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Habitat Gardening: Tips for Developing a Good Habit

Habitat gardening—until about 15 years ago, that was a term and concept that had eluded me. Now, it’s a way of life. I simply refer to it as gardening for birds, bees, butterflies, and bugs. As a habitat gardener, I’ve learned to … Continue reading

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You CAN Have an English Cottage Garden

My article first appeared on the Sonoma County Master Gardener website a few years ago. It’s still relevant today as we enter our fourth year of drought here in Northern California. It’s a long article, but if you love English … Continue reading

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Three Sisters Gardening is Real

Meet the Iroquois “three sisters” of gardening: corn, squash, and beans. A long time ago, the Iroquois knew that those vegetables could happily grow together in a single mound.  In my upcoming book Three Sisters Garden, they are known as Cara, Sara, and … Continue reading

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Color My Garden–Saturated, Intense!

Color My Garden is my latest book. Seeing the title, it’s what you might expect–a coloring book for kids–and all about habitat gardening for birds, bees, butterflies and bugs. As a kid, I loved to color, especially if I had … Continue reading

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Rosemary Blue

I love the blue, but rosemary is so much more than just an appealing color. It’a a fragrance and a texture, too, and it’s been in full bloom for more than a month, the early daffodils for about 2-3 weeks. … Continue reading

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Wild Mustard Fills Fields

It’s a glorious sight in February–fields and vineyards brimming with yellow mustard. Some people call it a weed because it grows in ditches, roadsides, and other unwanted places. Others call it a wildflower because it’s wild and it flowers. And … Continue reading

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Valentine Red

Red. Valentine red. Can you tell that red is my favorite? My website sandybakerwriter.com and blog are accented with red. And growing up: red lunchbox, red kneesocks, red book bag, red raincoat, red ribbons, red velvet dress. And now, my … Continue reading

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