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Don Shor

Don Shor: Blooming despite the drought, for all of us to enjoy

What’s the most beautiful street in Davis? Right now it would be Eighth Street. I urge you to take a walk, bike or slow drive along Eighth from L Street and enjoy the beautiful garden — really three gardens — all grown together in the front yards there. This is one gardener undeterred by drought, […]

Making the change: some answers about low-water landscapes.

In our fourth year of this epic drought, I spend a lot of time these days talking about replacing lawns with drought-tolerant plants, and  find two recurring concerns that seem to be holding some gardeners back from getting started. First is the belief that the entire sprinkler system needs to be replaced, at considerable expense. […]

April 02, 2015 | Posted in Gardening | Tagged ,

Citrus in your garden and in the news

While our relatives are digging out from one snowstorm after another, California gardeners are enjoying mandarins and oranges. The main harvest of citrus is winter, but there are dozens of types available to spread out the harvest. With the first varieties harvested in November, and some such as Gold Nugget mandarins and Valencia oranges holding […]

February 26, 2015 | Posted in Gardening | Tagged ,

Trouble ahead for fruit trees?

As I admired my February Gold daffodils blooming in January, about three weeks ahead of schedule, I ruminated on the impact of the warm, wet December and the sunny, dry January we’ve had so far. In an average January we have 18.5 cloudy days. This January we’ve had three. Not that most gardeners are complaining […]

January 22, 2015 | Posted in Gardening | Tagged ,

Something growing in the mailbox

Rainy days are seed catalog weather! I just realized how old that makes me. One of those shared family traditions that our children will not experience, with the rise of the Internet, is the winter pleasure of seed catalogues. My father was a dedicated customer of the W. Atlee Burpee Company, and December marked the arrival […]

December 18, 2014 | Posted in Gardening | Tagged ,

Backyard apples? It can be done

“I just tasted the best apple I’ve ever had! Can I grow it here?” As a child I considered apples to be pretty worthless. Growing up in Southern California with a mom who bought cello-pack bags of little tasteless, mealy Red Delicious apples to pack in our lunches, I never saw why anybody would eat […]

November 20, 2014 | Posted in Gardening | Tagged ,

Fall gardening in Davis

It’s October, and in Davis that means we have a whole new crop of residents. Thousands of students arrive from all over the world in September, settle in to their dorms or off-campus housing, and gradually find their way out into the community for goods and services. So garden professionals and retailers get a new […]

October 23, 2014 | Posted in Gardening | Tagged ,

Dealing with drought issues in the garden

There are a lot of landscapes in transition in Davis: brown lawns will hopefully be changed over to low-water plants soon. Many gardeners have reduced water use considerably, which is great. But there have been some adverse side effects. Problems with vegetable gardens? “What happened to my tomatoes this year?” There’s been highly variable feedback […]

September 11, 2014 | Posted in Gardening | Tagged ,
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