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Rain Break

It is starting to feel a little like spring, despite the ongoing rain. By the way, there are photos of the March hailstorm in earlier posts now, if you want to check them out, see And Now Hail and the next couple of posts to view them.

After 5 unsuccessful attempts to hold a workday at City College of San Francisco, we finally succeeded this week--twice! On Saturday the rain stopped long enough that for 3 of us to plant broccoli and weed the lettuce and peas. Today, Monday, it suddenly stopped raining in the afternoon. This is the 6th time I have attempted to meet students at 2 on Monday. Although I doubted anyone else would come, I drove over, and one other person did show up. We had a nice chat while weeding a bed to prepare it for planting. With a new class starting Saturday, and many seedlings in waiting from the last class, we are going to need more room to plant!

Next Saturday marks the first week of 111G, a 6 week class that I teach at City College of San Francisco. The course will cover summer crops such as tomatoes, beans, squash and cucumbers as well as now to deal with pests without resorting to pesticides. It begins at 9 AM, Saturday, April 8th, in the horticulture building, on the north side of the Phelan Avenue Campus. Send me an email  (see About page) for info on enrolling, or come on Saturday.

Imagine if, from now on this spring, it would rain no more than a couple of days a week instead of 6 1/2 out of 7. My damp feet are starting to feel warmer already just imagining it!

I bought a gardening book this month, which I don't do very often. It is California Native Plants for the Garden by Carol Bornstein, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien, Cachuma Press, Los Olivos, CA, 2005. It is a book I have been hoping someone would do, a list of over 500 plants, with 450 color photos, evaluating the native best trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and bulbs for garden use. It has answered several of my burning questions so far. It includes care and pruning directions, climatic adaptation, plant lists for various garden situations, and much more.

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