My Climate Zone
Sunset Climate ZoneZone 8
USDA Plant Hardines ZoneZone 9a
My Mulch Profile
Gardening Ability2 - Sort of Experienced
My 5 favorite plants areCarex praegracilis; Cercis occidentalis; Eschscholzia californica; Phyla nodiflora; Ribes aureum
What is a garden myth you hear frequently which you know is untrue?Till!
And, what is the reality?Don't till!
Do you have a gardening philosophy you would like to share with other gardeners? What is it?Plan for no maintenance. Discover the existence of monster weeds. Accept that the plan was unrealistic.
If you could grow only one plant, what would it be?Cercis occidentalis
What plant have you tried to grow that has given you the most trouble? Or, what plant would you like to grow and can't, and why?I wish I could grow Lupinus albifrons, but I have absolutely no drainage.
What is your favorite color in the garden?purple
What do you dislike most about gardening?weeds! (especially Bermuda grass and annual bluegrass)
What do you like most about gardening?native plants
Favorite NurseryFloral Native in Chico, or Annie's Annuals online
Cat or Dog personCat Person
What is your Garden Test Score?6-10 Good Start
Plant Care Provider Profile
When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!
When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?
When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?
When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?
Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?
When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?
Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?
When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?
What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?
Treat for Pest/Disease
How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?
When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?
When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?
When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?
Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?