Author Archives: Heather Hacking

Sow There!, Nov. 8 was anything but a normal day at school, Nov. 8, 2019

 (Sky, Nov. 11, 2018) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist November 8, 2019 at 4:19 am Autumn mornings are crisp and children on the playground aren’t necessarily noticing the beauty of the amber and golden leaves. In those few moments before school, kids … Continue reading

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Sow There! Cleaning out the gutters, an unwelcome season, 11-1-19

The time to crunch leaves is when they are crunchy, not when they are a soggy mess. And yet, I hoped my students last fall would think smashing slimy leaves was an enjoyable garden task. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER … Continue reading

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Sow There! The Great Shedding, Oct. 25, 2019

The tower of teacher treasures fills up a corner of the kitchen. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist October 25, 2019 One day when I look back on my personal history, I will remember this month as the time … Continue reading

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Sow There! One more run on tomatoes, Oct. 11, 2019

It should be time to say, “out with the old.” However, I’m banking on one more batch of tomatoes this year. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist October 11, 2019  I’m doing that thing that I do – holding … Continue reading

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Sow There! In search of the next good thing, Oct. 4, 2019

One afternoon last week, I sat in the wooden rocking chair in my classroom. It’s rare that I sit down at school. Once the weight is off my feet and I take a few deep breaths, it’s hard to regain … Continue reading

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Sow There! Waiting list for a monster of a plant, Sept. 27, 2019

You can’t miss the Monstera deliciosa in the window. Look for the broad, glossy green, notched leaves. (Heather Hacking — contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist September 27, 2019  Yes, I have an amazing Monstera deliciosa plant, and if you on the verge of … Continue reading

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Sow There! One shot wonders get all the attention, Sept. 20, 2019

  By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist September 20, 2019 at 3:30 am Cactus are not among my favorite garden plants. Boring. Prickly. Basically idle. Despite my view of them as mediocre, I have a cactus collection of more than two dozen. The … Continue reading

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Sow There! Too much of a good thing — tomato hoarding, Sept. 13, 2019

Great-grandma’s cookie jar was the perfect keepsake for holding this year’s stash of dried tomatoes. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist September 13, 2019 Any visitor to my small house can quickly assess that I have trouble with clutter. … Continue reading

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Sow There! Dusting off the vacation goggles, Sept. 6, 2019

The mural of Robin Hood is almost hidden now along the northern perimeter of City Plaza. Scott Teeple painted the mural, using Greg Taylor as a muse. Both men are gone now but remain as part of Chico’s artistic history. … Continue reading

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Sow There! Give your tree a big hug, Aug. 30, 2019

Lasting love. Did the maple tree grow for the 20-plus years it has been in my life? Did I grow? What I do know is that it has been looking down on me all this time. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) … Continue reading

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