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In Praise of Farmers

“Let us never forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.” Daniel Webster With so many luscious fruits and vegetables … Continue reading

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Rats, Rattles, and Voles

By Cynthia Brian “There’s a snake lurking in the grass.” Virgil 10 rattles! Diamond pattern on the skin. This was no gopher snake! I was checking my orchard on the hill agonizing over the gopher mounds when I saw the … Continue reading

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Dirt Talk

You’re not a realist  unless you believe in miracles. ~Anwar Sadat “Forgive me! I’m recovering from the holiday weekend but I need your help for the summer!” wrote a gardening client. The singular American summer festivity of Independence Day is … Continue reading

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The Magic of May

“Harmony makes small things grow. Lack of it makes big things decay.” Sallust By mid May Mother Nature has waved her magical wand sprinkling glitter and glory among her growing children. No matter where you look, shrubs, trees, and landscapes … Continue reading

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May Play

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.” Rachel Carson The intoxicating waft of sweet jasmine filled my nostrils as I opened my front … Continue reading

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Purple Reign

“God gets mad if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”  Alice Walker, The Color Purple As I amble through my April garden, I know that God is very happy! Purple, the color of … Continue reading

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How to Grow Great Grass!

By Cynthia Brian “Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire.” ~Virgil Yes, California passed Proposition 64 last November, however, this column … Continue reading

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