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A landcape of trees and mountains with the leaves changing color to yellow and orange.

Sep 19, 2022

Why Leaves Change Color in the Fall

So, why do leaves change color from vibrant green to fiery autumn hues? It starts with green-pigmented chlorophyll, which is concentrated within plant cell walls. Chlorophyll absorbs sunlight and initiates photosynthesis, nature's process of taking light from the sun and converting it into glucose (food) for a plant.
A child in a straw hat with a large bunch of freshly harvested celery.

Apr 28, 2022

Flashback Friday (2019) - So Much has Changed, So Much is the Same

Garden Expansion Project It was fun to revisit this pre-pandemic post to see what has changed and what has stayed t...
A close up shot of native California flowers, including poppies.

Apr 21, 2022

Earth Day 2022 - Invest in our Planet

Earth Day 2022 - “Invest in our Planet. What will you do?” Our actions have a ripple effect, and I know that personal...
A close up shot of a ladybug eating aphids.

Apr 6, 2022

Ladybugs: Beautiful Beetles that Help Protect Your Garden

My love for ladybugs runs pretty deep. It's not just because they are known to bring good luck, but they also bring ...

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