Garden Advice Blog

Stay tuned to this page for all the very latest seasonal information and expert advice from our staff! We’ll be updating it regularly with plant recommendations, pruning tips, landscaping suggestions and much more. Visit often to stay informed or “like” us on Facebook to catch all the updates. If you have questions or topics you would like us to cover, leave us a comment below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We love to hear from you!

Plants for May Color

May is an awesome time in the garden! Plants are blooming and with Mother's Day and Memorial Day coming up, there are plenty of plants for you to choose from for gorgeous, amazing color. Agryranthemum, Azaleas, Begonias, Bidens, Calibrachoa, Coreopsis, Dahlia,...

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May Checklist

Plant: It's still a good time to plant your warm-weather annuals & perennials as well as vegetables. Sow seeds for summer & fall veggies, such as squash, corn, peppers and beans. Fill your pots and containers with striking combinations, such as calibrachoa,...

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Extraordinary Bay Area Public Gardens

A great treat for mom on Mother's Day is a visit to one of the outstanding public gardens here in the Bay Area. Since Mother's Day is at the peak of spring blooming, it's the perfect time to check out the remarkable variety of flora that grows in our wonderful climate...

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Water-Wise Gardening May 2013

With the mercury rising, our thoughts turn to keeping our plants hydrated and looking good. You can still have a lush garden in our arid climate without draining the reservoirs. Conserving water protects our precious resources and keeps your water bills down. It is...

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Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Better than mom's chicken noodle soup, this delicious soup is easy to make and is rumored to cure the common cold, or at least help you feel better after a rotten day! This recipe comes from Bon Appetit, November 1997 and is guaranteed to please the whole family!  ...

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Great Plants for April Color

In April, the garden really gets going. Many plants and trees are starting to bloom, while others are budding out to keep the show going for the rest of the season! Enchanting Wisteria   Azaleas, Begonias, Columbine (Aquilegia sp.), Calendula, Calibrachoa,...

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April Checklist

Birds. Welcome your feathered friends back by cleaning out your bird feeders and replacing old seed. Prepare. Get your soil ready for planting by amending it with organic soil amendments, such as GreenAll Soil Booster, and compost. This feeds both the plants that will...

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10th Annual Bay-Friendly Garden Tour

This Spring's 10th Annual Bay-Friendly Garden Tour will open gates to home gardens located in city clusters in Alameda County on April 28th and Napa County on May 5th. Although the gardens vary in style, they are similar in technique. The practices used to create and...

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The Bugs You Want Sharing Your Garden

We know that certain insects can be a consistent problem in the garden.  Some bugs chew through our beloved plants and plague them at every turn.  However, many insects that live in the garden are extremely helpful.  These beneficial bugs should be protected and...

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