Gardening

Vertical Gardening

Vertical Gardening

Whether you've run out of gardening space, or have seen one and just think they're plain cool, you may have toyed with the idea of creating some form of vertical gardening. Perform a web search on the term and you'll find examples of all kinds of vertical gardening from across the country and around the world. That's because vertical gardens are an ideal opportunity to think outside the planter box. In other words, anything goes, so long as it goes up.

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Growing Melons without Draining the Tank (or Breaking the Bank!)

Growing Melons without Draining the Tank (or Breaking the Bank!)

If you love melons (and who doesn't), you may be surprised to find out that growing them doesn't require as much water as you might think. While the young plants like plenty of water for the first month or so, cutting back to a deep watering once a week will keep the plant thriving and improve the flavor. On the other hand, excessive watering or poorly draining soil will quickly promote root rot, so don't make the mistake of killing your melons with kindness.

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Beauty in the Garden

Beauty in the Garden

With Mother's Day just around the corner, we thought it would be appropriate to celebrate beauty in all its forms by showing you a few pictures of our garden in its present state. In the DripWorks Demonstration Garden we try to inspire our visitors by showing how easy it is to set up a garden and use drip irrigation. Located just outside the door of our retail store, this tranquil setting has benches and tables for you to relax and enjoy our pond and waterfall. A beautifully landscaped area sits nearby where trees and shrubs enjoy the morning sun, afternoon shade, and a cooling drink from our gravity fed drip system. In all, a pleasant place to wait while your order is being packed.

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Getting Your 2014 Garden Going

Getting Your 2014 Garden Going

Happy New Year! I started writing this back in January, when temps were in the 70's. Although it was wonderfully unexpected to bask in summer sun at midwinter, the long awaited rains have arrived and couldn't be more welcome. Still, it appears we are in for a very dry year ahead. If so, gardening this year will require some creative planning. With water restrictions possible (our local water district has already implemented them), the size of the garden may depend on how much water you are allowed or can afford to use. Whether you rely on a municipal water system or a well, one thing is for sure: the supply will be limited.

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Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture

Back in the 70's I graduated from college in Boston, drove across the good ole USA, and settled in northern California. Riding shotgun was my friend, Robyn Van En, who needed to visit her parents on the West Coast. During our travels through the Midwest farm belt, we had many discussions about the economic struggles of these vitally important farmers and the need for healthy, locally-grown food.

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