An Alameda Garden: December 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Attention Last-Minute Shoppers! Give Someone You Love a Whole Garden Show!

Need one final down-to-the-wire Christmas gift for that special gardener in your life (even if that's yourself!)? Give a ticket to the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show! The show will be held March 19-23, 2014 at the San Mateo Event Center and early-bird purchases of one-day tickets can be had for as little as $16. Next year's show is under new ownership and from what I hear, there will be some welcome changes to this show that, although fun, was maybe getting a bit stale. Some of the changes include improvements to the presentation of the display gardens and special workshops, including two garden photography workshops with the amazing photographers Saxon Holt and David Perry (separate fee applies for these workshops). What gardener wouldn't like to find this ticket in her stocking? Bonus: You don't even have to get out of your pajamas to purchase! Just click here.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Freeze Alert!

Bay Area gardeners, take note! Nighttime temperatures are expected to dip in the next few nights, going below freezing in some areas. Take the time to protect tender plants, including citrus trees and any plants that were only recently planted. Container plants are also vulnerable, even more so than those in the ground, so move as many of those as you can under cover.

To wrap plants, you can use Reemay cloth, or "frost blankets." You can also use burlap fabric to wrap the plants, particularly if you can add piles of leaves inside for insulation.

If you can't wrap all your plants, you can try an anti-transpirant spray like Wilt-Pruf or Cloud Cover.

Also, be sure to water your plants well before the frost hits. Well-watered plants are better able to tolerate the cold.

Stay warm!

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Monday, December 02, 2013

For the Gardeners on Your Christmas List: California Fruit and Vegetable Gardening

If your shopping list includes a California gardener, my book California Fruit and Vegetable Gardening would make a welcome gift, full of inspiring ideas and information for next year's garden. With growing information on more than 60 fruits, vegetables, herbs and nuts specifically tailored for California gardeners, this book will provide value well beyond its price.

And if you order today from, you can take advantage of Amazon's CyberMonday deal and get an additional 30% off the price! Christmas shopping doesn't get any easier than that!

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