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Sue’s Blingalicious Bowling Ball

Easy craft! After becoming inspired by decorated Bowling Balls (BBs), artist, Sue Gerdes from South Dakota and a long time member of Flea Market Gardening, developed a simple way to create a brilliantly sparkly bowling ball to decorate her garden. Here’s how she did it:

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Our Good Sierra Foothill Soil

Our ‘bad’ soil… I get comments all the time about ‘our bad soil’ in the Oakhurst, Coarsegold and North Fork areas. Giving this some thought, I’m wondering if gardeners are making use of the natural ‘mulch’ we have in pine needles and oak leaves.

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Rainy Spring Walk with Maggie

On a rainy day in April, I still take Maggie for her daily walk in the garden. It’s not cold and though Maggie’s not a fan of wet, she loves to walk and sniff, waggy, waggy…she sniffs everything! Just yesterday, I was weeding the meadow, dressed in a t-shirt and jeans, with the sun warm on my back. Now rain! ...

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A Flea Market Garden: Art or Junk?

Simply growing flowers and plants is not enough for a Flea Market gardener. If you have hung an old weathered sign in your garden or filled a galvanized bucket with petunias, you may be one! For some of us, we have an innate desire to grow plants in a variety of odd containers, in old tool boxes, in wire baskets ...

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Got Deer? Get Them To Stop Eating Your Plants!

I looked out my back door one morning last year, and realized that I could see my propane tank. It wasn’t that my eyesight had improved during the night, but rather that a bunch of munching deer had eaten all the leaves off the Photinia shrub that had, up until then, beautifully blocked my view of the unsightly thing. (The ...

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Landscape For Defensible Space – Master Gardeners Show You How

COULTERVILLE – The hillsides are beautiful now, but it won’t be long before all that green turns to brown and fire season is here. Mariposa County Master Gardeners will present a free, public workshop on fire-safe landscaping on Saturday, Apr. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Coulterville School and Community Clubhouse at the corner of Cemetery and Broadway.

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