Native plants have become garden staples as California gardeners have realized how beautiful and resilient they can be. Nurseries are now awash with different varieties, but which ones are really worthy of a spot in your garden? Friend+Sweet investigates one of...

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Delicious and colorful fruit, aromatic flowers, evergreen leaves: Citrus trees have much to offer the eyes, nose and tastebuds!  The Bay Area plays gracious host to many varieties, all of which are believed to originate in the Southern hemisphere....

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July 2016 Garden Tasks

Basil in the July Garden

By July, gardeners may be noticing that their garden doesn’t look as fresh and vibrant as it did in spring. During my first few years of gardening, I focused on spring annual blooms and then the rest of the...

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May Garden Tasks 2016

Flowering Dogwood 'Venus'

We’ve had some beautiful weather… rain then sunshine and then repeat! This pattern creates lots of growth in the garden… blooms and weeds! Have fun getting your garden spaces ready for outdoor entertainment: spend just a half hour each...

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April Garden Tasks 2016

Native California Iris Flowers

In Bay Area gardens we are lucky to be able to grow beautiful citrus plants of all types, and many lemon trees bear fruit year-round. A common question I get is about when to prune citrus… well the time...

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March Garden Tasks 2016

Meyer Lemons ripe on the tree

February was a confusing month for Bay Area humans and plants… we got very little rain and had warm summery days. This month the El Nino rains are supposed to pick back up. I hope so! I need to...

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February Garden Tasks 2016

Hardenbergia vine spilling into a bed of geraniums

Many of you know that I am a Champion Weeder. It’s not that I really enjoy pulling weeds, but I understand the consequences of not weeding! Every weed you pull now means you have that much less weeding to...

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Signs of Life in the Winter Garden

Mushrooms are signs of all the fungal activity happening out of sight underground in the winter garden

Trees have lost their leaves, flowers are dormant underground, and cloudy days cast everything a little grey. But take a closer look and you’ll find lots still going on in the winter garden. In one Friend+Sweet garden in Richmond, CA,...

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Variegated Mint

We love the convenience of running to the drug store to buy pills for just about anything, but it wasn’t that long ago that people mostly relied on herb gardens to prevent and treat health issues. Of course we...

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January Garden Tasks 2016

What a difference 10 months make! Last time I wrote, I was bemoaning the lack of rain–and now we are heading into a week that has four storms forecasted. You may not get into the garden this week, but...

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