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Summer GUIDE 2020 by Kimberly Childers • kimberlychilders@att.net


Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Ahhh, the garden. . . healthy, happy and feeding all the bees, butterflies and other pollinators. . . and our souls! In this Pandemic we all long for the old reality we had but it’s gone, for now any- way. All I can say is hooray we can garden and plant nutri- tious food and sink our hands into the rich earth. At least there is com- fort in those thoughts. I need to gar- den; we need to garden! We need to share pictures of all the new gardens in this fragile and tragic time, don’t we?! I hope everyone is having new discoveries as some are gar- dening for the first time. Breathe in the sweet, fragrant air of late spring. Whatever is hap- pening around our precious lives we are realizing how very precious they are indeed. Dulcet cello music playing in my head as I walk thru the ornamen- tal grasses bending from early morning dampness, spiders spinning their jewel dotted webs. Gardening can take you away from the anxiety all around us. Feel the earth, the benefi- cial well-being, the sensory of touch. You are nurturing


the plants therefore nurtur- ing yourself. Time to plant hot weather veggies like squash, juicy tomatoes, corn, peppers, eggplant, Painted lady runner beans to climb up a tall trellis, cucumbers and sweet basil, of course


face and mow to chop it up before adding to your com- post.


June is the time to dead-


head (removing spent flowers) with a passion to encourage more blooms. Annual and perennial flow- ers both will benefit. Plant more summer and fall bloom- ing flowers like elegant cle- ome, pungent marigolds, amazingly healing calen- dula, colorful zinnias, sun- flowers, fra- grant nicotiana, clove scented stock, snap- dragons, stun- ning shades of


for delicious pesto. Plant lovely meadow flowers blooming from summer un- til fall. Plant an herb gar-


The unusual grass in the photo is Stipa barbata.


den! Parsley, sage, rose- mary and thyme! Continue mulching and pinching side shoots on tomato plants to encourage fruiting. Add brown waste like twigs, shredded cardboard, full vacuum cleaner bags, hair and dead plants. Spread garden waste on a flat sur-


yarrow and orange tassel flower. Plant root vegeta- bles, delicious scallions, nutritious kale, rainbow chard, blue nig- ella (Love-in-a- mist), columbine, cranesbill, pan- sies, Agastache, scabiosa (pin- cushion flower) and beautiful Ammi majus with stout 24”-36” stems topped with large domes of white lacy flowers. Keep digging


out pesky weeds


with the perfect weeding trowel. Try the outstanding Hori Hori, tapered stainless steel, serrated edge for sawing through roots and digging up stubborn weeds. Check out John Scheep- erscustomkitchngar- denseeds.com Their Habi- tat Flower Gardens include


“Every great love starts with a great story...” ~ Nicholas Sparks


seeds for a Beneficial In- sect Habitat Garden, Bum- blebee gardens, Songbird, Butterfly, and Hummingbird Garden seed collection. They are around $14. Per pack and contain 50,000- 100,000 seeds depending on the garden you choose.


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The oldest carbon 14-dated seed that has grown into a plant was a Judean date palm seed about 2,000 years old, recovered from excavations at Herod the Great’s palace on Masada in Israel. It was germinated in 2005.


The largest seed is produced by the Coco de mer, or “dou- ble coconut palm”, Lodoicea maldivica. The entire fruit may weigh up to 23 kilograms (50 pounds) and usually contains a single seed.


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