How Long Will Vegetable Seeds Stay Viable?

Each year, I end up with many more vegetable seeds than I could possible plant in my garden. So, I give them to friends. Or, I save them for the next growing season ... or, the next growing season after that. As a result, some of my seeds are several… [Continue Reading]

How Long Will Vegetable Seeds Stay Viable? How Long Will Vegetable Seeds Stay Viable?

Creating a Cottage Garden

A proper cottage garden, explains Oxford Dictionary, is defined as "an informal garden stocked typically with colourful flowering plants." And that's the type of garden I've created at my home (Zone 6B/7), as you can see above. From self-seeding poppies… [Continue Reading]

Creating a Cottage Garden Creating a Cottage Garden

Growing Food From Seeds

Growing food from seeds is easier than you may think. This Seasonal Wisdom mini-guide gives you quick tips and resources for seed starting this growing season, as well as some of my favorite foods to grow from seeds.… [Continue Reading]

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Five Reasons Why Kids Should Garden

One of my favorite childhood memories was running around the garden until dinner time, chasing after lightning bugs and catching tadpoles. Sadly, too many kids spend most of their summer time indoors, playing on video games or watching TV. This lack… [Continue Reading]

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Strange Easter Facts

Since the earliest times, spring and the renewal of life after winter have been celebrated around Easter. Most people know Easter as a Christian holiday that marks the resurrection of Jesus. But here are Easter facts you might not know:… [Continue Reading]

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Seven Things I Learned About Food

by Seasonal Wisdom on April 2, 2017

martijndevalk.nl gateIt’s been months since I’ve written in Seasonal Wisdom! My apologies and I’m about to remedy this situation. But one main reason is that I’ve been working on a full-time contract with the University of California’s Office of President to write about food and agriculture for its blog UCFoodObserver.com.

Why in the world should you care? Well, I’ve learned quite a bit that I wanted to share, including edible gardening tips.  If you like food – and who doesn’t, really? – check out these delicious stories. Photo: Martijn de Valk. Read the full article →

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Ventura Farm Day Connects the Community

by Seasonal Wisdom on November 2, 2016

kids-looking-at-lemonWhen was the last time you spent any time on a farm? Well, if you are like most people, it’s probably been quite a while … if ever. And that’s what a group of farmers about an hour north of Los Angeles want to change. More than 20 farmers in Ventura County, California are swinging open their barn doors and inviting the community to visit. Let’s take a look. Read the full article →

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Troy-Bilt Hedge Trimmer Powered by CORE

July 12, 2016

When it comes to garden chores, one of my husband’s least favorite jobs is trimming the 12-foot (often  higher) Cape honeysuckle growing in our backyard.  It’s a dirty, thankless job that needs to be done every few months so the plant doesn’t get out of control. But a new innovative cordless, battery powered hedge trimmer […]

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Creating the Cocktail Hour Garden

June 26, 2016

Have you ever become so busy that you simply forgot how to unwind outdoors at the end of the day? Well, C.L. Fornari wants to change that. She wants you to create such a relaxing outdoor space that you can’t wait to watch the sun set and the evening begin in your garden – especially […]

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Troy-Bilt Brush Cutter Makes Its Mark

June 19, 2016

It could happen to anyone, really. Our friends came home from vacation to an overgrown backyard, where the grass had grown really tall. In some places, the lawn had grown nearly knee-high, and the yard needed more than just a normal lawn mower to cut it. That’s when my husband decided to try out the […]

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Cultivating Garden Style with Rochelle Greayer

May 17, 2016

What are those special ingredients that elevate a garden into a stylish and unforgettable space? What’s the best way to unleash your garden personality, and how can you create an outdoor place that’s uniquely your own? Just in time for another gardening season, Seasonal Wisdom sat down with London-trained landscape designer Rochelle Greayer for ideas […]

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Discover Audubon’s Birds of America

May 1, 2016

If you love nature and fine art illustrations, you may like this news.  The National Audubon Society is offering free high-resolution prints of John James Audubon’s Birds of America. Printed between 1827 and 1838, the illustrations include 435 life-sized watercolors of North American birds, including this striking barn owl detail.

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Five Tips for Your Best Garden Ever!

March 31, 2016

Another gardening season is here. If you’re like me, it’s easy to get a bit overwhelmed with everything that needs to get finished outdoors – instead of enjoying your time playing in the soil.  So, in the spirit of pleasure and priorities, here are five tips for keeping your garden looking its best this year.

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Spring Wildflowers near Gaviota

March 20, 2016

This year’s El Nino weather has brought more rain to California, leaving the fields filled with wildflowers such as these wild mustard and lupin flowers blooming near Gaviota in Santa Barbara County. Take an armchair tour of these spring meadows and get a good online resource for wildflowers in this area.

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The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion

January 31, 2016

When breast cancer struck the life of Austin-based landscape designer Jenny Peterson, her connection with nature and the people she loved helped her find emotional and physical healing, as well as spiritual renewal.  Now she wants to help others. In her new acclaimed book, The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion, Jenny tells her story and gives […]

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