Author Archives: Heather Hacking

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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Sow There! Making room for throwaway poinsettias and glitter, 12-21-18

    By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist December 21, 2018  For reasons that are not horticulturally obvious, the poinsettia has earned its place in our culture. The plant doesn’t like the weather this far north of the equator, and it shows. Soon … Continue reading

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Sow There! Hope for Big Al’s and indoor bulbs, Dec. 7, 2018

Hyacinth bulbs grow in vases of water Wednesday. The roots were impressive in early November, but now they’re a watery tangle of tender white tendrils. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist December 7, 2018 It seems like much more … Continue reading

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Sow There! Recharging for the next steps Nov. 30, 2018

Yellow, orange and red leaves had not fallen from trees along The Esplanade earlier this week. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist November 30, 2018 at 4:30 am Blue sky and sunlight on fall leaves provided an exaggerated glimmer … Continue reading

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Sow There!: When is the time to prune grapevines? Now 1-26-18

Sow There!: When is the time to prune grapevines? Now This year I was able to write Christmas cards for the joy of writing Christmas cards. Photo by Heather Hacking By Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record POSTED: 01/26/18 Winter pruning can be a multi-step … Continue reading

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Sow There! Looking for bright spots in the haze, Nov. 23, 2018

Daisies at the Patrick Ranch last week appeared unaffected by the smoke from the Camp Fire. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist November 23, 2018  I remember a day when it did not rain. This was in October, last month, … Continue reading

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Sow There!: Shaking out the knots by using your hands, Nov. 16, 2018

By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist November 16, 2018 at 4:25 am Lingering smoke isn’t the only thing hanging in the air. A cumulative heartache is drifting through the valley. You can literally hear it. My friend Michael and I went to Walmart … Continue reading

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Sow There! Growing enthusiasm for winter garden lessons Nov. 9, 2018

Tuskan gale, growing nicely last year. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist November 9, 2018 at 4:30 am Since you asked … Yes, my students are learning about plants. Some days I am reminded that my enthusiasm is contagious. … Continue reading

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Sow There! Rose show and memories of gardenias, Nov. 2, 2018

Roses from the Handsome Woodsman’s memorial. (Photo by Heather Hacking)                                 A long time ago, I had a short conversation with a friend. She was … Continue reading

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