden. Their origin in our country predates the American Revolution, the 1759 Community Garden at Historic Bethabara Park, in what is now Winston-Salem, North Carolina, being considered the first such garden. Bethabara […]

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Watering Your Lawn and Garden During Times of Drought.

As you well know, California is in the midst of an extensive period of drought. 2013 was the driest year in California on record. To date, 2014 hasn’t been much better. The temperatures have been warm, too. Statewide, the period from January to September 2014 was the warmest period on record. The current drought conditions […]

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