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    Mini-Farm in Placerville

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    We moved to our new farm in Placerville this year; we call it a mini-farm since it is approximately one acre. We are located in the Sierra Foothills of California and are considered zone 9 for planting.  The property is cleared, and there is no landscaping.  The “blank canvas” is ready for the best mini-farm of my dreams.   Please come along on this journey of creating an eco-friendly garden.  There are two mature black oak trees and one blue oak.  The trees have large leaves, and they are covering the backyard.  Black oak trees have slightly acidic leaves that…

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    How to grow Rosemary and use it in baking

    Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is an herb with needle-shaped leaves indigenous to Asia and the Mediterranean Basin. This popular evergreen shrub is a member of the mint family and is classified as a perennial, meaning it continues to regrow on its…

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    Growing Chamomile

    Knowing how to grow chamomile is a surefire way to fill your garden with daisy-like blooms from late spring to early autumn. These cheery white flowers with bright yellow centers have been popular since the Middle Ages. They attract pollinators…

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    Sun Loving Plants

    Listed are a few sun-loving plants to add to your butterfly and bee garden. Coreopsis is a hardy member of the daisy family that you will find challenging to kill. The stalks can grow to three feet tall and offer…

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    How to grow herbs

    There are dozens of different species and varieties of herbs that can be grown, but a few are particularly easy to grow. Here are few of the easiest herbs to grow in your garden: Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an annual…

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    Plants that attract hummingbirds

    When choosing hummingbird flowers for your garden or landscape, look for blooms with rich, bright colors (red flowers are particular hummingbird favorites), long or tapered shapes that can accommodate the hovering birds’ long bills, and plentiful nectar to keep them…

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    Plants that attract butterflies and bees

    Black-eyed Susans are native to North America and are also known as rudbeckia. They are a colorful addition to your garden and are one of the honeybee’s favorite flowers to visit. Bees are attracted to the bright yellow and brown-centered…

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    Plant seeds to attract bees and butterflies

    There are several plants that help support the bees and butterflies in your garden. Some seeds will have special labels to indicate particularly insect and wildlife-friendly species. Sunflowers are great for pollinators such as bees but are also a great…