Author Archives: Heather Hacking

Sow There! Taking on the burden of other people’s garden bounty, July 10, 2020

Doing the right thing includes helping a friend unburden a peach tree, leaning from an overabundance of fruit. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist July 10, 2020  I refuse to compare the bounty of my garden to others. I’ll … Continue reading

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Sow There! Squeals for returning to school, July 3, 2020

In my mind, more things should be purple, including this bread from Country Morning Bakery and the official color of a school. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist July 3, 2020 CHICO — March, April, May, all gone. June also slipped … Continue reading

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Sow There! Searching for Dr. Bronner, June 26, 2020

Blackened aphids on portulaca, after being sprayed with soapy water. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist June 26, 2020 at 3:30 a.m. Stuffed in a cupboard, or hidden in plain view? Somewhere in my house there is a brand new bottle … Continue reading

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Sow There! Things you notice when you have the time, 6-19-2020

They’re tiny seeds, but after falling several feet onto lush leaves, the landing sounds like the slightest patter of rain. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist June 19, 2020 at 3:00 a.m. A friend stopped her bicycle at the … Continue reading

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Sow There! Bermudagrass hates shade, and other long-term plans, June 12, 2020

Sometimes you need to look the enemy in the eye. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist June 12, 2020  For decades I’ve railed against privet as my most-hated garden nuisance. Sentiments certainly have not faded. However, the major privets … Continue reading

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Sow There! June, another excuse to plant more seeds, June 5, 2020

  Withering poppies are ready for seed harvest, just about now. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist June 5, 2020 at 2:45 a.m. CHICO — Putzing around my garden has been a great solace the past two and a … Continue reading

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Sow There! Plants that prefer to be left alone May 29, 2020

  Because it’s not enough fun to have a bush with purple flowers, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’s flowers fade to pink on day two, and white on day three. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist May 29, 2020 at … Continue reading

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Sow There!The middle of the neighborhood nest May 22. 2020

An overload of poppies in my yard can be linked back to the inspiration of my neighbor Bob, who may not have planted poppies, but allowed them to thrive year-after-year. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist May 22, 2020 … Continue reading

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Sow There! Enough with the home improvement, already, 5-16-2020

  Heather Hacking — Contributed Magnolia Gift and Garden, with enough plants to fill a new planter box. By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist May 15, 2020 at 1:45 a.m. Gardens in my neighborhood really are more beautiful than usual, and that’s not … Continue reading

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Sow There! Tackling neglected tasks, one mound at a time. May 8, 2020

Moving a pile of mulch is a “beast” of a task. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist May 8, 2020  Is that light? At the end of the tunnel? Will there be a day, maybe someday soon, when men … Continue reading

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