Author Archives: Heather Hacking

Early spring, celebrate now | Sow There! March 8, 2019

Spring rain on peach blossoms at the Patrick Ranch this week. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist March 8, 2019  It’s spring. Almonds are in bloom. My farmer friend Samantha says late variety almonds should be at peak bloom … Continue reading

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Sow There!: Kid kindness brings daffodil days to gray days, March 1, 2019

The daffodils did not remain for very long in my classroom. Soon, our kindness helpers were headed for the halls to make joyful deliveries. (Heather Hacking — Enterprise-Record) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist March 1, 2019  When I was first learning about … Continue reading

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Sow There! Daffodils, a hard working bulb, Feb. 22, 2019

Daffodils are easy to love. The flowers make you smile from the time you see the bright colors on the bag until the happy blooms fade. (Heather Hacking — Enterprise-Record) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist PUBLISHED: February 22, 2019 at 3:00 am | UPDATED: February … Continue reading

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Sow There! Check your losses, see where you can start again, Feb. 15, 2019

Coolness points will be awarded to the person who can tell Heather the name of this plant. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist February 15, 2019 It’s too late to save dead plants, but we can still talk about … Continue reading

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Sow There! Weed pulling is wise when you can see your breath, Feb. 8, 2019

This broccoli plant hasn’t grown even a quarter of an inch. Broccoli apparently only grows when you’re busy playing in the sunshine. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist February 8, 2019 Change is not a particularly exciting process to … Continue reading

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Sow There! After the fire, growing goes on, Jan. 25, 2019

A bit of statuary in planted bowl survived the Camp Fire at Mendon’s Nursery in Paradise, but many of the plants didn’t. (Steve Schoonover — Enterprise-Record) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist January 25, 2019  I haven’t visited the place we once knew … Continue reading

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Sow There! Just a bit giddy about the idea of a school greenhouse, Jan. 18, 2019

Beans growing in a protected area of our schoolyard have survived the winter, so far. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist January 18, 2019 Last week I was doing what I do these days — taking care of plants … Continue reading

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Sow There! When in doubt, remember what you read and write, Jan. 11, 2019

Not only do I save previously-written columns, I save re-usable imagery. This bowl of grapes is from the garden in late July 2018. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist January 11, 2019  One really good thing about being a … Continue reading

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Sow There! Good-bye old year, let’s try not to do that again, Jan. 4, 2019

How do you know when it’s time to tear out the tomato plants? When they look like this. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist January 4, 2019 at 4:30 am A new year. I’m characteristically hopeful, but I can’t … Continue reading

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Sow There!: More to say about poinsettia, Dec. 28, 2018

Hydrangea, so beautiful, but don’t eat it. (Photo by Heather Hacking) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist December 28, 2018  As with most things, if you’re in doubt about whether something may kill you if ingested, don’t eat it. If you’re not sure … Continue reading

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