Friday, March 28, 2008

Seems like everyone's talking about Bees



What's happening to them, and what can we do? well, to be honest, I haven't been keeping up, so I'm not sure if they've found a reason, but if you are thinking about fostering a bee hive on your property, check out this article from Bush Farms - It's extreamly informative!

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesnewbees.htm

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The 69 MPG VW



VW couples a new 7-speed DSG transmission with a 1.2-liter, TDI diesel engine and an electric motor capable of operating in all electric mode. The diesel engine puts out a max of 74 hp and 132 kb-ft of torque, and its electric counterpart puts out 20 kW and 103 lb-ft of torque at its peak.

http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/vw-hybrid-gas-mileage-460325?src=nl&mag=tdg&list=dgr&kw=ist

Friday, March 14, 2008

Rebates for Gardening

Gardening Green Week

Some counties like Santa Clara offer big rebates (Up to $1000 for residential landscapes!) for landscaping with drought-tolerant plants (off of their approved plant list) so you cut back or eliminate water usage in the garden.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Gardens

Gardening Green Week

Jepson Herbaria - Berkeley http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/

Overfelt Gardens Native Plant and Wildlife sanctuary 368 Educational Park Drive, San Jose, Ca 95133http://www.sjparks.org/Parks/Regional%20Parks/OverfeltGardens0107.asp

Filoli Gardens 86 Canola Road Woodside CA (650) 364-8300 x507 http://www.filoli.org/

Strybing Arboretum Golden Gate Park 9th Avenue and Lincoln WaySan Francisco CA 94122 (415) 661-1316 http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/

U.C. Berkeley Botanical GardenCentennial Drive Berkeley CA 94720(510) 643-2755 http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/

East Bay Regional Botanical Garden Tilden Regional Park Wildcat Canyon Road Berkeley CA 94708 (925) 631-6614 for events and classeshttp://www.nativeplants.org/

Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens 2660 East Lake Avenue (Hwy 152) Watsonville, CA 95076 (831) 763-0939 http://www.sierraazul.com/

U.C.S.C. Arboretum U.C. Santa Cruz Santa Cruz CA 95064 (408) 427-2998www2.ucsc.edu/arboretum/

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Gardening Groups

Garden Green Week

California native Plant Society
http://www.cnps.org/

Master Gardeners
http://mastergardeners.org/

Monday, March 10, 2008

Nurseries

Garden Green Week

Bay Area nurseries with CA Natives:

- Annies Annuals (Richmond)
- Natives Here Nursury (Berkeley)
- Orchard Nursury (Lafayette)
- Yerba Buena Nursery (Woodside)
- Mostly Natives (Marin)
- California Nursery (Fulton [Santa Rosa])


Wholesale:
Native Son (So. Cal)
Las Pilitas (So. Cal)
North Coast Native Nursery (Petaluma)

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Gardening with natives

Very few of the nurseries that carry native plants seem to be open on the weekends for any length of time.

I was feeling a little down about my goal of creating a hummingbird/butterfly garden with CA Natives, but this weekend, I actually found some. I revisited a nursery I had previously not thought well of (visiting them in January is apparently not a good time). and they had two sections of CA natives. on was tucked way back in the carner, and had 4" pots of plants, not a huge selection, but enough (I bought 3 - a california fuscia, a scarlet monkey flower, and chinese houses plant)and then there was a larger section with 1 & 5 gallon pots that were more shrubs and trees.

Then, I noticed that one of the pots I bought form that nursury had the name of another nurseury in the area that I had been menaing to go to annie annuals, and seeing that Annies carried CA natives, made me want to go there.

Annies is HUGE! and they have a larger section of CA natives I bought about 7 CA Natives (and 3 non-natives for another place in my garden). I'm feeling much better about my plan now.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

All Edibles

"Berkeley Tetris Garden"
If you're serious about making a change to your lifestyle, you can call these guys to help you.

http://www.alledibles.com/

They will take your yard and make it a productive edible landscape for you to enjoy.