Author Archives: Heather Hacking

Sow There!: Food and water use – you may wish you had not wondered 9/14/18

How much water does it take to grow inedible mystery squash? Too much. (Photo by Heather Hacking) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist September 14, 2018 at 3:25 am Existential zucchini crisis Growing zucchini, All summer, last summer, the summer before. Hovering over … Continue reading

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Sow There!: Snails and tomatoes, a great combo for the classroom 9/7/18

By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist September 7, 2018 at 3:52 am My third graders love fresh vegetables. We eat lunch in the classroom, and one day I was walking between the aisles demonstrating healthful eating habits. I was about to make an … Continue reading

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Sow There!: Plants of mystery, plants of new promise, 8/31/2018

A monster of mystery. (Photo by Heather Hacking) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist August 31, 2018 at 3:27 am Once again, I learned something the hard way. At least this time I learned that growing a lesson can be a beautiful experience. … Continue reading

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Sow There!: Discover the connection — clean cars and snails, 8/24/2018

By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist August 24, 2018 at 4:17 am I’m driving a Prius these days and I feel pretty darn smug about it. The school where I began teaching this year is just a few miles away. I fill up … Continue reading

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Sow There!: History of garden science through children’s books, Aug. 17, 2018

A collection of books, mostly acquired through the Chico library Saturday morning book sales, awaits third-grade students. (Photo by Heather Hacking) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist PUBLISHED: August 17, 2018 at 4:04 am | UPDATED: August 17, 2018 at 2:14 pm For a year or … Continue reading

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Sow There!: A tale of ivy and why chainsaws were invented Aug. 10, 2018

Ivy mainstems likely grow larger than this, but this beauty was enough to waste a perfectly good afternoon. (Photo by Heather Hacking) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist August 10, 2018 In most cases when you hear garden advice, it’s just that — … Continue reading

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Sow There!: New love and taking a chance with old seed packets, July 27, 2018

Previous By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist PUBLISHED: July 27, 2018 at 6:57 am New love is amazing, and at times annoying. We’ve all had a friend who makes a match and looks 10 years younger, irradiated and giddy, her voice a tone of a … Continue reading

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Sow There!: Leaving a road behind you, July 20, 2018

By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist July 19, 2018 at 10:27 pm Just a few weeks ago I was driving north to yet another chat with strangers for a possible job as a teacher. This interview was no different than the others. We … Continue reading

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Sow There!: Summer plants get by with a little help from friends, July 12, 2018

By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist July 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm My seemingly short and well-deserved vacations this summer caused me to cash in on friendship equity. My dad’s side of the family organized a cruise to Catalina and beyond, as well … Continue reading

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Sow There!: Harlequin bugs are unwelcome house sitters, June 28, 2018

  By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist PUBLISHED: June 28, 2018 at 10:40 pmWhen I returned from a quick vacation I found uninvited kale sitters in my garden. A hundred harlequin bugs would not be an exaggeration for the number of critters that were … Continue reading

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