Author Archives: Heather Hacking

Sow There! Chico seed swap, Jan. 17, 2020

Seed catalogs galore! (Heather Hacking — contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist January 17, 2020 at 4:17 am When you have too many things to remember, it’s fun to set yourself up for a surprise. Weeks ago, I mailed an order for … Continue reading

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Sow There! Grapevine wreaths and ring tosses on cloudy days, 1-10-2020

Grapevine wreaths and ring tosses on cloudy days. (Heather Hacking — contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist January 10, 2020 Nope. I haven’t planted the bulbs. The bags of daffodils and freesia remain — sad and neglected — in a box near … Continue reading

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Sow There! The fine line that makes a good neighbor, 1-3-2020

These vines look fairly inobtrusive in their dormant state, but the can become a big tangle in mid-July. (Heather Hacking — contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist January 3, 2020 In this compact and complicated world, it’s difficult to move an inch … Continue reading

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Sow There! A world of seeds at your fingertips 12-27-10

Ancient corn, you just don’t see that every day. (Heather Hacking — Contributed By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist December 27, 2019 at 4:34 am For yet-to-be-understood reasons, a garden catalog appeared in my post office box. Normally, I’m peeved when I see … Continue reading

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Sow There! Crazy cardboard confections with kids, Dec. 20, 2019

  I brought home boxed gingerbread kits from a big box store for the children to dive into at a recent make-up Thanksgiving get-together. It was a hit. (Heather Hacking — contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist December 20, 2019  I’m done. … Continue reading

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Sow There! Green tomatoes, chapter 4, 12-13-2019

If this photo looks familiar, it is because we’ve been talking a lot about green tomatoes, which are now officially in season. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist December 13, 2019 at 4:27 am “What are you going to … Continue reading

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Sow There! Long live those green tomatoes, 12-6-19

A late, unwanted, yet beautiful harvest was had one cold morning. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist December 6, 2019 at 3:46 am Tomatoes can be a perennial plant in tropical South America. Yet, around here, they turn to … Continue reading

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Sow There! Gift-giving grumbles — old or old-fashioned? Nov. 28, 2019

Previous  Hyacinth bulbs can be grown indoors year-round; just add water. Another project idea is to bake pumpkin seeds, but this orange fruit may be destined for the compost pile. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist November 29, 2019  … Continue reading

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Sow There! The case for the clunker, Nov. 22, 2019

  Heather Hacking shows off her 2019 Honda Civic, her first “new” car. (Heather Hacking — contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist November 22, 2019 A few weeks before my last birthday, I signed away a bunch of money for a brand … Continue reading

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Sow There! Trading rain for an extended autumn, Nov. 15, 2019

Just another day in the neighborhood. (Heather Hacking — contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist November 15, 2019 Almost every day, unless I am ill or traveling, I drive along The Esplanade. This week, I’ve caught myself holding my breath, thinking “wow,” … Continue reading

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